One of the root causes of children dropping out from school and ending up as child laborers is the severe neglect of their vital early years – from birth to the age of six. Save the Children, with its experience across India sees working towards provision of Early Childhood Care and Education as one of the best ’preventive strategies’ through preparedness of children in the age group 3+ - 6 years with school readiness skills. We work with Anganwadi staff and concerned government authorities to strengthen the pre-school education component in AWCs.
AWW working with young kids in AWC
How we do it?
• We map out-of-school children and ensure their enrolment into formal schools in age-appropriate classes.
• We sensitize parents on importance of school education / pre – school education and children’s right to education so that they send their children to school / AWC.
• Orientation and empowering village level institutions; PTMs, SMCs and Mata Palak Samities, so that they actively participate in management and functioning of schools and AWCs and ensure full attendance and retention of children.
• Building capacity of the key resource persons, government teachers and AWWs on child friendly interactive classroom processes, academics and pedagogy through organizing workshops, trainings and review meetings regularly and providing reference material.
• We set-up and enrich school libraries and infrastructure right, conduct computer and English classes, promote and facilitate extra-curricular activities and sports for children.
• We form and strengthen Children Groups (CGs), sensitize them on child rights and protection issues and establish feedbacks and response mechanism in schools.
• In classrooms, we encourage and help children to undertake learning activities in sub - groups. This makes the entire experience much more fun and promotes healthy competition.
• We work with AWWs to enable young children (3-6 years age group) to gain school readiness skills.
• In metro cities, we operate our own learning centres where children coming from the socially-excluded communities are provided learning and/or after-school support. For example, in Kolkata and Mumbai, we run Mobile Learning Centres which reach the doorsteps of the children who need us most.
• During emergencies, we set up Temporary Learning Centres and distribute education kits so that that the affected children do not drift away from the path of education.
Currently in 9 states of India, Save the Children runs programmes to support the education of the most disadvantaged children of India in different ways.