Empowering Kids: An Education programme for the Underprivileged Children
The right to education is one of the basic human rights for ensuring a healthy and happy society. But in India, less than half of the children aged 6 – 14 years go to School. Many of them are subjected to working as Child labour owing to their parent’s poor socio economic condition. They are marginalized and socially excluded. Dejected, ignorant and aimless, most of them resort to unhealthy activities leading to unsafe atmosphere and become the cause of depletion in the law and order situation of the country and greatly hamper the progress of the nation.
At Empowering Minds (EM), we firmly believe that, each and every child, irrespective of his / her socio – economic status has the potential to grow up into a strong, healthy and a happy individual which in turn leads to a prospering and happier nation. All that is required is to ‘empower the mind’ of the child. It is thus important for each one of us to reach out and make sure that Children of India, especially from the marginalized society do not have to stay away or struggle for acquiring, at least, the basic levels of education and health.
With this aim in mind EM runs two primary level community schools, catering to about 250 children from the marginalized section. The respective Schools are located in Arthala- an urban slum of Ghaziabad, in the state of U.P. The children coming here belong to extremely low income group families who cannot afford to send their children to Schools. EM acts as a bridge between these out of School kids and the mainstreamed education system
The program provides nutritious food items to children like sprouts, eggs, cereals and fruits etc. With awareness workshop for children, parents and the community, rallies were taken out by the children and the staff in the community.
SCHOOL HEALTH PROGRAM
Under our School Health program, a regular pdysical and mental health check-up of children and teachers are carried out. The project focusses on the nutrition education with a broad range of activities that promote healthy eating behaviours in children and also in the community through integrated programs and events.
SPORTS AND GAMES
Regular sports and games keeps a child mentally and physically healthy. Annual Sports Day is an important event in the life of every school. Children are given prizes and certificates based on their performances in the games and sports.