INCLUSION THROUGH EDUCATION
Approximately 55 percent of the Indian population is under the poverty line. India is fourth among the top 10 nations with the highest numbers of out-of children in primary level. Furthermore, the rate of school drop-outs amongst students is very high. One of the main reasons behind uncertainty of livelihood and poverty. When earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance.
WHAT WE ARE DOING
Children are always eager to learn. Unfortunately, many of them do not have access to education. Education is not only a child’s right; it is also the most powerful human tool to bring about change. EFRAH creates inclusive learning environments and promote quality teaching learning practices. EFRAH’s mission is to empower needy children and communities to break the Vicious Cycle of Poverty where poverty spawns problems of malnourishment and mortality, while lack of education ensures children follow in their parents’ footsteps scraping a daily existence as manual labor or rag-pickers. Based on many years of experience, we target the rag-pickers, child labour, domestic help, sibling carin,g children working in garment industry. At EFRAH we ensure all children (6-18 years), especially girls from vulnerable and excluded families, successfully complete 10 years of education in school with appropriate learning levels. EFRAH is working closely with the drop-outs, child labors through the enrollment of children in Balwadi, Non-Formal and Remedial Education centers and providing them the bridge course and mainstreaming in the formal school (Government school or NIOS).
More than 50,000 children are direct beneficiaries of EFRAH within which 18,000 children were mainstream into the different formal schools, to start their formal education.
HOW WE ARE DOING
EFRAH is running 24 education learning centers and Library Program, Teachers Training and Financial Education Program to provide services to the underprivileged community. EFRAH is running following education programme:-
1. NIOS Schooling-There are a variety of reasons that children may not attend or may not thrive in a legally recognized, Board-affiliated school and for these children; Open Schooling offers a meaningful path of education certification
2. Alternative Innovative Education Programme- In order to improve the quality of education in primary schools to support the national objective of universal enrolment and retention, Save the Children in partnership with EFRAH initiated a project on bringing quality in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) primary schools. Through the programme in SDMC schools EFRAH creates inclusive learning environments and promote quality teaching learning practices.
3. Pre-Schooling or Balwadi- A Balwadi is an early learning day care center for children between the ages of three and five. Balwadis provide a safe environment for young children whose parents work.Â The children have opportunities to learn and they are also provided with a nutritious meal.
4. Non formal education (NFE) and Bridge course- The primary goal of this NFE is to motivate and prepare children to gain admission into formal school. EFRAH provides bridge courses to those children who have suffered breaks in their formal education. The programme provides intensive coaching to such children, aiming to help them re-join formal schooling in a class appropriate to their age. The non-formal education focuses on interesting and interactive learning through a participatory approach. A wide range of techniques are employed under the program, including painting, games, story, telling, songs, quizzes, etc. EFRAH mainstream more than 18000 out of school children in to the schools.
5. Remedial education class (REC)- Remedial Education is defined as ‘connected with school students who are slower at learning than others’.Â This helps ensure that children with learning difficulties get enough support in their learning process and do not drop out of mainstream school because of financial or other reasons. Children are taught in separate groups as per their age. The teachers who manage the centres monitor every child's progress periodically.
Graduates from our Non-Formal Education Centers (NFE's), i.e. former drop-outs who have been bridged and mainstreamed back into school, also attend REC's so we can make sure they have no problems adjusting to either coursework or school life in general.