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The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE) is an Act of the Parliament of India that ensures all children between the age of 6 to 14 shall have the right to free and compulsory elementary education in India. Education is the heart & soul of the United Nations 2030 agenda for SDG (Sustainable Development Goals). SDG Goal no. 4 also ensures inclusive and equitable quality education and promotes lifelong learning opportunities for all. Chetana believes that education is fundamental to sustainable change with long term impact. Our education-related efforts are inspired by the belief that every child has the best start in life with an opportunity to go to school and learn well. In our approach we have been addressing education related issues such as learning levels, student engagement, teaching/learning materials and sponsoring education.
Ujjawal Bhavishya – Career Guidance Workshop
Deciding the right career for a happy life ahead is one of the most common confusions that we teenagers face in our lives. In school, when life is easy going, understanding career opportunities is of utmost importance. Unfortunately not all of us have proper access to career counselling. Keeping this mind, Chetana took an initiative to take workshops on career counselling. The target group was X and XII class students. The aim of the workshops was to spread an awareness about different education streams (commerce, humanities, science), to ensure clarity of mind regarding choice of field, to clear career related doubts. The session began with role play. Then different education streams were discussed in depth including the future scope of the streams. The job opportunities of various professions were discussed. including the manner to identify the right option for individual students. The workshops were successful in assisting the students in better understanding their strengths and connecting them with the right profession.
SURR-CHETANA : A Musical Beginning
“Music can change the world because it can change people.” - Bono - Through music happens the purification of the soul, through music happens the healing of the soul. Life is like the musical note, with its own ups and down. Music in all ways completes our lives and forms an integral part of our journeys. “Surr Chetana” is a project by Chetana, where musical training is given to students from underprivileged backgrounds. This project was initiated in 2015 by Parvindar Singh Raja who was a beneficiary of Chetana. Chetana’s impact on his life inspired him to take forward the good work by taking music classes in the Gurudwara (Paharganj) for children. Under his able guidance more than 80+ students were taught, of which many of whom have gone on to pursue music as their career. Music becomes a channel for the young students to focus their energies in productive activities. Further, the project re-defined gender roles by encouraging boys to join the classes. Students were also connected with organizations/institutions who provide authentic certificates following their music test.
Masti ki Pathshala
Masti ki Pathshala is a summer camp organised by Chetana for underprivileged children. The camp includes sharing and learning of a plethora of constructive skills and activities for children in various underprivileged areas. Chetana creates a strong platform for the children which endeavours to create self reliance, self independence, confidence and an opportunity to explore the social environment. The camp assists in moulding strong personalities of the children by conducting comprehensive personality development classes. Further, the children are also taught about ways by which they can hone their speaking skills in an effective manner.
The activities at the camp include English language classes wherein the youth volunteers taught the underprivileged kids the principles of grammar and writing skills. Special efforts were made to teach the children about healthy nutritional values. The importance of good health was promoted by conducting various sports like football, cricket and kho-kho. A group of youth with a band name “Punjabi Sufi” takes music classes for both vocal as well as instrumental. Dance and art classes were also provided. Apart from this various skits on topics such as Child labour and cleanliness were conducted to convey an important message by the way of dramatics and at the same time the students got an opportunity to improve their spoken English. The camp also includes workshops on gender sensitization , Life skills, Career Guidance to help the students.
Through our summer camps we have managed to reach 500+ children with the aim to engage the children in constructive activities that help shape their personalities, boost their confidence and inspire hope in their bright future.
2017: We successfully completed the 40 days long Summer camp in 6 centres in Delhi and 2 centres in Noida, Delhi NCR. Backed by an enthusiastic team of 30+ Young and sheer dedicated volunteers who have shown their potential to great extent. 800+ students benefited from the Summer School.
- Personality Development
- English Workshops
- Mental and Personal Hygiene and Health
- Performing Arts
We teach the students the importance of body language and speaking skills to develop their personalities to make the best impression that they can.
English is an important skill in the professional world these days and therefore, crucial for children to learn at an early age. We teach children how to speak English based on their individual level and the principles of grammar and writing skills.
Generally, children and women from underprivileged backgrounds are not educated on topics that are considered “taboo”. Therefore, we take the responsibility of teaching participants about self-hygiene such as menstruation and inappropriate touching. We want to make them aware of such important topics that are crucial for one’s well-being.
As part of honing non-academic skills, children participate in the arts by learning different forms of dance and take part in theater by acting in a variety of plays. This gives them an opportunity to practice English and convey important messages, while having fun.
Children participate in sports such as cricket, kho-kho, football, and basketball as a way of making friends and getting out of the classroom.
Students learn new yoga poses and discuss the importance of yoga for our mind and body. They are encouraged to practice the exercises.
PERSONALITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
In our lives we are often unaware of the qualities we possess as individuals. We know that everyone has a potential of excelling in a field like nobody else. But how do we find the inner self? How do we know what is best for us? Our personality says a lot of things about us that we often fail to notice.
Personality is the sum total of ways in which an individual reacts and interacts with others. Personality generally implies to everything that is unique about an individual, the characteristics that make one stand out in the crowd.Though everyone is born unique, we all possess certain traits that set us apart from the rest. These traits define who we are and how we respond to situations. Often, we end up clinging onto the ones that do more harm than good and end up undervaluing ourselves. Personality development is the act of moving from an inert and disinterested state of existence to a motivated and joyous living one. Chetana-Conscience of Women helps students and organises workshops on Personality Development in various colleges of Delhi University.
Chetana conducted Personality Development Workshops for the Non-collegiate women of Laxmibai College, Hansraj College, JMC, Kalindi College, PGDAV college, and Bharti College, University of Delhi. The aim of the Non-Collegiate Women Education Board (NCWEB) is to inculcate and instill basic skills in girls who cannot attend regular colleges but want to attain self sufficiency and independence through the medium of study. With the NCWEB, Chetana made it its goal to help those women learn and grow as individuals. We carried out various activities to prepare them to face the world and to shape their personalities, while catering to the needs and interests of undergraduate students. We reached out to 1,026 students. All of these sessions were conducted by Professional trainers namely Mrs. Indu Arneja, Mrs. Nidhi, Mrs. Smita Kanth, Mr. Rishabh, Mrs. Himanshi Awaal and Mrs. Upasna
Chetana conducted a total of 18 sessions in 12 colleges. Around 2000 students benefited from personality development programs conducted by 9 trainers. The colleges included Bharti College, Kalindi College, Hansraj College, PGDAVCollege, Jesus & Mary College, Laxmi Bai College, Janaki Devi Memorial, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maitreyi College, Miranda College, Sri Guri Govind Singh, Vivekananda College. The main objective behind these sessions was to boost self-confidence. Students were informed as to how to deal with the difficulties they face in life and improve the overall personality of the students. A human mind needs to be groomed, shaped and exploited. Our trainers provided various tips to the students in the colleges that enhance their self esteem.
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA)
Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) aims to provide for a variety of interventions for universal access and retention of elementary education. The interventions help bridge gender and social gaps while improving the quality of learning. Chetana implemented this program through a Role Play Activity for Parents of a Girl Child in the form of skits in various schools around Delhi. These skits focused on the issues surrounding a girl child in society, such as the abuse, domination, and restriction they face in the boundaries of their homes and how it is hard for them to gain an education. The role play was performed in six schools with 379 participants. The parents of girls attending different schools in the area were invited. At the end of the play, an interactive session was held to know about the message the parents learned. They shared experiences and struggles of raising girls in today’s male dominated society and vowed to allow their daughters to live a life of her own and let her study as much as she would like to. The success of the program can be realized on its impact on the girls and their parents. The objectives of the program are as follows: