Education: Inclusive School in India
What are the concrete advantages of running a school in our Center versus a public primary school?
Our approach is to develop the children’s personality as well as the teaching subjects. One focus is on teaching the children the English language. In most schools, only words are learned by heart and children are taught a few sentences. The experience in English language is very poor in rural areas in India.
We offer two pre-school classes and primary school classes 1 to 5. A license is required to operate the school. The start was scheduled for April 2020, but had to be postponed until July due to Corona. The school is free for children from poor families and has the quality of a private school, which is, however, very expensive.
With schooling for up to 200 students at the same time, the level but also the complexity of our work increases significantly. At the same time, this program completes our strategy and offers all educational measures “under one roof”. This means that many children can go straight to school after school or are well equipped for secondary schools.
In September 2020 we received the license to operate an inclusion school, a special school where children with and without disabilities learn together. This is the first license granted to an organization in the Sonbhadra district. We are very proud of this.
Education: Winter schools in Nepal
Why are we doing this and what impact does it have on children and adults in the mountainous villages?
In the schools there is a kindergarten, a preschool and classes 1 to 6. At the end of the 6th class, the children take an exam. If they successfully pass it, they can go to a secondary school in Kathmandu. So far, all children from Saldang and Nyisal have passed the exam, which is also a success of the winter school.
The children learn to read, write and math, learn the Tibetan, Nepalese and partly English language. They receive a general education and a deeper understanding of the Tibetan culture , have a choice of how and where they want to spend their lives. Many people see the Upper Dolpo as the real preserver of the Tibetan core culture.
Children who go to school in their village right from the start often return home later. They have a higher bond and social responsibility for the families and are more open to the Tibetan culture. Examples of successful training are teachers who teach at school, optimized agriculture and training in skilled trades, but also political, medical and other activities.
Education: Primary/Secondary School Nigeria
What are the long-term benefits for the students?
The general structure of the school is good. There are currently 700 students in the primary school and 1,000 in the secondary school. A total of almost 80 teachers are employed. There is enough space in the school complex, if the broken classrooms have been renovated. A separation of classrooms is necessary in order to enable undisturbed lessons.
The major subjects in primary school are: English, Math, Basic Science, Quantitative Thinking, Social Studies, Igbo Language, Writing, Fine Arts, and Basic Technology. English, political education, marketing, math, biology, physics, chemistry, literature, and economics are taught in the secondary school. On average, a class is attended by 50-60 students and around 80% of students finish secondary school.
After the renovation, the classrooms will look much friendlier, with smaller classes, a library, laboratories for physics and chemistry, water and sanitary facilities. In short, the students feel better and that increases motivation. The children have significantly better opportunities to find a job, to become self-employed or to work in public administration. Their life will definitely be better in the future and will help stop unnecessary migration. If people are comfortable at home, they don’t have to risk drowning in the sea looking for a better life in Europe.
ChildLine in India
- missing children.
- “found infants”.
- neglected children.
Several qualified employees will work for this program.
The key point is the hotline with phone based consulting and, if necessary, on-site activity with finally pick up of the children into our center in coordination with the local/regional authorities. The children stay in our center for only a few days. We support the authorities in the preparatory rehabilitation measures. First and foremost, it is about protecting children from serious threats in very critical life situations.
We are the first point of contact for these children in need. We are proud that the Indian government has granted our organization the license to help children in Sonbhadra. We take responsibility for solving many children’s problems.
The Indian government will fund this program while we provide our space, facilities and services, manage all employees and manage the process.
Skill Development in India
- Beauty: We provide classrooms and a ‘lab’ for up to 50 people in parallel for beauty training.
- Tailoring: We have a classroom and ‘lab’ for up to 50 people working in fashion and tailoring.
- Computer: We provide a room with 10 computers. We have the license for various training modules.
In addition to trainings in our center, we offer trainings in the remote villages with independent cooperation partners. We will enable thousands of people in rural areas to train and at the same time give work to the cooperation partners. After receiving the certification, the trainees will be listed on a government portal and can get a microcredit. We also employ a placement officer in our center.
Disability Welfare in India
Sometimes the disabled people can only make small progress, but sometimes a significant improvement in their living situation can be achieved. We want to integrate disabled children and adolescents – as far as feasible – into our education and training centers.
One of the most important tasks is to give people their dignity, to understand them as an integral part of society and to show people how important it is, not to isolate disabled people.
Women Empowerment in India
The drivers of our actions are to increase the self-esteem of women, their right to make their own decisions, the possibility to regulate their own lives and to achieve equality.
- We advise and organize women’s meetings.
- We enable vocational training.
- We organize groups to strengthen the self-confidence of women and arrange small loans for self-employment.
- We encourage women to be advocates for the development of their children.
The success of our approach will significantly reduce child labor in all of these families.
Outreach Program in India
In Sonbhadra, a large number of residents in 1,441 villages live in poverty. These people have limited or no education and are not trained to ask for help. Over the years, we will cooperate with the respective village mayor (Gram Panchayat) We will to investigate the situation in the families in all the villages and then determine how people can best be supported in certain areas of their daily life.
But you also have to see the challenges and limits. There are people who do not want to be supported and would be happy if they get some money. They often live far away from the city, their houses cannot be reached by car. Many children prefer to simply stray through the area, not to go to school and not to commit to anything. They often learn this from their fathers who drink alcohol or use cheap drugs. Outreach program is hard work and there will always be setbacks.
Kurzum: We want to help people deal with their everyday big and stressful problems much better and gradually introduce them to a different way of life.