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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, Ayanagarwere 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.
URL: www.unitedwaydelhi.org