Bal Utsav - Organisation Profile

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Bal Utsav - Organisation Profile

  1. 1. Bal Utsav is a nonprofit, nonpartisan professional organization that provides learning opportunities for children, parents, teachers, practitioners, researchers and organizations working with children and youth based issues at the national, state, and local levels. Bal Utsav connects citizens, civil society groups, corporates, academicians, media and government through various online and offline methods. Legal Status Bal Utsav is an initiative of Child Empowerment Foundation India (CEFI). CEFI is a fully incorporated, Not for Profit company registered under Section 25 of the Ministry of Corporate Affairs, Government of India, and operates without any government assistance. The organization relies solely on donations from generous donors, sponsors and bequests and revenue raised from fundraisers and events. Bal Utsav | Who We Are
  2. 2. Bal Utsav services children largely between the ages of 3 to 18, through in-school and community-based interventions. In-School Programs At Bal Utsav we work with various schools, and provide need based interventions to children, staff and parents on a variety of topics including but not limited to Rights of Children, Ethical Training, Leadership Training, Workshops on Health & Sexual Health and Child Sexual Abuse. Educating Non-School Going Children At Bal Utsav we educate non school going children with the use of mulitigrade, multilevel pedagogy thus bridging the gap in the learning levels and ensuring that learning is not about just being in school. Amid all the celebrations over the Right to Education (RTE) being implemented, there is an elephant in the room that nobody is talking about. It's called the Dropout Rate. The spotlight till now has been on expanding the infrastructure, appointing teachers, ensuring that schools are at walkable distances, and so on. All this is undoubtedly needed. But the biggest problem facing the schooling system is that over 50% of children who join up in Class I drop out by Class VIII. It is not about children who never attended school — those are a separate category altogether. There is a huge need for effective school education to every child, thus the need to unite and supplement existing efforts. Without an educated population, India will be unable to sustain a strong rate of growth. Without education, young boys and girls will never benefit from the country’s progress and prosperity. Education is a chance for a better life and we want every child in India to be able to atleast read and write. For that, it is crucial to understand the problem and then build effective strategies. We at BalUtsav have been doing this by establishing and operating schools in communities where there is a critical need for quality education. The type of programs introduced in an area is based on the needs of that community, such as pre-school programs, learning support classes and urban-learning centers. Bal Utsav | What We Do
  3. 3. The Museum School is an effort to try and fill the gap in the quality of education between a rich child and a poor child of urban India. Education is the foundation of a country and every individual has a fundamental right to quality education. Yet there is a huge disparity between the quality of education of a rich child and a poor child in the same city. The Government on its own tries everything to bring children to school thru free textbooks, uniforms, bicycles, mid-day meals, but does little to retain them in school. With minimal infrastructure, almost no teaching aids, multigrade teaching by 1 teacher and rote learning, quality gets ignored almost always. Poor quality leads to poor attendance, poor retention, poor performance and huge dropouts. In our search to fill these gaps, we found that the Museums in a city provide knowledge and a fun filled learning environment, yet are never used as centers for regular learning. The exhibits in a Museum enable practical and conceptual learning, even for illiterates, yet are never used as teaching aids. The Museum School collaborates with Museums in a city, making them the regular school, matches curriculum with exhibits, and facilitates a fast-track bridging mechanism using existing Govt. infrastructure (the Museums) as schools, Hugely inspired by the Gurukul model of teaching, children are taught literacy under the trees, knowledge at the Museums and skills to make them educated and employable. The school covers 100’s of non school going children from the slums of Bangalore and operates 5 days a week and 4 hours everyday. (Tuesday to Saturday). All children attending the Museum school are provided with free pick up and drop, have access to a student teacher ratio of 10:1, a nutritious meal planned by a qualified dietitian and have curriculum that covers values and life skills, literacy, academics, arts, sports, adolescent and vocational education. The Museum School thus fills the gap by providing holistic education to numerous children who otherwise never attend a school. Museum School Bangalore
  4. 4. India is changing and modernizing quickly, urbanization being the most visible aspect. New infrastructures are being built on a mass scale; malls and high-rise buildings are springing up every fortnight while this meets the eye what is most often not known is that the construction industry is the single largest employer of migrant laborers, the poorest of the poor, in Indian cities. The real estate boom in India has resulted in numerous construction sites in every major city. Every construction site demands a huge labor force which often comprises of illiterate villagers from neighboring states. These laborers and their families live close to the construction site in labor camps or slums. Lack of access to education for the children of these laborers is a huge problem. These children do not attend school due to factors such as poverty, accessibility and lack of motivation. This results in a large number of kids being out of the school system. Bal Utsav has been one of the few organizations specifically supporting the health, education and safety of children of construction laborers and has reached a large number of children. However, there are millions of children in the country that live on construction sites. Our vision is for all children to have a nurturing and happy childhood and our mission is to promote ‘child-friendly sites’; where every child living on a construction site is safe, healthy and educated, and is able to enjoy their childhood. Bal Utsav believes that if a child cannot go to school, let’s take the school to the doorstep of the child. We do this by providing education at construction sites through our uniquely designed programs so that the children of construction laborers have an opportunity to be a part of the countries development. At Bal Utsav we have developed a model of comprehensive child care and work in close partnership with parents, the construction industry, labour communities, government agencies and partner organizations to promote education of children at construction sites. Schools For Children of Migrant Laborers
  5. 5. In India as in most countries rape of children and women is on the rise, the last few years have seen an increase in violence against women and children and given the recent instances of rape, it shows no sign of fading away. There is something terribly wrong with a society that is unable to guarantee the safety of its women and children. The horrific and sadistic sexual assault and rape of a 5 year old girl in Delhi shook the nation’s conscience. It also struck fear into the heart of every parent with a young girl child. It was well known that India is not the safest place in the world for women. It is now equally apparent that it is a terrible place for children. A recent report says that the incidence of child rape in india has grown by 336% This is a sign of regress. It is unfortunate that it has taken such a brutal incident to highlight what seems to be an endemic trend. We believe that it takes a particularly twisted mind to sexually assault a minor. Yet, several studies have shown that the typical rapist is not usually a stand- out anti-social personality. After the fatal gang rape of a 23 year old in a Delhi bus sparked outrage across India, the nation took to the streets to protest heinous sexual assaults on women and children. Hundreds were seen shouting slogans, campaigning outside government buildings, scuffling with policemen. However, too often, in India, public outrage dissipates without any fundamental reform of broken systems. The least we can do as a society is not to let our children and women down. Remember, legislation alone cannot save women trapped in a patriarchal culture… Something needs to be done. In the backdrop of a never-ending stream of news about women, girls, teens, pre-teens getting sexually assaulted. We realized that while everyone was affected by the occurrence, most did not know what they could do to stop violence and abuse against women and children. This is where Bal Utsav stepped in: to tell people what they can do. Thus was born the MENtoring. MENtoring is a social initiative designed to create awareness to instill gender equality and respect towards women through gender sensitization. This program is being launched in schools and would make children and women feel safe as it will address the problem through a three phased approach of: - Raising pledges to not indulge in abuse and violence of women and children - To ensure people do not remain a mute spectator - when children and women are being harmed. - And equipping people to deal with the situation appropriately. MENtoring
  6. 6. Bal Utsav | Where We Have Been Mentioned We are grateful to both Print and Electronic media for their continuous support to make our endeavors and actions reach out to a larger audience
  7. 7. Bal Utsav invites you and your organization to consider joining our support network thus enabling us to replicate and scale the activities of the organization. We look forward to discussing with you ways in which we can best tailor your support and secure the long term future of children in India. At Bal Utsav, supporters are seen as invaluable partners therefore we aim to provide projects that are of best interest to your needs and also achieve our vision of 'Long-Term and Mutually beneficial partnerships'. All donations are exempt under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act. We believe the next chapter of Bal Utsav to be a very exciting and innovative. With extensions to in-school and community-based interventions and the consequent opening up of our services in other cities of India the potential of the partnership with Bal Utsav is immense. We look forward to working with you to develop a relationship that provides exceptional rewards for you as well as us and to ensure that the spirit and voice of the Children can be experienced for generations to come. Bal Utsav | Why Get Involved
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