Empowering working children through education
We promised to dedicate the year of 2017 to eradicating child labour though sustainable methods, taking into account local cultural and economic aspects. Therefore, we decided to pursue three strategies to do so, namely, facilitating and promoting awareness programs, encouraging self-help initiatives and developing educational programmes.
As our first project in this direction, OneWorld Foundation joins efforts with Childhood Enhancement through Training and Action (CHETNA), an Indian NGO working on the protection of street and working children (SWC), which mission is to create a child-friendly society. CHETNA managed to reintegrate 7000 children into primary schools since its establishment.
At present, CHETNA is helping over 4000 SWC through 100 contact points in Delhi and its neighboring states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. The contact point is a local meeting place for outreach activities and engagement with the SWC. The contact points are identified with the help of the community leaders. They are managed by trained street educators and counselors, whereas one street educator is responsible for two contact points and, thus, reaching out to 40-50 children on a daily basis. The activities taking place at the contact points are designed to be participatory, practical and interesting to meet the specific needs of street children. They include activities promoting basic hygiene standards, counseling, recreational workshops, alternative educational which promotes basic math and writing skills. After ensuring that children meet the basic entry requirements, they are encouraged and supported to enter governmental schools.
OneWorld Foundation's support will facilitate the opening and running of 6 new contact points at Lucknow, the capital of Uttar Pradesh. The street educators were recruited and went though a complete training before starting their work with the children. Now they will have the whole year to empower and encourage SWC to continue their education. Through this project 200 children will receive much needed support and counseling and at least 50 of them will be integrated in the formal school system.
We will get back in April when the first monitoring report will be ready. Until then you can follow our progress on the social media.