STORY PREVIEW

2018

Build the Future - Provision of Education to the children of construction workers

The Galaxy School -Wadi

Gujarat

MENTOR

Priyanka Lakhwani

STUDENTS

Puja Shah,

Janya Govani,

Aryushi Nakum,

Vedanshi Kakadiya ,

Devanshu Makwana ,

Step 1 FEEL

Throughout our brainstorming process, we all shared various problems we came across in our locality, looking for that one problem which made us all lose a little sleep every night. Initially, we decided to go with ideas such as water purification systems, fight for the rights of the LGBT community, and various other ideas that come under human rights.

We chose human rights as a main idea because those issues dealt with a person’s basic survival, and helped us connect to the problem because it deals with people more that circumstances. Soon we realised that most of the topics we considered were very used up and talked about. We wanted to take up an issue that people normally ignored, something which opens eyes. We realised one such problem on a bus journey to school, where we witnessed a group of kids, the children of construction workers playing around. The only thought was, if we go to school, then what do they do to study. That was when we realised: nothing. Hence, we took it up ourselves to get them the education they deserve.

The people not getting the education they deserve are the kids of construction workers. Their main concern was the constant shifting of their parents, which makes it impossible for them to settle at one place. Due to being resigned to that fact, they gave up on all tries of going to school.

Step 2 IMAGINE

The first and foremost solution in order to provide education to construction workers’ kids was to convince their parents to send them to government public schools. To talk to them, explain and make them understand about the importance of education in today’s word. Secondly, we thought of spreading awareness to gather volunteers who were interested in helping us go and teach the workers’ kids at the construction site, on a daily basis.In addition to that, we thought of creating a syllabus to make our teaching process easier to carry out and keep a track of.

We implemented a combination of all solutions listed about. Firstly we had to convince the construction workers to send their kids to school. While we were carrying out our primary research, we got to know of a better solution, which was to request the district municipal corporation to open ‘anganwadi’ a basic 3 hour school that also provides a mid-day meal. Though our city had exhausted the limit for the number of ‘anganwadis’ that could be constructed, not all receive quality education. We then decided to go door to door, class to class, and building to building in search of volunteers who could spend their valuable time to help for the cause we were working for. We didn’t get many enthusiasts and decided to take the responsibility on our shoulders, as we went to teach ourselves, and have been doing so since 3 weeks. As far as the syllabus was concerned, we took help from the headteacher of an anganwadi and modified it. We can proudly say that we also convinced 2 huge construction sites to build private ‘anganwadis’, hough it would be a cost to the business.

Step 3DO

Although we came up with many solutions, like campaigns and making posters, we thought the best way we could provide our help is by sharing our diverse and precious knowledge, which may be helpful for their future. As we were very few, and could not be present everywhere, for a construction site with numerous children, we convinced the owner to build a anganwadi for them. For the sites where this wasn’t possible, we ourselves have been going to teach since the past 3 weeks..

Due to our help, we like to believe we positively changed the lives of many children, helping them secure a brighter and more successful future than what they would have otherwise. A total of 80 children will possibly get the necessary education to succeed and get out of the poverty cycle once and for all.

Approximately 80 children were part of the building site we helped build an anganwadi for. About 80 from 300 unskilled building workers’ parents were also partially taught by us about the importance of education. We taught 14 children personally and through volunteers.

The children were joyous when we taught them. One of the child thanked us saying “We never went to school, and don’t think will get the chance, but now we know how students feel in school.” His parents, with tears of happiness “ Thank you so much beta, at least there’s someone in this world who cares and thinks about us and our children.”

There were quite a few problems that we faced during this project. One was transport. Due to the busy schedule of most of the parents in our group, we couldn’t figure out how to reach the place. But at the end, we used local transport. Another problem was that the children decided to teach were very shy, but after going over to them everyday and talking, they got used to us and opened up.

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Quality Education

We think so because our main aim is providing the kids with the education they deserve. Moreover, our part about enhancing the syllabus for including personal hygiene and other overlooked ideas also add to the “better quality,” aspect of the Sustainable Development Goal.

Step 4 SHARE

Because our project has a very specific audience, we found it difficult, and for some time, useless to share it with the rest of our community. We later realised that doing so will definitely help spread word which would help us know of a lot more schools. We had unknowingly spread knowledge regarding our initiative throughout Rajkot white gathering information by primary research. We talked with numerous builders, but asking questions to them not only made us aware but also made them motivated. We went to the Education department office of the Rajkot Municipal Corporation, and talked to them about the lack of education of unskilled workers’ children. Not only the leading stakeholders were asked, but the victims were too; the children's parents were persuaded by us and our volunteers to send them to school. Even all our friends, from India and all around the world, were made familiar with this almost threat through something as simple as a google form. As for making our local community aware, we used the good old talking and passing on way. We gathered minimal volunteers through this, and so much of the district population became mindful of our plan of action. We made shoulder batches to bring an identity to our cause, which elevated its legitimacy to our audience.

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We did try to edit the aganwadi syllabus but we would want to do this extensively and edit it further. We would also want to include various other things as well after due research. We would also want to have a more dynamic approach in creating it, which means that we would like to change it frequently on the basis of current dynamics and personal need. We plan to continue convincing builders within and beyond the city to build anganwadis as well as take to take it very seriously and making it a solution from an issue. On top of that, we also would love to gather more volunteers by continuing to spread knowledge the way we already are, and personally go and teach local building sites which are not qualified to get anganwadis. If we create our current actions to be more effective, then our progress would be effective as well.