RASTA SCHOOL KHORA
Malala Yousafzai, who won Nobel Prize for promoting female education, will certainly be thrilled to see the transformation taking place in Khora, a sprawling unauthorised under developed Colony in Ghaziabad UP. Khora is spread over 12 square kilometers in area but accommodates 1.2 million people, who migrated mostly from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in search of livelihood. Educating children, especially girls, is anathema to them. The Muslim community, therefore, have been sending their daughters only to the nearby Madarsas. All that changed when Rasta started working in the area in 2007. Rasta’s committed Field Workers coaxed and cajoled girls from each family to come to the Non Formal Education classes, started within the Colony, in a rented multi-storeyed building, thanks to the generous donation from TECH MAHINDRA FOUNDATION in the beginning and later THE HANS FOUNDATION. The ‘Non Formal Education’ which started with 40 girls enrolled 300 in 3 months. Now it is known as “RASTA SCHOOL, KHORA”, educating 510 girls – 80% from Muslim families - from Pre-School to Class X, its first batch of 15 girls having already passed X in 2013-14. The School has been recognized by the District Basic Education Officer, Ghaziabad, UP, vide their letter No.6993-95 dated 9/1/2015.
RASTA CRÈCHES IN GURGAON AND RAJ NAGAR (UP) FOR CHILDREN OF CONSTRUCTION WORKERS
Construction workers migrate from place to place, as per availability of work and as per the demands of the building contractors. Their children are left to fend for themselves and their education, health, hygiene, and above all protection, are totally neglected. Seeing their plight, Rasta, in collaboration with Mobile Creche, opened a Day Care Centre each at ‘Palm Drive’ and ‘Bestech 92’, both in Gurgaon, in November 2014. In all 130 to 140 children, from birth to 14 years, get food 3 times including special diet as prescribed by the Doctor, health-care, and most importantly protection from 9 to 5.
Project Badhte Kadam is about the development of girl children of Prem Vihar, Khora in Ghaziabad near Delhi boarder. Khora is a rapidly expanding cluster with the influx of migrants from neighbouring states of Delhi and presently has a population of nearly one million. Rag- picking, vending, casual work and rickshaw pulling are the usual means of livelihood for the people.
Quite a number of children are involved in taking care of their siblings, household chores and rag picking at the cost of their childhood needs including education and health.
The centre is educating more than 300 girl children, classes starting from preschool. Though educational activities are diversified like formal schooling for 90 girls, Open Basic Education for younger dropout girls and Non formal education for 120 girls. Project aims to integrate different segments of community like rag pickers, daily wage earners, vendors etc. Rasta adopts different methods to teach, keeping in mind the age-group and the socio-economic category. The project aims at changing the mind-set of the people who hardly think of the right of every child, the Right to Education.
Objectives of the Program are :
1.To conscientize community towards the importance of girls child education.
2.To educate/ develop 300 girls children through regular participation in classes of 30 each in 3 to 15 age group.
3.To enrol 90 girls of 3rd, 5th and 8th class and prepare them for OBE (Open Basic Education) certificate of NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling).
4.To mainstream 90 school going age girls in Nursery to class 2, in formal school.
5.To enrol 120 girls and rag pickers of above mentioned age in Pre-School and Non-Formal classes.
RASTA STILL GUIDING NAYA SAVERA PROJEDCT AT HASANPUR
Naya Savera project near Hasanpur Depot in IP Extension area, run by Rasta during 2000-2010 and handed over to the local community, is still rendering useful service to the people, by conducting Pre-School, Non Formal and Remedial Education classes, benefiting about 250 underprivileged children in the area. Rasta continues to guide and support the programme in various ways, namely, training teachers, subsidizing the salaries of the teachers, taking students and teachers for educational tours along with Rasta’s other children etc.
RASTA HELPS IN IMPROVING QUALITY OF EDUCATION AT NAGAR NIGAM PRATHAMIK VIDYALAY, SUDAMAPURI, GHAZIABAD
In 2015, Rasta helped the Nagar Nigam Prathamik Vidyalay,Sudamapuri, Ghaziabad, to improve the Quality of Education, through the following actions: –
- Enhanced enrolment of children;
- Assessed the learning levels of 179 students of 3rd and 4th classes, and identified 120 scholastically weak children;
- Conducted special coaching for weak students using the TLMs specially designed and prepared for them;
- Trained the teachers for better teaching,
- Loaned the services of 4 teachers for 1 year to teach the identified weak children;
- Secured participation of parents of the children through regular home visits and community meetings;
- Donated some furniture, text books and stationery for the children
This led to improvement in regularity in attendance of not only students but also of teachers, hygiene and behaviors of children, the scholastically weak children becoming at par with good students in the classes, and in the overall performance of the School. It was a pilot project supported by United Way of Delhi, for 1 year. Rasta is making efforts to raise resources for replicating such projects.
My Community is an Integrated Community Development Model of HCL Foundations. It aims to integrate the four pillars of community development, viz. Health, Education, Livelihood and Environment for the communities in NOIDA at Barola, Sarfabad and Amrapali. Rasta has been the education partner in My Community initiative and is responsible for mainstreaming of out-of-school children from the local community.
Rasta has been running Non-Formal Education centers and had enrolled 450 children since October 2016. Until September 2017, 35 children have been mainstreamed into formal educational institutes and Rasta is also supporting these children with remedial classes to arrest the school drop-out rate because of lack of academic support and motivation at home. Rasta also recognized that the children enrolled were malnourished and it started providing them with balanced diet to counter the malnourishment thereby contributing towards their physical development. Committed towards the overall development for each of the enrolled children, Rasta organizes regular health camps for the children in partnership with other organizations.
Rasta envisions that each of the children who have been enrolled completes their education and becomes self-reliant, remain healthy and reach their full potential towards living a fulfilled life and towards nation building.