Problem we are trying to address
India has a majority of its population living below poverty line. Eventually, people residing in slums, or other remote areas, are more concerned about fulfilling their daily needs, which, sometimes, forces their children to work, rather than thinking about their future. As a result, these children remain directionless; they do not recognize their potential. Further, being crude with their thoughts and actions, do not have proper decision-making and problem solving abilities. This is a consequence of the environment, which they stay in, which does not prioritize education and hence, children are not able to get opportunities to explore their talent. This, in turn results in them being under confident and hence unemployed which, further impairs their mental health.
Life skills are abilities that enable us to think critically, analyze the hurdles ahead and tackle life boldly with a positive attitude. Therefore they are as important as getting a formal education, without which students can gain the knowledge but would not learn how to implement it in the real-life scenarios.
They should be incorporated at schools as an integrated program with the formal education that will help develop self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making to great extent.
Let’s Educate Children In Need (LECIN) is a Delhi based non-profit organization that works with the children from the low-income sector of our society. LECIN is currently working intensively with 250 children from slums and schools of Delhi NCR. The organization believes in experiential and value-based learning that can help the children develop themselves holistically.
LECIN was started by two 2nd year, B.Tech students Nupur and Rohit, back in 2015. Earlier, both worked for other organizations and sensitized about the issue. After a few months they started their initiative - LECIN. The organization has developed various creative programs through which they are bridging the gaps between different sectors of society.
In three years of its existence, LECIN has worked with 1000 kids, 63 organizations, 20 Teachers and 275 volunteers. It was their immaculate work that brought the attention of numerous prestigious organizations on them. The evidence of such acclaim came as the Changelooms fellowship which was conferred by Pravah and supported by Oracle and GKS and helped them in realizing their own potential as young leaders in bringing about bigger systemic change that’s sustainable.
How do we go about it?
The methodology we plan to adopt encompasses a wide range of activities from story-telling and role plays to highly enriching ones like group discussions and survey based projects. The highlight of this project will include case studies and real-life projects that will be taken up by the children themselves. We also plan to acquire a space in community where sessions can be conducted in a disciplined and legitimate manner.
LECIN aims to extend this program to as many as 500 children over a duration of one year. Our plan is to deliver Life Skills sessions based on 5 key skills- self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills and responsible decision making, to 500 students at slums and Government schools in Delhi NCR.
This process will unfold in two phases :
1) Separate Life Skills sessions
2) Integration of Life Skills with academics to make a sustainable model.
How you can be the part of this Change?
We, at LECIN, have dreamed to bring a psychosocial change which is certainly a challenging task, going down to the root level and trying to change the fruit. We invite you to join us in this vision and contribute your part towards a better society.
To improve the effectiveness and impact for long-term on our children, we need to increase the frequency of our sessions to connect better. The shortage of funds and lack of proper infrastructure as kept the effectiveness on hold.
Financial support will help us maintain the consistency and deliver the sessions more frequently and efficiently.
Help LECIN to spread smiles to more and more children!