EDUCATION

One of the strategic goals of the organization includes early intervention in the life of the a child living in the streets and slums and providing them adequate facilities to bring them out of cycle of poverty.


Our Holistic Education Programme for underprivileged children in the slums of Kolkata and Howrah is a major programme formulated to ensure basic educational rights of disadvantaged children in the age group of 3 to 18 years.

The programme has five major components:
  • Education
  • Health
  • Gender
  • Community mobilization and
  • Capacity building

Our goal:

To ensure mainstream education for all children of vulnerable communities.


 Objectives


  • Educating Underprivileged children’s of age 3-5 through early intervention centre.
  • Providing best coaching assistance to the needy students of vulnerable community, through coaching centres.
  • Organize campaigns among different levels of society to spread awareness about importance of education and importance of sending children to formal schools.
  • Ensuring all People of Deprived community is aware of the government’s schemes and is being utilized by the people effectively.
  • Increasing awareness of child protection through making people aware about the rights of children.
  • Making parents and children aware of importance of Nutritional value and health benefits for our body’s sustainability.
  • Provide ample amount of opportunities through different Co-curricular activities to realize their own interests and potential.
  • Formation and Capacity Building of Peer Educator Groups and Parent’s Committee.

 HKF Education South


Achievements:

  • 213 children from HKF Coaching appeared for their final examination in schools.
  • Only 2 children could not be promoted to their next class in school, 17 of the children have been promoted to next class but they were not given the results from the school.
  • The grade-wise distribution of 195 children in the formal school examination results shows that 22% in Grade A (80-100 percent), 29% in Grade B (60-79 percent), 43% of them are in Grade C (25-59 percent) and 6% in grade D.
  • 26 drop outs from coaching centre’s and majority of have taken Private tuitions which shows there seriousness towards education and earning opportunity for parents have increased.
  • Over 90% of students scored more than 50% marks in quarterly test at coaching Centre’s.
  • 235 students received 100 days coaching and out of which 222 students have been promoted to next class which is 94.45%.
  • 80% of children have improved their weight in crèche.

 HKF Education North


Achievements:

  • 311 children from HKF Coaching appeared in the annual examination in school. Out of the, 7 have not been promoted to the next class, 13 children have lost their results, 2 children did not receive the results from school and 4 children have appeared for Madhyamik Examination this year in February 2014.
  • The Grade-wise distribution of the remaining 285 children shows that the highest percentage of children are in Grade C (25-59 percent), which is 63%, followed by 20% in Grade B (60-79 percent), 11% in Grade D (below 25 percent) and 7% in Grade A (80-100 percent).
  • 14 children from Narkeldanga area have received Minority Scholarship due to their good results in school. They have been provided a sum of Rs. 1240 through cheque from their formal school.
  • Average percentage of attendance in the crèche and Coaching during the period is 95% and 86% respectively.
  • 100% of children received nutrition, who all were present in the crèche.
  • 80 % of children have improved their weight for age in crèche and 64% of children in coaching have improved their weight.
  • 95% of students have scored more than 50% in quarterly test at coaching Centre’s.
  • 45% of the parents in the crèche and 50% of the parents in the coaching, who regularly attended the parents meeting within the centre are those parents who understand the importance of education in the life of their children and give their best efforts to do the maximum for their children, in spite of their several constraint in economic and intellectual level.
  • 5 children in the age group of 3-6 years have been linked with the ICDS programme to ensure their pre-primary education and supplementary nutrition service.
  • 27 adolescent girls have been linked with the Sabola Project under ICDS, to address their adolescent health related problem and get the supply of IFA (Iron Folic Acid) Tablets ensured to them under the project.
  • 37 out of school and drop out children from the community have been enrolled to formal school.
  • The Annual scholarship for sc/st children is Rs 500, given by central Government form school. Minority Scholarship is given to girls of Rs 1240 twice a year, through Cheque from the school. Scholarship is also given to BPL Children by Government, Many HOPE children have Got this Scholarship.

 Kasba: Integrated English Medium Center


Achievements

  • 95% of students scored more than 50% in quarterly test at Coaching centre.
  • Average attendance of students in crèche and coaching centre were 70% and 80% respecvely.
  • 85% of students (17 out of 20) have been promoted to next class.
  • ASER stands for Annual Status of Education Report. This is an annual survey that aims to provide reliable annual estimates of children’s and basic learning levels for each district and state in India.

 Success Stories

  • Santanu (5 years): of Kasba coaching studies in KG-I in Alorporosh School. He scored 377 out of 400 in his Annual Examination in school with 94% marks and got A+ grade and was ranked in 5th position in school. His favorite subject is mathematics. He likes to do drawing and recite poetry. Santanu stays with his father and mother in a rented house. His father is a rickshaw puller. His monthly income is Rs3000/- per month and his mother is a house wife. Santnu is a obedient child and regular in the centre.
  • Sona: came to Hope Prep centre in 2003. From here she got admitted in Y.M.W.S. School where she studied from Nursery to class IV. After passing class IV she got admitted in Arya Vidyamandir School. Now she is in class IX She came 1st in her Annual Examination this year. She got highest marks in Mathematics, Physical science, Life science, History, Geography and Bengali. Her family is financially very poor. When she was in class III, her father passed away. Now she stays with her two elder brothers and one elder sister who is in class X and comes to Hope coaching. Her mother is a house wife. Her elder brother is working in Hope Foundation‘s Community Video Unit and another elder brother is studying B.Com 1st year from Shyamaprasad College. Both her elder brothers got tuition from Hope Coaching. Sona is a serious and hard working child. We wish her success in life.
  • Aurangzeb: aged 14 yrs living in Chitpur says, 'I was not able to take admission in class IX due to financial crisis, but my teachers from Hope helped me to take admission and my dream of completing school education is becoming true. Thanks to Hope'.

HKF Education Howrah


Achievements:

  • 434 children appeared for the final examination in school. 5 of them have appeared for the Madhyamik (Class X Board) in February 2014 and awaiting their results. The Grade-wise distribution of the remaining 429 children, shows 5% are in Grade A (80-100 percent), 20% in Grade B (60-79 percent), 66% in Grade C(25-59 percent) and 9% in Grade D (below 25 percent).
  • Average attendance of students in the crèche and coaching centre is 86% and 92% respectively.
  • 73% of Students Have scored more than 50% in quarterly test.
  • Of the 20 children in crèche, 17 children (85%) have been successfully mainstreamed to formal school. 3 girls have been linked with the ICDS as they have not yet reached the age limit to get admission in formal school.
  • Most of the Dropouts Children have joined private Tuition’s.
  • 100% of Children received nutrition who all Present in the Crèche and Coaching Centre’s.
  • The average attendance of the parents in the Parent’s Meeting in crèche was 18 and in coaching were 400 during the reporting period.
  • On an average 17 parents in crèche and 284 parents in coaching have made monthly contribution. Contribution is being utilized in some of activities like spent for Celebration of Special Days in the Education Centre like Independence Day, Saraswati Puja, Birthday of Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose, and For Installing New Computer that is to be used for the Project Purpose.
  • Parents are always encouraged to visit formal schools, where their children are studying. It is important for parents to value their child’s education and thus they are motivated to get updates on child’s progress from schools.
  • Capacity Building of the staff and the Peer Educators is an important activity of the project. The Peer Educators have been trained on the Child Protection Policy.

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 Success Stories

  • Afsana Khatun : reads in class-VIII, Like every child she every day come to centre and like every child she loves to read and make fun with friends. But few days she was coming late to our coaching centre and she was upset. We asked her reason and she told in her house they beat her if she denied to do work, even they threatened her that they will not give her permission to attend the centre as well as in school. Her parent told her that if she learns some household work that can be usable in her married life. So she stop going school. Parent committee members of Panchpra called the parent in their monthly sharing program and share the JJ act and child rights issue and the concern issues related girl’s education and make them understand their fault. Again our staffs aware them the importance of education in our life during their regular home visit. After all, Afsana regular in her school and coaching centre.
  • Rupa Chowdhury : from Bhagar passed Madhyamik in this year. Of the student is. She has four members in her family. Her father Shankar Chowdhury is a Rickshaw puller and earns 3000/ monthly. As the financial condition of her house is not good it was hard to continue her education. She realizes that her parent could not help any way to her study. She starts tuitions to other small children in her area and that expense in her studies. Now she takes admission in Shilpasharam Vidyalaya in Class XI. Bhagar (Hell) damping ground slum where people always struggle for their bread and butter and the girls always spreading their hand in garbage to help the family. Where girls always feel unsafe and insecure and always ruined their childhood. Rupa showing the ways and struggle to others for hope a better future.

 

 The Nabadisha Project


Hope Kolkata Foundation runs the Nabadisha Project in association with the Kolkata Police Community Policing Wing. It caters to the need of children living in the streets of Kolkata. The Kolkata Police provides the space for running the centre and health support to the children apart from other support based on the needs of the children. HKF runs Nabadisha project in 4 Police Station in Kolkata via Gariahat, Topshia, New market and Tollygunge.


Gariahat Nabadisha

The children in the Gariahat Nabadisha come mainly from KMC (Kolkata Municipal Corporation) Ward Nos 86 and 68. A group of the children are residing under the Gariahat Flyover and is primarily a street population. Approximately 120 people are living under the Gariahat flyover that falls under KMC Ward No 86. The primary occupation of the people living under the Gariahat Flyover is daily labourer, domestic helpers and rag pickers. 48% of the population belongs to minority community. They do not have access to the basic entitlements and basic amenities like safe shelter, safe drinking water.
They only access the free toilets constructed by KMC. Temporary migration of the population and eviction are two major problems that the population living under the Gariahat Flyover is facing. Another group of children coming to the Gariahat Nabadisha centre are from the nearby Garcha slum area under the KMC Ward No 86. It is a bigger slum with the approximate population of 2500 people. The people are mainly day labourers, domestic helpers and construction labourers. They have access to latrines and drinking water service by KMC. Another bunch of children comes from Gariahat Bazar area falling under KMC Ward No 68. The population in this area lives in a registered slum in BSUP (Basic Service for Urban Poor) quarters and their main occupation is domestic labour, daily labour and sweepers and they have access to latrine and drinking water from KMC. The total population of this area is approximately 250. The baseline conducted by the project staff in the month of July 2014, reveals there are 26 families living in the street under the Gariahat Police Station and it includes 72 children.

Topshia Nabadisha

The children in the Topshia Nabadisha are coming mainly from two areas-Rifle Range Road, which falls under KMC Ward No 59 and from Karaya slum that falls under KMC Ward No 64. The approximate population of the slum in Rifle Range Road is 3555 and that in Karaya is 4600. The people living in the slums mainly works as vendors, sellers and are engaged in leather work. They have access to latrine and drinking water facility from KMC. Almost 98% of the population living in the area belongs to minority sector. The recent survey conducted by the project team reveals that there are 7 families living in the street in the Topshia area comprising of 20 children.

Tollygunge Nabadisha

The children in Tollygunge comes mainly from three areas under KMC Ward number 88, namely, Sree Mohan Lane, Chandra Mondol Lane and Bawali Mondol Lane. The slums in Sree Mohan Lane and Chadra Mohan Lane are both registered slum with approximate population of 2339 and 4119 respectively. While the slum in Bawali Mondol Lane is unregistered and have an approximate population of 3286. Latrine, drinking water service and electricity is provided to the slums through KMC. The main occupation of the people is day labourers and domestic helpers. The recent survey conducted by the project team reveals that there are 51 families living in the street in the Tollygunge area comprising of 122 children.

New Market Nabadisha

The children in New Market Nabadisha are coming mainly from 2 areas from Janbazar and the street population in and around New Market area covering KMC Ward No 51, 52 and 46. The slum population in Janbazar area approximately 3500 and street population in New Market is 500. 30% of the population in New Market area is minority. The main occupation of the people in Janbazar area is cobbler, shop keepers and plumbers, while that in New market area is domestic worker and rag pickers. Migration and eviction is major problem in the New Market street population. The recent survey conducted by the project team in the reveals that there are 43 families, comprising of 82 children living in the street in the area coming under the jurisdiction of New Market Police Station.

Academic Achievements

44 children from the Topshia formal unit and 29 children from Gariahat formal unit have appeared for the final examination in their formal school and all of them have been successfully promoted to their next class in school. From Topshia, results of 33 children have been collected. The grade wise The Nabadisha Project distribution of the children in Topshia centre shows that majority of the children are in Grade C (25-59 percent), which is 64% followed by 21% in Grade B (60-79 percent) and 15% in Grade A (80-100 percent). While in Gariahat, 29 children appeared for the formal examination in school. The Grade-wise distribution of the children in the Gariahat Centre shows that the majority of the children are in Grade C (25-59 percent) which is 69% followed by 24% in Grade B (60-79 percent) and 7% in Grade A (80-100 percent). One child from Topshia Nabadisha, Md. Sahabaj Alam, a student of class VIII in Park Circus Boys School also received a minority scholarship, that is sponsored by the Central Government. He is provided a sum of Rs. 1240, twice a year through cheque from the school.

 Success Stories

It is a remarkable story of a girl, named Tarannu Khatun who was born in Topsia with a left eye blindness. When she was just 3 years old and her mother was pregnant her father left her due to extra-marital affairs. After this, her mother made great efforts to raise her and her younger brother, through her indomitable courage and efforts. She mainly resorted to rag picking to earn a living for her family. The whole family used to stay on the streets near Topsia throughout the day and used to go to their rented room in the night. HOPE Foundation Kolkata team tracked her as a street child and brought her to the Topsia Nabadisha centre and she took admission in the "Our Lady Queen of the Mission" school. From her childhood she is a very studious child and despite her serious handicap she wants to excel in life and have a successful career ahead. Last year in her annual exams in school she came third in spite of her financial and physical challenge. She is improving by the day and we wish that she makes a name for herself in her future endeavours.

 Community Awareness and Events


Peer Group Training

Meetings with the peer group members were done regularly. Peer Educators gave training on Nutrition and Health, students of Lifeskills evening coaching gave the training on Child Labour, Motivation, Child Marriage, Emotions, Anger Management, Cooperative exercise game was done

Awareness Camp

Right to Education Act, Drug Addiction, Enrolment camp was done where teachers from Different schools came to our centre, children’s from the camp was enrolled into formal school, Health and Hygiene and Adolescent Health and Child Marriage.

Parent’s committee meetings

Formation of parents committee and meeting them regularly to develop their skill for social audit of the programme and advocating the educational rights of the children. In the parents committee meeting was done in the following topics like Right to Education, Health and Hygiene, Child Protection Policy, savings and Adolescent health.

Stakeholder Meeting Outcomes

The major stakeholders in our project includes the parents committee, local club members, local religious leaders, formal school teachers, ICDS teachers and helpers, ward office authorities, councillors. 11 children from the crèche are being mainstreamed to formal schools through the Enrolment Camp.

Networking Visits

Networking and advocacy with schools and concerned govt. organisations is a key area of focus of the project. Advocacy is being done with govt. to ensure that the children and the community avail the govt. schemes and policies.

Formal School Teacher Help

The teachers help us with the data of the tracking of the regularity of the children in the formal school through the monthly school visit.

Home Visits

Home visits are being done to sensitize parents about the importance of education for there Children’s.

Local Club members

During the arrangements of the Awareness camps or Stakeholder meetings in the clubs, the club members took the initiative and help us in the activities of the Programme.

 New Methodologies of Teaching


Jolly Phonics

  • It is a systematic Phonics programme designed to teach children to read and write, instead of learning the English alphabets in the traditional way the children learned the 42 letters sound of English Language. HKF North have started the Jolly Phonic programme with the crèche children and they have completed 5th book in with the crèche. The children in the crèche knows the sound of the alphabets and the action with each sound.

Froebel Report

  • The Froebel professors deliver workshops to the teachers of Hope and some groups of students are placed in Hope Coaching. Some of outcomes:
  • The children learnt place value, addition and subtraction.
  • The children learnt vocabulary through bingo Game and Loop Card
  • Children learnt numbers thorough number bottles.
  • Children learn numbers and colour through game methodology.
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 Training for Teachers and Social Workers


Froebel Workshop - 1

The Froebel work shop-1 work shop was held in these 6 months, all the workshop to help the staff to give better teaching learning process.

Child protection training - 2

They are trained to follow the rules and regulation of child protection. Guide line has been given to the staff they could deal with children in the most effective or in a good way.

FManagement level training

The Coordinator was trained on Situational Analysis. This training help in giving proper guide line to staff to make a good project proposal.

Jolly Phonics training - 1

The teachers were given a reorientation on Jolly Phonics by an overseas volunteer. It helped them to have a better grip in using Jolly Phonics in the centre and overcome the difficulties.

Teachers Training - Hope Kolkata Foundation
Teachers Training - Hope Kolkata Foundation

 Empowering and Protecting the children


Child Development Khazana

Street children being the most vulnerable and underprivileged section of the society demands protection at the highest level. Nabadisha have partnered with Butterfly, a Delhi-based organisation to implement a child saving programme with the street children of the Nabadisha Project named Child Development Khazana . The children act collaboratively and they are empowered to save an amount for themselves. The children are trained to manage and promote CDK. They maintain cashbook, ledger, passbook, and monitor advance and loan under adult guidance. It creates a sense of saving in the children. Another aspect to this project is adding the component of health, wherein selective CDK members are trained on various health issues and problems that they later share with the peer to spread awareness in the community. Presently, 130 children from the Nabadisha project is enrolled under the CDK programme and the total savings during the reporting period is Rs.6475 (81 Euro).