Started in February 2007, with the exclusive aim of promoting education of girls children, ‘Rasta School’ is situated in Khora in Ghaziabad, on the border of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh, catering primarily to socially and economically backward people. So far we have educated 6,000 girls and currently 350 are on the roll, from Nursery to Class VIII. The School is recognized up to Class 8th by the Department of Education, Government of Uttar Pradesh. Children studying beyond Class VIII are enabled to appear for Class X Examination under NIOS or CBSE private candidate. This intervention has been supported by Individuals, Foundations, Corporates, Govt. and PSUs.
Day Care Programme :
It is a program started in November 2014, primarily for the children – 0 to 6 and extend up to 14 years – of construction workers, who migrate from site to site. Since both the parents are away at construction sites, children are left to fend for themselves at their make-shift huts. Rasta runs 6 Day Care Centers at Palm Drive, Palm Terrace, Emerald Hill, Mar Villa and Bestech 92 in Gurugram and Raj Nagar Extension in Ghaziabad. Apart from restoring childhood to these children, Rasta ensures hygienic upbringing, provides nutritious food, Health and imparts early childhood care and development. So far Rasta has taken care of 2200 children. Rasta will be glad to open more centers if we get support.
Pre- School Program :
Pre-school is very essential part of education . RASTA has started its education program with Pre-School only. Under Pre-School we cater 3 to 6 years of children where take care of all 5 developmental aspects: –
- Physical Development
- Language Development
- Cognitive Development
- Socio Emotional Development
- Creative Development
As child become 5+ we put them in 1st class of Formal School. It reduces dropout rate and keep strong foundation of education. Out of total coverage 25% to 30% children gone through Pre-School only.
Also called ‘Non-Formal Education (NFE), which started from the inception of Rasta, with the main objective is to provide education to children in the age group of 6 to 14 years who have never been to school or drop out from the school without completing their elementary education due to various reasons. The children remain at the Rasta NFE Centres for periods ranging from 6 months to 2 years, after which they are enabled to take admission in Formal school (Government/Private/Rasta School) in age-appropriate class or OBE/NIOS. So far Rasta has educated nearly 15000 children through NFE intervention.
This programme initiated in 1999. Purpose of this intervention is to reduce dropout rate and retain children in the school its supplement and strengthen the learning process of two categories of students in the 6 to 14 years (a) those mainstreamed by Rasta in Government/Private/ School (b) those who are already studying in Govt. School, lagging behind in their studies or weak in learning and whose learning outcomes are below the expected level. So far Rasta has imparted remedial education to over 3000 children and currently 500 students are learning in different RECs.
TLM: Teaching Learning Materials
Rasta’s unique TLMs – Teaching Learning Materials to arouse interest in weak students. Rasta CEO’s experience of teaching ‘out of school children’ taught that the conventional way of teaching is not suitable for teaching children who are weak in studies, most of whom are first generation learners. After nearly a year’s thought and preparation, these TLMs have been prepared. These comprise 3 books, each to teach English, Hindi and Mathematics, 60 charts and audio cassettes containing poems and songs. Each subject is expected to be taught in 4 steps namely, Preparatory, Conceptual Clarity, Guided Practice and Evaluation. These TLMs are now used in the experimental project which Rasta has taken up – Government Primary School, Sudamapuri, Ghaziabad, UP – at the invitation of the Education Department of Uttar Pradesh.