Education and provision of safe space for girls, peace and diversity education in suburban schools
and improving living conditions of children in slum settlements through advocacy by community leaders
NGO: Center for Development
Centre for Development (CfD) works to enhance access to and improve the quality of education in slum communities of Ahmedabad by striving to implement key provisions of the Right to Education (RtE) Act such as the School Management Committee and 25% reservation for socio-economically disadvantaged children. The center works to activate defunct or malfunctioning Anganwadis (ICDS) in the localities and has engaged in a peace and justice education programme in schools. Kadam Resource Center for Girls has been created to help adolescent girls (daughters of mothers who may have been divorced, widowed or deserted), who are vulnerable to trafficking and abuse. They provide learning resources, remedial coaching, counselling, workshops, exposure visits, professional trainings etc. to these girls. Short stay homes have been created to accommodate children rescued from Ahmedabad Railway Station through NGOs associated with Childline Foundation and the Government of India (Ministry of Women and Child welfare and the Ministry of Railways). Kadam Education Initiative, a part of CfD, provides remedial coaching and computer training to students belonging to the marginalized communities.
- 107 students (65 boys and 42 girls) admitted through the 25% reservation through RtE act with their help. CfD reached out to more than 60 families through training sessions.
- Over the last 4 years, 32 schools in 12 Blocks of 6 districts in Gujarat have had the peace education programme. This year they extended this programme to 10 schools in 2 suburban rural areas of Ahmedabad District – Dholka and Viramgam.
- 52 Girls were a part of the Kadam Education Initiative during 2017-18.