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Eco-system of learning & support for street children specially child waste pickers and child labors through community learning centers

Anandghar - A Home of Happiness

Jalgaon, India
Community Learning Centers called as Anandghar act as a bridge between children, parents, schools and society at large. They provide basic formal & informal education and skills to street children specially child waste pickers and child labors and make them capable of joining main stream schools to cope with the learning process in the school.
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Anandghar - A Home of Happiness

Adwait Dandwate
“The idea of education is to create rationally autonomous individuals...”

Adwait Dandwate

What we do?

The idea is to create an eco-system of learning and support for street children. It is achieved through community Learning Centers called as Anandghar (A Home of Happiness). These centers act as a bridge between children, parents, schools and society at large. They provide basic formal & informal education and skills to street children specially child waste pickers and child labors and make them capable of joining main stream schools to cope with the learning process in the school.  

  • Nurturing academic skills: To enable children to read and write fluently in Marathi (local language) and acquire basic numerical aptitude thereby increasing their chances of sustaining in main stream schools
  •  Nurturing life skills: Expression, Cooperation, Observation & Leadership.  
  • School Enrolment & sustenance: To enroll and sustain children in main stream schools by leaving their profession behind. 
  • Hygiene & Physical well-being: To inculcate hygienic habits and quit substance abuse. 
  • Social Emotional Learning: To provide a safe, secure and child-centric environment to share, connect and reflect their thoughts & emotions. 

Why we do it?

  • Waste picking ranks lowest in the hierarchy of urban informal occupations and a large number of those employed in this occupation are women and children. Illiterate, unskilled persons, migrants, those lowest in the caste hierarchy and the poorest of the poor, predominantly work as waste pickers, as they are unable to find any other kind of employment. (Global Alliance of Waste Pickers) 
  • The job of rag-pickers is most dangerous and it destroys any sense of self-worth. The nature of their work and environment is extremely unhygienic. (Tripathy and Pradhan, 2003,“Girl Child in India”).    
  • According to Census 2011, there are 4.5 million child-laborers between the age of 5-14 in India . 1/3rd of these children work as waste pickers. These children often live on the street and earn a livelihood to support their families and in the process become vulnerable to exploitation by others and to a variety of physical and moral dangers. Apart from Education, health & hygiene; social stigmatization, substance abuse are common problems among waste pickers.  

There is ample evidence that lack of awareness, access to education, and lack of stable means to earn livelihood are the root causes behind the continued state of the problems within these communities. These factors and understanding led us to our next step to better understand the problem. Yet we wanted to get more evidence.

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Target Group
300
Children/Users
1
Country
2013
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