Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world and the most effective way to break out of the cycle of poverty. Yet, after 70 years of Independence, over two crore children (NSS-2014) still remain out-of-school in India. These children are not only deprived of their right to receive an education but they lose their childhood to earn bread for a living.
Government through its Right to Education Act, 2009 have been making its way in enrolling and retaining children in school especially from the marginalized sector. According to the National Survey for Estimation of Out-of-School Children conducted in 2014, more than 60% of children dropped out before completing 3rd grade and according to the Institute for Policy Research Studies (PRS), nearly 50% of students dropped out by 11th grade. With the existence of such staggering numbers, the proper implementation of the Right to Education Act is yet to be made.
NGO helps in identifying the most vulnerable children in the poorest states of India. Due to unaccessibility and poverty, children miss out on school. Vistar Foundation helps enrol children in school under the Right to Education Act (RTE). Children who have dropped out and missed few years of schooling, Vistar Foundation provides them with gap classes which help them get enrolled in their age-appropriate grade..
Awareness and Counseling
Through workshops and various activities, awareness is generated amongst parents and local communities about the importance of education. Vistar Foundation also conducts regular counseling sessions to encourage parents to send their children especially girls to school and help them participate in various activities.
Vistar Foundation forms school management committees comprising of teachers, students and parents to help them take accountability in children and school's development.
Learning activities, sports and school committees help children in personality development and leadership. Vistar Foundation conducts multiple activities in schools that help them learn their rights, build skills and develop confidence.
To receive quality education other elements play a major role. Vistar Foundation helps in proper implementation of Right to Education Acts in schools across three poorest states in India, train teachers, strengthen school infrastructure, provide books and other learning materials to children and schools in need.
All this can be achieved when we work together. You can be a part of this change. A monthly contribution can help families break out of poverty. When crores of children are out-of-school, contributions from generous individuals like you can make their dream of going to school a reality. You too can help children build a better future for themselves and our nation. Donate today to an NGO like Vistar Foundation and be a part of a movement. Gift a child education.
- Improving Health in Jharkhand India
- Skill Development
The areas of focus of Vistar Foundation are: Child education, Healthcare, Youth employability and, Girl child and Woman empowerment. Vistar Foundation relentlessly works towards providing education to underprivileged children under difficult circumstances such as child labour, children of poorest of the parents, children with rare disabilities, disaster struck children and slum children. It has reached more than 3,,000 beneficiaries through its projects annually. Vistar Foundation was born, in 2004. It works towards quality healthcare, keeping in mind a positive impact on the environment. It also works towards other causes that go hand-in-hand with healthcare, such as nutrition, taking sincere effort to achieve its ideals. Several programs have been organised. Vistar carried out a dental health check in the Kumrum Basti, Mango and taught 350 people the importance of the correct brushing techniques and oral care. They have also regularly provided medicines for Vistar Children’s Home and St. Mary’s School, Sindri (Dhanbad) since 2004. Vistar also supplies monthly rations for daily breakfast for the 50 to 60 resident children there..
As the world’s second-most-populous country and one of its fastest-growing economies, India faces both unique challenges and unprecedented opportunities in the sphere of public health. For more than a decade, India has experienced record-breaking economic growth that has been accompanied by significant reductions in poverty. According to the World Bank, infant mortality in India fell from 66 to 38 per 1,000 live births from 2000 to 2015. Life expectancy at birth has increased from 63 to 68 years, and the maternal mortality ratio has fallen from 374 to 174 per 100,000 live births over the same period. India also has dynamic pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries; world-class scientists, including a burgeoning clinical trials industry; and leading hospitals that attract foreign patients and treat its better-off citizens. Yet Indian government and public health officials agree that the country also faces persistent and daunting public health challenges, particularly for the poor. These include child under nutrition and low birth weights that often lead to premature death or lifelong health problems; high rates of neonatal and maternal mortality; growth in non-communicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use, leading to cancer and other diseases; and high rates of road traffic accidents that result in injuries and deaths. As the Indian government strives to provide comprehensive health coverage for all, the country’s rapidly developing health system remains an area of concern. There are disparities in health and health care systems between poorer and richer states and underfunded health care systems that in many cases are inefficiently run and underregulated. New government-financed health insurance programs are increasing coverage, but insurance remains limited. Public and private health systems are placing huge demands on the country’s capacity to train exceptional health leaders and professionals. Rising to meet these challenges, the people of India have an opportunity to have a major influence on their own future health and on the future of public health and medical efforts globally.
Women’s economic participation and empowerment are fundamental to strengthening women’s rights and enabling them to have control over their lives and exert influence in society. The economic empowerment of women is a prerequisite for sustainable development. Gender equality and empowered women are catalysts for multiplying development efforts.
Government of India has enacted various rules and regulations within the constitutional framework to improve female representation in different professions. Currently, a majority of female workforce in India is unskilled. Skill is the bridge between job and workforce. Skill development is a key to improve employability and income-earning opportunities for women and for enhancing sustainable rural development and livelihoods. Social outcomes are reflected in indicators of income inequality and poverty. Employment outcomes are reflected by indicators of employment rates, unemployment, youth not in school and earnings.
Self-Employment through Skill-BuildingVocational training programme is introduced to enhance livelihood opportunities of women who are at a disadvantageous position and have a scant exposure to technical skills and knowledge. At present, the capacity of Skill Development in India is around 3.1 million persons per year. The 11th Five Year Plan envisions an increase in that capacity to 15 million annually. India has target of creating 500 million skilled workers by 2022.1 Thus, there is a need for increasing capacity of skill development programmes. Policies such as improving access to skill development by creating more seats for women, gender mainstreaming of content and delivery of training and use of digital platforms for women’s empowerment should be streamlined in order to improve the productivity of the economy and participation of women. It will provide a roadmap for skill development and help the government to catalyse the process. Some of the proposed beginnings can be:
Additional training and apprenticeship seats
To improve access to skill development, we need to create facilities by setting additional training and apprenticeship seats which also includes increasing pool of women trainers. Mechanisms to provide certification to trainers should be resilient and new institute for training of women trainers to be promoted.
Need for special delivery mechanisms The need for gender mainstreaming of training is very vital. In order to bridge the gap, there is need for special delivery mechanisms such as mobile training units, flexible afternoon batches with local needs-based training. It should also envision incorporation of women related issues such as issues of safe training environment, employment of women trainers, equity in remuneration and complaint redress mechanism
Momentum of Digital India in skill development There is a need to incorporate ICT (Information and Communication Technology) for providing skill development solutions. It should focus on promotion of internet or mobile based platform which would connect skilled women and employers. It should also emphasise on women re-willing to enter the workforce after a break or those affected by migration. Certain successful methods to retain girls and women in the workforce can be as follows:
• Introduce trainees to role-models in respective sectors.
• Provide more-and-more hands-on opportunities.
• Collect and display testimonials so that trainees can relate and take more interest in the programme.
• Fetch candidates rapidly in under-served populations.
• Develop a comprehensive equity plan to identify and address discriminatory practices and artificial barriers to girls’ enrolment.
Livelihood Training Programs : • Stitching and sewing training (6 month) to enable women to earn an income making and selling clothes
• Beautician training (6 month) to enable women to start businesses providing henna, skin care, and hairstyling in their communities
• Early childhood care and education training (3 month) for women who wish to become preschool teachers
• Computer training (6 month) to teach women basic computer skills which will help them find higher paying jobs
Workshops : • Gender rights and gender based violence
• Health workshops
• Adolescent health
• Malnutrition and anemia
• Reproductive health
• Technology for social development to help women make radio programs that voice their concerns, discuss specific issues like health and legal rights with doctors and experts, and broadcast this information to other women in the community
• Literacy programs for children that utilize educational games, toys, and audio-visual tools to teach early reading and numeracy skills