...Life-Skills Training to Children
In course of our interactions with the different stake holders especially children who are receiving Education Vouchers, we realized that they were facing problems while adjusting in the new school and coping with the new academic environment. To address this issue and develop their personality, this project namely, Srijan Bachpan (nurturing childhood) was instituted. It has basic three objectives: active participation of students in different activities at school, enhanced academic performance and to nurture them as aware and responsible members of the society. Regular weekly sessions pertaining to life skills, inter personal skills, civic education, financial education, language and communication, art & craft and extracurricular activities (like dancing, singing, debate, elocution, speech, storytelling, etc.) are organized with the help of professional resource persons and volunteers. Counseling sessions are also being conducted with the help of experts. Play way method and different forms of exercise are used as a tool to conduct these sessions. This project has been instrumental in bringing the envisaged change and betterment in the personal, academic and social lives of the students.
Our achievements in last 12 years:
To provide experiential learning of financial education to children, Pratigya with Butterflies, New Delhi has started a children run financial co-operative – Child Development Khazana (CDK) along with a health co-operative - Children’s Health Co-operative (CHC) for facilitating these children access to health services, in the year 2014-15. Both the co-operatives are run by the children.
Child Development Khazana is a bank like co-operative through which the habit of savings is encouraged among the children. Children have their own Khazana accounts and they get a proper passbook for it. Interests are being credited on their savings and there is a facility of taking advance for their development purposes also. The Khazana has a Child Volunteer Manager (CVM) and Assistant Child Volunteer Manager (ACVM) who are responsible for the smooth running of Khazana and its transactions. Both the posts are chosen in a democratic way by the means of open voting.
Health & Hygiene
In addition to the financial co-operative, a health co-operative, Children’s Health Co-operative (CHC) is also run for the awareness related to the health issues of children as well as the community. Here, every member of CDK is a default member of CHC and have to abide by its terms. Each branch of this co-operative has a CHE (Child Health Educator) who leads the health related activities of the branch. This co-operative adhere the children to be more active towards their health as well as the cleanliness of their nearby environment. Children organize various kinds of activities to make the other non-CDK or non-CHC members including their community more aware regarding the health issues. The result of this initiative can be well seen by visiting the slums where Pratigya is working, where people could be now found more sensitive towards their health as well as their surroundings.
Pratigya has entered into the segment of Mental Health this year by encouraging sports and mental activities for the children. In this initiative, along with Financial and Health co-operatives, a Sports Co-operative of the children has been formed which not only looks after the sports activities, but there is a component of counseling services in the initiative. A Child Sports Educator elected by democratic process looks after the sports activities and two Counselors (a boy and a girl, preferably between 16-20 years) are selected for counseling of the children. The Sports Co-operative includes children from 8-21 years of age.
Our achievements in last 4 years:
A special exposure of our child leaders with some specially abled friends. Pratigya team visited Deepshikha-an organisation dedicated towards bringing the specially abled together. The committment and effort of the Deepshikha team has been tremendous. The child leaders of Pratigya had learned some aspects related to specially abled, which can be included in their different co-operatives.