Mobile Learning Centres

BRINGING EDUCATION TO EXCLUDED CHILDREN
(Save the Children India 'Bal Raksha Bharat' and Aviva Life Insurance.)

Education is one of the most powerful instruments. A survey of street children in Delhi, published by Save the Children in April 2011, showed that there are approximately 51,000 children living on the street across the nine districts of Delhi. The majority of these children do not attend school despite favorable changes in the legislative framework with the enforcement of the ‘Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act, 2010’ which guarantees free and compulsory education to all children between 6 and 14. While this is an encouraging and landmark piece of legislation, great numbers of children aged between 6 and 14 remain excluded from mainstream education. The Act also fails to provide for children between the ages of 3 and 6, a critical time in a child’s development.

The vision of this project is to- ‘Bring Education to Excluded Children’. Mobile Learning Centre is a departure from the usual reading within the four walls of schools, reaching the un-reached and motivating these children to engage their minds in an exciting learning process. By creating access to quality appropriate learning materials for children in traditionally underserved slum settlements, we can gradually motivate them to start or go back to mainstream education, or begin appropriate vocational skills training.

Our goal is basically to mainstream children over a period of two years, we plan to reach a total of 800 (400 each year) street and slum children, aged between 3 and 14 years, deprived of their basic right to education by bringing education to their door steps, progressively eliminating them from labor and integrating them within mainstream education and society.

Under the project NDS India is covering the South Delhi Region such as Okhla Phase-I, Tehkhand, Sonia Gandhi Camp, Tughlaqabad Railway Station, Tughlaqabad Village, etc.

Key Responsibility Areas of MLC:

  • Create access to education on the doorsteps of 800 hard to reach out-of-school children (400 children per full year) and engage them in learning.
  • To protect and prevent vulnerable children from being forced into exploitative labor through engaging with communities, parents, employers and municipal government and increasing their awareness of children’s right to education.
  • To ensure the gradual withdrawal of 200 (year one) – 500 (year two) children per from their current engagement in unsafe and exploitative work by integrating them into formal education or skill training programmes.
  • To design, develop and advocate for municipal government and other key stakeholders to take up a replicable model of education for hard to reach children, across cities which have a high concentration of street and working children in the country.

Direct Beneficiaries : Mobile Learning Centre will reach up to 400 out of school children per year (300 6-14 year olds and 100 3-6 year olds), providing education, and counseling and referral services, with approximately one third of these children going on to be mainstreamed into formal education or integrated into an appropriate skill training programme. Additionally, up to 150 school children per year will benefit from having the opportunity to act as peer educators on this programme.

Indirect Beneficiaries : As the Mobile Learning Centre move through several squatter settlements and other areas we will indirectly reach an estimated 5,000 children. We also expect residents of these areas to show an interest in the van and gradually start using the services. The van will also be fitted with audio visual equipment, and contain materials for raising awareness and educational materials which will be distributed across the communities. The indirect reach will also involve reaching the community, with a particular focus on involving parents through the entire process.

Key stakeholders:

  • Community, Parents of children, General public especially middle class, School children and college students, Resident Welfare Associations
  • District level: CHILDLINE, School principals, Chairperson, District Child Protection Society, District Labour welfare officers,  District Child Protection Officers
  • State: NGO networks on RTE and Child Protection, Labour Minister (Delhi State), Secretary- Education, Education Directorate, Secretary, Department of Labour, Delhi State,  Chairman and Members, DCPCR,  MCD Primary Education Director,  Mayor, Delhi,  Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development, Director, Mission Convergence, Secretary, Department of Women and Child Development (Social Welfare Department)
  • Media: Print, Electronic and Social.