One of the largest INGO Plan International collaborated with Deepalaya to carry out integrated Development in the slums of Delhi.
The year1986 was an year of growth in terms of serving a larger member of children from weaker sections of Society. The Deepalaya School Programme and the Urban Community Development programme added in 1986 provide the forum for rendering better services to the children marginalised families and communities.
Running Deepalaya School is one of the two major activities of the Society. While the major bottleneck of lack of proper accommodation for the school the progress has been quite encouraging. The impact the school has made on the children their parents and the community around was so good that the management in consultation with interested parents had to start a second shift of the school in the afternoon. The resulted in admitting over 200 students to the school during the beginning of the academic year although last year the society was at a loss as to how it can extend quality education with better discipline to children of weaker sections.
Strength of School – Paying Section (morning)
|Nursery||2||The children in paying section|
|Kinder Garden||12||is becoming less as the society|
|Standard I||4||assign importance to children|
|Standard II||3||from weaker sections.|
|Standard III||2||They pay a fee of Rs.60/-per|
|Sponsored Section”(Morning)||Sponsored Section”(Afternoon)|
|Nursery A||28||Nursery A||28|
|Kinder Garden A||26||Nursery B||30|
|Kinder Garden B||28||Nursery C||29|
|Standard I||14||Nursery D||38|
|Standard II||2||Nursery E||29|
Non Sponsored “(Paying token fees)
Nursery 33 – 23 children pay @ Rs.20/ per month and
10 children pay @ Rs.10/ each month.)
Total strength of students 356. Out of 356 students, 198 are boys and 158 are girls.
Teachers and Staff
|Teachers||16 Morning 9 and afternoon 7|
|Aaya (aids)||4 (2 each)|
|Accountant cum clerk||1|
The ratio of teacher to student is kept very low so that better attention is given to children who are from slums so as to bring them to good standards of education.
Health Checkups And Treatment
The children are given periodical health check up and treatment through the services of a homeopathic doctor, who visits the school once a week on an appointed day. The children are immunised against chicken pox, measles, Diphtheria, Tetanus, Whooping cough, mums, BCG etc. They are given treatment against skin rashes, scabies, infections, eye viruses, cough and cold etc.
Children are provided every school day with a glass of milk each. Milk powder is obtained from the Central Relief Committee at the instance of Save the Children Fund, UK and India. Apart from milk, each child is given either an egg or fruits or biscuit every day. The nutrition has improved the health of children. The growth chart maintained at the school with the help of the doctor and social worker amply verifies the physical growth in children and the relative improvement in their intelligence.
The children are provided with uniform made up of shirt or top, skirt or shorts. socks, belt and shoes.
Picnics, Education Tour And Physical Exercises
The school had gone for 5 picnics to various places in Delhi namely Qutab Minar, zoo, Bal bhawan, children’s park etc. The children are given physical exercise every day. For want of space in the school premises the physical exercises are conducted in the parks and gardens nearby.
Cultural Programme/Singing/Dancing etc.
With a view to improve the inherent talents of children, time is set apart to teach them singing, dancing, dramatics etc. The skill acquired during the year is proposed to the displayed by children on the school day function, during which the parents and public could also assess the learning in these items. To help in this, necessary musical instruments were purchased.
The school celebrates the national days like Independence day, Republic Day etc. by organising some functions. Also Christmas is celebrated and Christmas Father (Santa Claus) gives gifts to each child. The school day is another occasion during this academic year, in which students will take part actively.
The paying children will have all the above services at cost and the sponsored children are rendered all the services free of cost.
Integrated Urban Community Development/ Deepalaya Plan programme
In partnership with foster parent Plan International, Deepalaya Education Society launched an urban community development programme in one of the relocated colonies of West Delhi. With a view to accomplish the goal of universalization and vocationalization of education, the following programmes and activities in various areas of development, viz., education, health, recreation, and income generation are undertaken by the project.
The area of education covers the following aspects: Balwadis: The project is running two balwadis, covering 60 children of age group 3-7 years. It is proposed to add 3 more balwadis shortly for which 3 teachers are undergoing training. Remedial Teaching : The project is running 19 coaching classes for the children in classes I to VI who are attending schools. The total number of beneficiaries in the same group at present is 560. Non Formal Education : The project has conducted surveys and explored the possibilities of running 10 non formal education centres for the non-school going children, women and girls of age group 125-35 years in this budget year. Health : A survey has been conducted. To meet the general immediate needs of the families, a doctor has been requested to visit the community once in a week and he agreed to give his services. A detailed programme for health check up of the Balwadi children, (400) and parents of foster children is being organised. Income Generation Programme : Attempt is made to coordinate with various agencies and offices to assist the families having potentialities to generate income. Recreation/Tours : 164 children from the Foster families have joined the education- cum recreational trips (two) organized by the project to the zoological park and children’s park, New Delhi. Parents/Youth Clubs meeting : A cricket club has been formed with a view to develop sports among the children and a constructive participation of youth for their self development, child and family welfare development and neighbor hood development. The club is running smoothly and is organizing meets with other clubs. The youth club assisted the project in arranging the tours and celebration of Republic Day. Parents meeting is a regular feature to motivate the parents to take interest in education of the children and to sustain their interest. Remedial class teachers and Balwadi teachers are arranging the meetings monthly. Enrollment Sponsorships : The project has already sent 343 case history drafts to Delhi Plan Representation Office, Kalkaji, who had sent 277 cases to International Headquarters.
The statement of accounts duly audited by a chartered accountant is available for perusal. During 1966, substantial support came from Aide et Action, Paris, Save the Children Fund, UK, Foster Parent Plan International, USA through sponsorship/programme. The financial position for day to day operation of the programme is quite satisfactory. However, funds for acquiring land for the school is not forthcoming and it is a problem for the children, who take advantage of Deepalaya.
Except for the problem of proper accommodation for the school, which affects the extension of services to the weaker sections, Deepalaya Education Society is making steady progress in its activities of serving the poor and needy in the urban slums of Delhi, through education and allied programme areas. Deepalaya is grateful to the people in the slums for their co-operation, supporting partner agencies and others who assist Deepalaya. Thanks are also due to the staff and members of the Executive Committee of Deepalaya Education Society for their hard work and co-operation.