Shikshaantra is passionately dedicated to initiate change at the grassroot level through the power of impactful education, across India. The project of remedial education aptly titled Swatantra Shikshaantra came up, with the goal to positively impact the future of hundreds of underprivileged kids.
Drop outs and disinterested teenagers who drift away from education can be integrated into the stream of development using the power of remedial education. With an overall holistic focus on a child’s growth and potential, remedial education can effectively work to create skilled and confident individuals who will contribute to the future of the nation and be able to participate in today’s fast-paced world of ideas and limitless dynamism.
The main aims of the program are to provide supportive education through remedial classes, integration into mainstream schooling, regeneration of lost interest in studies through holistic development (academic, life skills, healthcare, livelihood training) for all of those deprived of these.
Shikshaantra is like a second home to the children who come here after spending their formal school hours at the respective government schools. At Shikshaantra, we try to fill every learning gap. The overall development of the students, in terms of health, social engagement and healthy nourishment is taken care of through health and immunization camps, counselling and proper nutrition via mid day meals.
The objectives of the projects are as follows:
- To provide supportive education through remedial classes.
- To help in providing a comfortable home environment for the child by extending necessary support, guidance or rehabilitation to the family.
- To integrate the drop out children into mainstream schooling.
- To regenerate the lost interest of these children in studies.
- To help each child attain his/her holistic development (academic, life skills, health care and livelihood)
- To create awareness about education and social issues in the community.
Being statistically enrolled into a formal school does not ensure a growing rate of literacy in a country, given the numerous other conditions that lead to a huge percentage of drop-outs from all the government schools, the statistics of which might often go unnoticed. Thousands of children are still far away from a healthy educational environment with an unbelievably huge number of children leaving education midway and many other suffering from low learning problems. The reasons for low learning include non-availability of professionally trained teachers and adverse Pupil Teacher Ratios (which is as high as 41:1 and 54:1 in certain states) as well as infrastructural limitations, and in a high number of cases, the socio-economic factors and home environment that detrimentally affect a child’s learning, growth and development.
Once a student becomes a drop-out due to these various contributing factors, along with a pressure of low economic earning at home, the child is removed from mainstream education and eventually is lost under various layers of social ills. Saving these children from this disastrous and undeserving fate is something alarmingly important, and something we must be aware of. It is only just to give each not so privileged child the fair chance she/he deserves in shaping the future of the nation. Only meaningful education has the power to turn the hidden potential in every child into proficiency and expertise to go out and take on the world.
In response to the pronounced need, we have pledged to work towards improving the quality of school education and learning outcomes of children from low-income communities in India by offering complementary and support services through Shikshaantra+. Through this model of remedial education, we are reaching out to as many children as possible, within the premises of the government schools, to fill in all the gaps that might make them miss a chance to leave their marks in the course of time.
With every small step, KHUSHII tries to reach out as far as possible, and to as many beneficiaries it can. KHUSHII always tries to bring into the purview of its work, all kinds of community outreach, through training programs like Rozgaar, to help every struggling individual become empowered.
A different journey in the world begins after a student walks out of the protected boundaries of formal education. Through our program UDAAN, we try to help the needy students who have passed out of school with flying colours, to carry on with their dreams and education, unhindered. UDAAN takes into consideration the need for scholarships by KHUSHII’s deserving but disadvantaged students. The program of scholarships helps to push them a little more, hold their hands in their walk a little longer, and help them sail on and soar high.