Among our new educational initiatives is Sshrishti Ujjwal Learning Centre, located in Village Ullawas, Sector 61 Gurugram, Haryana. With a population of around 700 the community largely comprises of migrant families from the states of West Bengal and Bihar.
They reside in an isolated pocket of about 110 tin roofed kutcha hutments. They work as labourers at the several under construction sites for high rises that dot Gurugram and also as domestic helps in the developed colonies.
A lack of necessary identification and frequent migration causes the excluded community to remain devoid of primary civic amenities including health and education. They grapple with exploitation at the hands of slumlords or even their contractors or employers and live in the most deplorable conditions.
The community of Village Ullawas are in the age group of 20 - 40 years old with most of them having had early marriages and migrating to the city in search of better income opportunities. These labourers find it hard to earn a decent living to educate their children who are left unattended, when the women go to the neighbouring apartments as domestic help. Young girls are not sent to school and tend to their siblings when the parents go out for work. Undernourishment and ill-health of the children are other issues faced by the community.
Sshrishti Ujjwal is an urgent initiative to reach out to the neglected community and to mobilize them with the mission of ensuring quality education to every child.
The centre presently runs from an open ground space under a tree and caters for Nursery and remedial classes. Children from the age of 3 to 14 years come to this centre and enjoy learning through play. Books and learning material are provided along with provisions of biscuits twice in a week.
Principle Objectives of the project --
- To provide a critical and robust foundation for learning in the early years
- To establish a learning centre in a suitable child friendly place with basic infrastructure and amenities. This will encourage enrollment, student retention, regular attendance of the students and greater interest in learning at the centre
- To improve learning outcomes by adopting innovative pedagogical methods
- To improve nutrition of the children through daily midday meal inclusive of a glass of milk and a snack and foster health through medical check-ups
- To provide remedial assistance to improve learning outcomes
- To increase enrollment of non-school going children and encourage their continued schooling and curb the high rates of drop-outs
- To mainstream children in public and government schools towards continuity in their education
- To foster greater parental involvement in children’s education, upbringing and growth
- To create awareness about and interest in the education of the girl child
- To encourage literacy and learning in the community through community outreach
With your support we are sure to provide a qualitative education to at least 50 children from the community of Village Ullawas and improve their future.