Education on Wheels Program for Slum Children – An Innovative Model
As the name suggests, Education on wheels [EOW] is an unique program where the school comes home. EOW is a well equipped bus with computers, TV and other essential education related materials. This innovative model is being introduced in order to reach out to the children living in vulnerable conditions with no access to education and learning environment. The project is ingenious in its approach by providing multi grade teaching, in which children of different age groups and level of learning are taught together by experienced teachers who use special methods and techniques to make learning easy and enjoyable. The Education on Wheels program is operational in 4 slums of Guru Gram, Haryana and another 4 slums of Delhi. The Program is supported by Indo German Export Promotion (IGEP) and Global Giving Foundation, USA.
The pilot project began during 2014-2015 for educating 120 children through Non Formal Education (NFE) Programme of Govt. of India and remedial classes. In the pilot program , the school dropout children from Saraswatikunj Slum (located at Sushant lok, phase-1, Near Paras Hospital, Guru Gram) and Slum inhabitance near Sushant Lok C, block, Guru Gram were intervened and counselled to their respective parents to attend this unique program.
Since this pilot project, exclusiveluy supported by IGEP, was immensely successful in achieving its goals and the children's performance went beyond expectation, Sukarya expanded the outreach of this program to other slums in Delhi and Gurgaon. Two bus-schools were bought in 2017 and an additional 200 students from the slums of Neemtala in Gurgaon and those at Nalapar and Israil Camp of Rangpur Pahadi in Delhi were enrolled into the EOW program.
- Reaching out to the marginalized and working Children [6 -18 yrs] living in the slums
- Educating the street and working children to help them become skilled, responsible and useful citizens.
- Enabling the non-school going children to acquire certain minimum levels of knowledge and skills (Functional Literacy).
- To provide an opportunity for these children to pursue their further studies in formal schools through Open Basic Examination.
THANK YOU IGEP! THANK YOU GLOBALGIVING! THANK YOU TO ALL OUR DONORS, VOLUNTEERS!
Sukarya is grateful to all its contributors and looks up to the prospective donors and supporters, both individuals and corporates, to come forward and support actively to the continuing operation of the EOW program so that the children living in the slums won't be deprievd of the opportunity to be ducated and become the responsibele citizens of tomorrow.