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2 slums in Panchkula Municipality of Haryana
Thematic Focus:Education (ECCE, Participation)

Project Background

People’s Action for People in Need (PAPN) is a voluntary organization registered under the Societies Registration Act. PAPN is the outcome of the idea to facilitate sustained rural development through education, community awareness and promoting and strengthening the community based organizations of the marginalized, deprived and oppressed sections of the society, leading to their empowerment. The project holder, Mr. Kuldeep Verma, was a member of various bodies such as the State Consultative Group of NGOs constituted by the Himachal Pradesh state government for the purpose of providing interaction between the NGOs and the Civil Servants in the State, Himachal Pradesh Environment Protection Council and State Health Advisory Committee. The organization has been strongly advocating on right to education with School Management Committee members, members of Mahila Mandal for demand of school infrastructures, teacher recruitments, school up-gradation and with govt. officials/ department for approval of school board examination center, public transport facilities for school children etc. PAPN has phased out gradually from the operational area in Himachal Pradesh over the last few years and started focusing on education issues of Haryana, which has been identified as a critical state in education by CRY programming strategy.

Problem Statement:

The project’s target slum dwellers of Kharak Mangoli and Gandhi Colony are largely unskilled laborers, who have migrated from different districts of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal, over 90% of whom belong to scheduled caste and come from farm labor and marginal farming occupations. Food and shelter is the priority for almost all of them. Most of them depend on daily wages in nearby factories & small scale industries, rag picking, rickshaw pulling, begging as well as selling vegetables on roadsides, or women working in nearby houses as maids. While the intervention in these slums is not even a couple of years old, the freshly initiated efforts couldn’t help with drop out of 494 (36%) out of 1,405 children in the age group of 6-18 years, which is quite high when compared to similar pockets in Indian cities. The dropout rate among children aged 14 - 18 year is 44%. A lot of the children here have never been to school, and many of them are engaged in child labor / gainful economic activities. The area also lacks basic amenities like potable drinking water, households’ toilet, and sanitation & hygiene issues. Open defecation is also a dominant practice in the absence of toilets and water supply. There are only two water taps installed inside the slum area for about 5,000 people. As informed by the community, during the rainy season the hygiene situation in slums becomes precarious & children become more vulnerable to seasonal diseases. In absence of education, some children inside the slum are engaged in substance abuse, drug addiction, begging and forced labor. The children from both the slums are required to cross roads to access the Anganwadi centers for preschool education and schools for standard classes. The children are facing multitude of problems due to the prevailing attitude of the community/ parents towards education of children. In the project slums, education of children is not a priority as most of the children are either never been to school or dropout at an early age. Those who are enrolled are mostly irregulars as they are engaged in household chores, sibling care or fetching water from the faraway places. In the operational areas, School Management Committees (SMCs) are formed but committee members are not involved in the school monitoring & management as they are not aware about their roles and responsibilities. At the same time, there have been delays in supply of school text books for children in the new academic year impacting school education of children as well as delay and even denial of school bag/ uniform, scholarship to eligible children due to apathy of the education departments which is common phenomena across the project area.

Achievements & Impact

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Result Area: 100% children in the two slums are retained in schools in the ongoing year 2019.

* Ensure enrolment of 50% of dropout and never been to school children in Child Activity Center (CAC).
* Mainstreaming of out of school children in schools and provide regular academic support to children enrolled in the year 2019.
* Transition mapping from primary to elementary to be done to ensure 75% transition from primary to elementary.
* Assist parents / children in getting documents required in school admission. Approach Directorate of Education in case children are denied admission in school on the basis of missing documents / inability to submit the documents.

* 46 out of 74 out-of-school children could be enrolled. 20 children among these are linked with the Kadam Program run by the Education department and 8 children are going to another education center run by another NGO. 45 of these children were mainstreamed in school in age appropriate classes.
* Transition mapping from primary to elementary was done. Out of 97, 65 children transited from class 5 to class 6. Out of 67 in-school children who are enrolled in CAC, only 2 children were not enrolled as they migrated to their native place.
* Facilitated children/parents in getting Aadhaar documents of 8 children required in school admission.
* Entry level assessment of 37 children of 14-18 years was conducted who were enrolled in the CAC and academic inputs provided to them. Out of these 37 children 7 were linked with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS).

Program Activities Planned Progress and Achievements

Result Area: Children from operational areas acquire life skills and exercise their agency towards the fulfillment of their rights.

* Conduct session for Community Workers on rolling out of Child Activity Center programs.
* Capacity building of members of children, adolescent and youth group with the support of the module provided by CRY Child Center on the key thematic areas like life skills and self-empowerment, pro-active thinking skills, emotional intelligence, interpersonal communication, health and nutrition, reproductive health, substance abuse, emotional health, children rights.
* Academic inputs provided to 14-18 year old children by the academic coordinator.
* 60 children between the age group of 14-18 to be identified and enrolled in Digital Learning Center.

* Two refresher sessions of project staff were conducted on rolling out of the Child Center module.
* Two capacity building sessions of members of children, adolescent and youth groups held with the support of Child Center module. 22 adolescent group members took part in sessions related to self-Identity and Self Confidence.
* Demand letter from the community groups were submitted to the Child Development Project Officer (CDPO) for Anganwadi Center (AWC) in Bhaisa Tibba.
* 14 out of 26 children of the first batch participated in the evaluation conducted by NIIT and have received certificate of completion due to the Digital Learning Center program.

Highlights on community action and government interface:

Bhaisa Tibba slum has a highly critical problem of very poor access to safe drinking water. Community groups have organized awareness campaigns & demonstrations, and submitted demand letters to local Member of State Legislative Assembly (MLA) and Panchkula Municipal Corporation. There were continuous follow up meetings with the department’s officials. As a result of all these, 3 new tap connections were installed by the department on the road side of the slum. Community also came together and contributed some amount towards installing 4 more taps inside the slum area.


Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

288 children of project area are accessing quality Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

* Enrolling all children in the project area in the age group of 3 - 6 years in Anganwadis or play schools for ensuring pre-school education.
* Conduct capacity building workshop with project team on ICDS Mission and ECCE.
* Update gap analysis report prepared in previous year and conduct a need assessment to provide support to the ICDS centers.
* Conduct life skills sessions of children as per pedagogy plan of CRY Child Center modules.

100% project children are retained in schools.

* Conduct half-yearly mapping of all the children aged 0 to 18 years and identifying the drop out and irregular children.
* Identification and interaction with the out of school children and their family members through home visit on regular intervals.
* Enrolling out of school children in the Community Action Centers (CAC).
* Provide regular academic support to children enrolled.
* Introduce digital classroom solutions to enhance quality education through digital learning.
* Connect children in the age group of 15-18 year with National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) assisting in appearing in board exams.

Key Result Areas Program Activities Planned

200 children from the project area acquired life skills and exercise their agency towards the fulfillment of their rights.

* Conduct capacity building of project team on Integrated Child Protection Scheme (ICPS) and The Prohibition of Child Marriage (PCM) Act 2006.
* Quarterly Community meetings on the issues of child protection.
* Interface meeting between community and stakeholders involving officials from ICDS, ICPS, WCD, Child Line etc.
* Organize awareness program on child labor, child sexual abuse, child marriage and reporting mechanism in the targeted area through Nukkad Natak (street plays) etc.

Financial Summary: January to December 2020

Budget Breakup 2020







Total Grant Approved