2000 Children across 10 government schools have access to improved seating in Gurugram
Venue: GPS Primary School (Boys), Nathupur, Gurugram.
Date: 6th March, 2018
5th March, 2018, Nathupur, Gurugram: The G.P.S. Primary School (Boys), Nathupur, Gurugram witnessed handover function of 1000 dual desks by United Way Delhi to Dy. Commissioner of Gurugram in presence of District and Block Education functionaries, principals of several schools and children. The dual desks donation is a part of United Way Delhi’s School Support program which aims to strengthen government schooling system, is being generously supported by various corporate donors through their Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiatives.
2,000 students from 10 Government Schools in Gurugram district will have access to improved seating because of the donated desks. These children were sitting on floor before the intervention.
United Way Delhi facilitated distribution of 1000 dual desks that were donated to GPS Sanchouli, GPS KirankiKherli, GPS Darbaripur, GPS Damdama, GPS Badshahpur(Girls), GMS + GPS NayaBehrampur, G.P.S. Silani, G.P.S.Sakatpur, GSSS Bhondsi and GPS Nathupur in Gurugram and adjoining areas.
Lakhs of children in Delhi NCR have to sit on floor for 6 hours at stretch in any given weather and concentrate on classroom teaching. Besides lack of concentration for many children, postural issues also effect the students.
As a part of School Support Program, the Desk Donation Campaign is UWD’s initiative to provide children from marginalized communities, their basic right to sit comfortably and participate effectively in the learning process. Over the last couple of years, UWD has been able to provide a comfortable dignified seating space to more than 12000+ children from marginalized communities across 30+ government schools.
United Way of Delhi
United Way of Delhi (UWD), is an independent local not for profit society, affiliated to the United Way Global Family. UWD is one of the 7 independent United Way’s operating in India under the United Way of India network. UWD works towards bringing about sustainable change in the communities through several intensive programs in education, health, environment, livelihood, women’s empowerment and disaster response.
UWD’s School Support Program (SSP)
School Support Program, is a comprehensive program initiated by UWD in consultation and approval of local government authorities to provide support to government schools so that they can improve overall learning experience and outcomes. The thrust of the program is to develop better infrastructure, sanitation, teaching\ learning support for teachers and working on strengthening students and parents\ SMC engagement thereby creating a better learning environment for them. Various activities and workshops are organized in these schools from time to time for holistic development of students.
United Way strengthens its foothold in early child care and development with launch of classrooms equipped with interactive wall art, learning and play tools for every child and care giver engagement material
The Event: Inauguration of classrooms with customised child friendly infrastructure for 0-6 year’s age group including interactive wall art, learning and play tools for every child, teacher training, digital teaching aid and care giver engagement material at SDMC Primary School (Girls), Ayanagar, New Delhi.
Venue: SDMC Primary School (Girls), Ayanagar, New Delhi.
Date: 27th February, 2018
United way’s global campaign on early child care and development received a shot in the arm today with the launch of Classrooms with customised child friendly infrastructure for 0-6 years age group including interactive wall art, learning and play tools for every child, teacher training, digital teaching aid and care giver engagement material at SDMC Primary school (Girls) at Ayanagar, New Delhi.
As per Census 2011 data, India has 164.47 million children in the age group of 0–6 years constituting 13.6 per cent of total population. Out of these, 43.19 million children reside in urban areas constituting 26.3 per cent of the total children population in 0–6 age group and 11.5 per cent of the total urban population. 18.7 per cent of urban children in 0–6 years age group reside in slums. Out of the 128.5 million children residing in urban areas, close to 7.8 million children under the age of 0-6 years still live in abject poverty and poor conditions in informal settlements.
Through its global campaign, United Way works closely with local government run Anganwadis and preschools across many cities in India to impact the lives of children in their critical growth years 0-6.
The event kicked off with a warm welcome of Gov’t Officials followed by inauguration of classrooms through ritualistic ribbon cutting ceremony. Ms. Geeta Kumari, Assistant Director – Physical, Education, SDMC – Civic Centre, Ms. Manju Khatri, Deputy Director, SDMC Green Park, Mr. John, School Inspector, Mr. Ved Pal, Nigam Parshad, Ayanagar, were present to grace the occasion along with United Way Delhi Team and other NGO partners.
The officials took a tour of the school wherein the UWD Team took them through the work carried out as a part of the project, its objective and estimated impact, the processes put in place to make use of the facilities to its full capacity, and the ongoing engagement and interventions that would be carried out through the year towards the learning support and improvement for these students in the beginning of their educational life. The officials also interacted with the students of the nursery classes.
“I am overwhelmed to see the concept of early child care and development taking a perfect shape in the school and would love to replicate the model in neighbouring schools too, so that the school becomes centre of excellence and a vehicle for change in the local community,” said Ved Pal – Nigam Parshad, Ayanagar
“I am happy to observe how a school adopts to a unique school centred child development model which emphasise on holistic development of a child in the age group of 0 -5 yrs. I would look forward for larger public private partnership in this area,” said Ms. Manju Khatri, Deputy Director, SDMC Green Park.
United Way Delhi is currently supporting local government improve quality of early child care services for marginalised population across 15 preschools and 20 Anganwadis in Delhi NCR. Under this project, 74 students in this Primary School will benefit with the extensive child centred beautification, provision of child-friendly infrastructure (installation of 10 Set of 6 trapezium table and chairs), ongoing learning support and improved parent & community engagement through the year towards a learning friendly environment (both at school and home) for the students of these three classrooms.
About Born Learning Campaign of United Way Delhi:
Born Learning is United Way Worldwide flagship campaign aimed at the overall well-being and development of the new born in its most formative years (0-6 years). The program attempts to provide a stimulating and nurturing environment across government and Not-For-Profit managed Pre-School centres (Anganwadis\Creches\Pre-Schools) and strengthen the home based care through active engagement and ownership from all stakeholders – service providers, parents, communities and caregivers.
Pillars of the program as a holistic development plan:
- Stimulating Child-friendly Environment
- Tools and Methods for early learning and behaviour change
- Promoting Nutritional care and management
- Early Detection of Disability and referral
- Participation and Ownership of communities and caregivers
- Manage Transition to Formal School Environment and to Grade I
About United Way Delhi:
United Way Delhi is a non-profit organization working actively since 2008 to advance “common good” for the local community through innovative programs in education, healthcare, environment and livelihood. In the past few years we have impacted lives of more than 150,000 people from marginalized strata through innovative interventions and close partnership with various stakeholders – corporate, community members, NGOs and the beneficiaries. UWD is the local chapter of United Way Worldwide, one of the largest non-profit organisations of the world engaged with more than 1800 communities across more than 40 countries.