Activities and Output in the Phase 2

The Phase 2: Working with Save the Children India (From April 2016 to March 2017)

In Phase 1, we built the foundation for the project via Save the Children Japan. In Phase 2, we worked directly with Save the Children India, which actually operates the Mobile Learning Center (MLC) in Mumbai. This has enabled us to obtain information directly, including information on what is happening there, and check responses more easily. We were thus able to proceed with the project in an efficient manner.

In Phase 2, we continued our activities to provide as many children as possible with opportunities for education via MLC. We also focused our efforts on activities related to Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to increase the number of children enrolling in formal primary schools.

A survey conducted in India shows that ECCE received before enrollment in primary school promotes children's intellectual and social development. It also helps to reduce the number of dropouts in the primary education stage, while improving the quality of learning. In recent years, activities at pre-school centers have been the focus, and these are expected to be effective in encouraging children in India's impoverished communities to participate in education.

During the Phase 2 project period, our target of 700 children per year acquired opportunities for education via MLC and 210 children were enrolled in formal schools.

Activities 1: To increase the transition of children from Pre-School to Primary School

The targeted outcome

In order to increase the transition of children from Pre-School to Primary School with school readiness skills in pre-school centers, sensitize 200 parents and conduct training for 20 workers of pre-school centers.

The actual outcome

Through parents' mela and home visits, 200 parents were sensitized about the importance of ECCE which eventually helped 100 children enrolled in the pre-school centers. And training sessions for 80 workers of pre-school centers were conducted.

Activities Output to be achieved in Phase 2 (Indicators) Output achieved in Phase 2

Raise awareness of parents and community members
In order for the parents and community members to be sensitized and raise awareness to support children's holistic development thereby ensuring enrollment and retention of children in the pre-school centers, conduct the activities such as parents' mela and home visits to households with children eligible for enrollment into pre-school centers.

200 parents and community members will be sensitized on Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE).

Through parents' mela and home visits, 200 (100%) parents were sensitized about the importance of ECCE which eventually helped 100 children enrolled in the pre-school centers.

Training workers of pre-school centers
To create awareness of the workers of pre-school centers on developing school readiness skills among the children to ensure a smooth transition of children from pre-primary to primary schools, conduct training sessions for workers of pre-school centers.

20 workers of pre-school centers will be trained on school readiness skills.

80 workers (400%) were trained on Principles of ECCE and management of pre-school centers to create safe and conducive environment for education.

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  • 80 workers (400%) were trained on Principles of ECCE and management of pre-school centers to create safe and conducive environment for education.
    The workshop also included the need to plan their activities in the pre-school centers, and after the workshop, the need of teaching learning material for science and mathematics was identified. A total of 86 science kits and 42 numeracy kits were distributed to 10 pre-school centers.
  • The parents' mela was conducted with the objective to understand roles and responsibilities of parents towards children's Education. One of the participants expressed that she had never known about her role and responsibilities as a parent, and would monitor my child's studies afterwards.
  • Through parents' mela and home visits, 200 (100%) parents were sensitized about the importance of ECCE which eventually helped 100 children (47 boys and 53 girls) enrolled in the pre-school centers.
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Home visits
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A rally of the awareness generation on child rights
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Holding a parents' mela
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Workshop at the parents' mela

Activities 2: To offer an access to education for out-of-school children through the MLC

The targeted outcome

700 children will be reached out through the MLC to have an access to education, and 200 children will be mainstreamed into the formal education system.

The actual outcome

700 children were enrolled in the MLC, and 210 children mainstreamed into formal school.

Activities Output to be achieved in Phase 2 (Indicators) Output achieved in Phase 2

Reached by the MLC
Run an educational and activity center at the MLC with one educator and two associates to meet the educational and developmental needs of children being reached through the MLC.

700 children will be reached out through the MLC.

700 children (311 boys and 389 girls) (100%) were enrolled in the MLC.

Mainstreamed to formal education
Help enroll and mainstream children into local government schools in age-appropriate classes at the appropriate age and do a follow up.

200 children (6-14) will be mainstreamed into the formal education system.

210 (108 Boys and 102 Girls) (105%) children mainstreamed into formal school.

Peer learning and exchange program
Peer learning will be conducted between school children from MLC and private school.

Exchange programs/activities with the children (MLC and one of the private sector school wherein they will participate in programs to understand diversity such as class, gender and culture etc).

In order for children to be capacitated to understand and accept the school environment;

  • 2 sessions covering 30 children of peer learning will be conducted.
  • 1 exchange interaction covering 10-12 children will be conducted.

90 children participated in 3 sessions of peer learning were conducted.

  • The local private school was unable to provide alloted time slot for exchange since they have pre planned entire year's activities.

Other activities and celebrations

  • Conduct other activities like puppet shows, street plays, Life skills, Art & Craft for the children and celebrate the important cultural activities such as Children's Day, Teacher's Day etc.
  • Conduct exposure visits giving children educational experiences away from their regular school environment.
  • 12 puppet shows and 24 street plays will be conducted.
  • Sessions on Life skills and Art & Craft for the children will be conducted monthly.
  • 4 Exposure visits will be conducted.
  • 367 children (182 boys and 185 girls) participated in 12 puppet and storytelling sessions.
  • 24 street plays were conducted across 10 settlements.
  • 258 (110 boys and 148 girls) participated in life skills, Art and craft and other cultural activities.
  • 200 (111 boys and 89 girls) participated in educational exposure visits.
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  • 442 children (201 boys and 241 girls) in the first half year and 258 children (110 boys and 148 girls), which made the total of 700 children, were enrolled in the MLC, and had access to education.
  • 210 children (108 boys and 102 girls) have been mainstreamed into formal schools.
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Learning about body parts in the MLC
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Peer learning to improve each other's reading and writing skills
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A drop-out child being mainstreamed into formal school
  • 24 series of street plays were conducted at 10 different locations. The key issues highlighted in the plays were drop out/irregular attendance of children, right to education, child's rights, or importance of education.
  • 367 children (182 boys and 185 girls) participated in the live hand puppet making and storytelling sessions. Hand puppet helped children to develop speaking and listening skills, children communicated more easily with puppets, which gave them confidence to express their ideas and feelings.
  • 258 (110 boys and 148 girls) participated in life skills, Art and craft and other cultural activities.
  • 200 (111 boys and 89 girls) participated in educational exposure visits. These visits enabled children to explore the rich heritage by visiting museum, Science center and Planetarium which provide education and enjoyment to the children.
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A street play
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Child rights session by child champion
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Puppets and storytelling methodology to develop creativity
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Art and craft activities at the MLC
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In cerebrating the Children's day, children drew "My Ideal School"
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Exposure visit to Science center

Volunteer from ITOCHU India

On November 15 2016, a day after the Children's Day, ITOCHU India employees volunteered by spending time with children in three areas of Shivajinagar, a suburban area of Mumbai.
Through this activity, volunteers motivated the children by engaging with them in puppet making and puppeteering, enhancing the children's interest in learning and rights to education. The staff of the Mumbai Branch actively participated and gave their best support to children during the activity.
The children were so happy as they exhibited their skills in making innovative puppets and demonstrated puppeteering with their partners. The closing of the activity was accompanied by happy smiles from all the children and handshakes with ITOCHU India employee volunteers.

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  • All photos are provided by Save the Children.