AKSHAR CHETANA (अक्षर चेतना)

Empowering Underprivileged Children through Education. Humankind's Akshar Chetana aims at providing education support to children from "bastis". These children are normally enrolled in a government school or a lower rung of private schools. However, under Akshar Chetana, those children who are pushed out of the schooling system for various socioeconomic reasons, are also sought out and with counselling and persuasion, they are retrieved from their wayward behaviour and brought into the stream of education. It gives them a sense of dignity and helps them in the long run to transform their existence from mere survival to nursing achievable aspirations and working towards improvements in their lives. At our centers, children attend two hours session every day, besides attending regular schools. The centers are also a place to relax and play, making for a child-friendly blend of education and recreation.

Project Goal:

Since children are the last ones who should be made to feel the growing gap of rich and poor, Humankind’s Akshar Chetana is aiming to provide education support to children from slums and also to those children who cannot attend normal classes due to work responsibilities. This shall give them a sense of dignity and enable them in the long run to transform their existence from mere survival to a life in accordance with their dreams and wishes.

Target Group:

Children studying in government schools, children who cannot attend normal schools due to work responsibilities and children living on streets, children of construction workers. The majority of kids in West Delhi is involved in some kind of labor, be it rag picking, carpentry work, or helping out at eating joints. Many of them even function as their family’s main bread winner. For this reason, they do not have the time to attend regular school every day and depend on non-formal projects for their education.

Area:

Gandhivaas and its surrounding slums at Sabarmati, a part of the city that has seen the emergence of an especially harsh discrepancy between living standards of the affluent and the destitute over the past years.

Methods:

At our centers, children attend two hours session every day. The centers are also a place to relax and play, making for a child-friendly blend of education and recreation.