Community Based Educational Programme

Community Based Educational Programmes
In 1988, introducing Non Formal Education (NFE) as a strategy to reach out to a group of
about 50 out of school adolescents in the Dalit Ambedkar Nagar, Colaba to prevent them
from growing into illiterate adulthood was the much needed first step. We have since come
a very long way.
Today, in Mumbai, the educational needs of the children in the community are met through
a range of Community Based Educational Programmes. To ensure maximum outreach in allcommunities where we work, classes are conducted at a time, place and pace convenient to the each respective group of children. These classes are conducted for 2 ½ hours a day for 5 days a week.

Balwadi

The Balwadi (pre-school preparation programme) where 3-6 year olds are prepared for school and entry into school is ensured as soon as the child is of eligible age.  The balwadi thus serves as a preventive measure – preventing children from joining the ranks of child labour.

In the Balwadi, emphasis is given to stimulating age appropriate physical, cognitive,and socio emotional development.Through close contact with the community and through regular surveys, pre schoolers are identified and motivated to join our balwadis.

Study Classes
The Study Class, a supportive measure, through which extra coaching input is given to
the students from Std. I to IV attending the Hindi and Marathi medium of the nearby
municipal school. These young school goers are often first generation learners and tend to drop out when the coping with academics in school becomes frustrating.  The study class offers the support they need to continue within the formal set up and minimizes the chances of dropping out from the formal school.

The community based study classes ensure easy accessibility for the children. The children attend the study classes either before or after their school shift, where they study in small groups depending on the standard they are enrolled in school.

Focus in the study classes is on reinforcing and building literacy and numeracy skills.
Complementing this, co curricular activities scattered throughout the year offer the kids
varied exposure and opportunity to grow.

Non Formal Education (NFE)
The Non Formal Education class which addresses the educational need of the out of school children in the age group of 7-18 years, serves as a remedial measure, giving these children an opportunity for gaining literacy skills which they otherwise would not have had. The curriculum is more in the form of a layered framework, where the content can be modified according to the level and interest of the group. Emphasis is mainly given on language and mathematical skills most need for daily interaction.