We started exploring the solutions to this multi-faceted problem and tried several solutions including sending extra teachers to the government schools. But most successful was a community learning center, now running for almost 2 years catering to almost 200 kids. Most of these children are migrant children, first-generation learners, with an average household income of Rs. 7000 to 10,000, parents employed mainly in the informal sector as daily wage earners or self-employed in petty business.
The improvement in children learning outcomes was tremendous. The success of the learning center has encouraged us to open more of such centers in other urban areas. Out of about 18 lakh children (6-10 years), about 8 lakh children go to a school run by Municipal corporation of Delhi--and these kids come from most disadvantaged areas. We would like to open two other such centers in Chirag Delhi and Begum Pur for another 200-400 kids.
The funds raised will be utilized to pay for the teachers hired (about 10-12) with an average salary of 7000-9000, pay rent of the space to run the center, procure learning materials for the children, pay supervisor/trainer. An effort will be made to partially recover the costs.
Eventually, we want to ensure that we develop a network of learning-centers in each poor community of Delhi, each child gets at least a chance to quality education to jumpstart.