Over the last 31 years, we have been working relentlessly to bring about qualitative behavioral change and impact lives of the under-served in need in the urban slums of northwest Delhi and rural villages of Sohna, Haryana. Our bottom-up approach of inclusive development and self-motivation has touched millions of lives and has moved us on to the path of sustainable development through our programs in child education, women empowerment, skill up-gradation for youth, community development, and environment.
Navjyoti India Foundation has been working in Yamuna Pushta since its inception in 1988. When the Yamuna Pushta Cluster was demolished in 2004 by the government for the commonwealth games, the community was rehabilitated to Bawana, North West Delhi. In early 2004, 40,000 homes were destroyed, displacing 120,000 people. Also destroyed were schools, businesses, and social service organizations which served the poor.
Child Education Program grew out of a compelling need to break an inextricable relationship between loitering, rag-picking, begging and out-of-school street children, with criminality such as drug peddling, abuse, pickpocketing, child labor and other social evils in the Bawana Community.
We currently cater to the community that was rehabilitated from Yamuna Pushta to Bawana in North West Delhi by the Government in 2004.
This project started at the primary school level which graduated towards Remedial component to ensure continuity in schooling. We provide holistic education to children of urban slums and support them through remedial education activities to ensure they don’t drop out from mainstream education (government schools).
Our Remedial Education Program reaches out to the vulnerable children of Bawana Resettlement Colony attending government schools who have little support from their parents to reinforce school learning.
Their learning levels are found far below the minimum expected learning levels of the grades in which they are studying. These children are enrolled in the Remedial Education Project in grade I and then efforts are directed to retain them till Grade 10, continuously working on enhancing their learning and bridging the gap that exists between the minimum expected and the present levels.
We cater to classes 1st to 10th in which we accommodate more than 1500 children. These children are not only taught the mainstream English, Mathematics, and Science but we also cater to extracurricular activities in which we do talent mapping from Grade 6th so that by the time the child reaches to Grade 12th he exactly knows what he wants to do.
Bawana has more than 18,000 children below the age of 18 and to address to this need we have developed a Bal Gurukul Model in which we identify 700-800 highly energetic children each year who go and teach other children of the community at their homes.
1. Quality of education:
- Less than 2% of children who enroll in Navjyoti India Foundation Remedial Education Program drop out from school as against the high national dropout data.
- Teacher student ratio is 1:25
- Overall repetition rate is 1.9% only. Majority of the students are found to be repeating class IX (4%) and X (4%). The main reason for repetition is failing in class IX and X and unable to appear in exam or age factor in primary classes.
2. Equitable access to education:
- More than 85% of children progress to higher education after completing class X from Navjyoti India Foundation's Remedial Education Project
- All the children have a learning center within 500 meters of their homes.
3. Skills and training enhancement:
- As against the national average of 25% of Grade 3 children at par with their grade level, 56% boys and 75% girls are found at par with grade 3 scoring more than 45% in their government school exam.
- As against the national average of 50% children in Grade 5 who can read and write, 77.5% boys and 88.6% girls can read and write in Navjyoti India Foundation Grade 5th.
4. Improved family and health status:
- 14.5% boys and 10.5% girls are found to be below the expected weight at their respective age. Majority of the children have satisfactory weight owing to awareness being generated among children and parents on healthy eating, hygiene habits.
- Around 4% of children have been diagnosed with eye problems and have been provided with spectacles.
- 1.09% are vulnerable cases requiring long term treatment
- More than 100 out of school children being mainstreamed every year by Gurukul children.
5. Greater Income opportunities:
- Few children working in top companies like Cognizant, Hero Fin corp and Transguard (Dubai)
- Children pursuing their passion of Dance and have opened their dance academies