The Gurukul

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The Gurukul

  1. 1. Entry For Design for Change Contest - 2011 Children of a Lesser God …… . a new beginning (Sep. 25-Oct 02, 2011) A humble effort by The Gurukul, Panchkula
  2. 2. <ul><li>You find them dime a dozen </li></ul><ul><li>On the streets everyday </li></ul><ul><li>And how we loathe them </li></ul><ul><li>And keep them from our children away </li></ul><ul><li>Not even a thought is spared </li></ul><ul><li>When we see little hands slogging </li></ul><ul><li>At times as domestic helps </li></ul><ul><li>Or being ordered around for serving </li></ul><ul><li>Oh the children of a lesser God </li></ul><ul><li>To poor parents you were born </li></ul><ul><li>Not by choice but default </li></ul><ul><li>Then why do we treat you with such scorn? </li></ul><ul><li>Oh the children of a lesser God </li></ul><ul><li>Your smile and your innocence </li></ul><ul><li>Is no different from the fortunate ones </li></ul><ul><li>Then where is your childhood, why its absence? </li></ul><ul><li>Oh the children of a lesser God </li></ul><ul><li>It’s we who deserve the contempt </li></ul><ul><li>For failing in our duties towards you </li></ul><ul><li>For not even making an attempt </li></ul><ul><li>Oh the children of a lesser God </li></ul><ul><li>……………… .please forgive us!! </li></ul>Harsimran Kaur Principal Children of a lesser God
  3. 3. FEEL Child labour is rampant everywhere – in homes, in shops, in industries etc.
  4. 4. <ul><li>Innocent childhood is lost in a pursuit of earning livelihood and also snatched is their basic right to education. </li></ul><ul><li>Families cannot survive without their financial contribution. </li></ul><ul><li>Grow up as illiterate adults and unproductive units of society. </li></ul><ul><li>Leads to increased crime rate. </li></ul><ul><li>Hampers the country's growth and progress. </li></ul>FEEL
  5. 5. FEEL <ul><li>Can be ‘Changed’ </li></ul><ul><li>by creating awareness about the ill- effects of child labour. </li></ul><ul><li>by trying to convince people to not employ minors at home, shops or industries. </li></ul>
  6. 6. IMAGINE Students interacted with their parents, general public and shopkeepers and industrialists urging them to replace underage employees with elder ones.
  7. 7. IMAGINE Plan of Action <ul><li>Designed a questionaire </li></ul><ul><li>Identified the working children </li></ul><ul><li>Enrolment of these children in evening school for free of cost </li></ul><ul><li>Teaching money generating activities </li></ul><ul><li>‘ Street Play’ by school children and the child labourers ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gmi1xCXywA) </li></ul>
  8. 8. DO... In the selected week <ul><li>Questionnaire was developed to find out about child labour but the response was disheartening as the parents of child labourers refused to divulge any details. </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore students identified children around their school involved in any kind of labour like domestic help, shoe –shiners, in dhabas, tea stalls, sweet shops, industries etc. </li></ul><ul><li>They offered them to join their evening school since the families could not afford to send them in the mornings as their income was helping in families’ sustenance. </li></ul>
  9. 9. <ul><li>Free books and stationery given to the children. </li></ul><ul><li>Some money generating activities like candle making, shagun- envelope making, paper bag making etc. were taught to the children. </li></ul><ul><li>They were also involved in recreational activities like dance. </li></ul><ul><li>A street play(Nai Subah) was put up by the school students and the evening school children together, in the local market to create awareness ( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Gmi1xCXywA ) </li></ul>DO... In the selected week
  10. 10. <ul><li>The residents of the group housing societies around the school were contacted to buy the items (candles, shagun cards, paper bags etc.) made by these child labourers. </li></ul><ul><li>The money generated thus would be used for buying uniform for their children. </li></ul><ul><li>Students of the school pledged to help at least one not so privileged child at their home front (could be domestic help/maid's child/servant's or gardener's ward etc.) in access to education. </li></ul>DO... In the selected week
  11. 11. Dancing away their blues Little hands working – but for fun Finally some access to education “ I’m not being scolded- I’m being taught!”
  12. 12. SHARE <ul><li>The first impact – was enrollment of 47 child labourers in the evening school. </li></ul><ul><li>Two of our esteemed parents volunteered to teach in our humble evening venture free of cost. </li></ul>Impact
  13. 13. <ul><li>Students have pledged to help at least one under privileged child each. </li></ul><ul><li>The Shopkeeper Association of Sector 20 market Panchkula, impressed and inspired by the endeavour of The Gurukul students promised to adopt at least 10 children and help The Gurukul fund their education in our special evening school by way of providing uniform, books and stationery. </li></ul>SHARE Impact
  14. 14. SHARE Impact <ul><li>The Resident Welfare Association of Sec-20 Panchkula supported in the drive by buying candles / envelopes made by these children for Diwali this year and encourage them. </li></ul>
  15. 15. SHARE Impact <ul><li>It is noteworthy that each Group Housing Society has nearly 100 apartments on an average so we have hopefully triggered off a massive campaign. </li></ul>
  16. 16. Reach out……. …… for their better future!!

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