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Alternative Education

The concept of Alternative Education (AE) has been defined in many ways and the way we in Prayas see it is – planned and deliberate educational activities or programmes for out of school children of 6-14 years age group, leading to learning outcomes comparable to that of elementary schools. The focus of Alternative Education is ensuring participation of all out of school children including children in need of care and protection and other categories of children like street children migrant children girl child etc.  Alternative Education works on the premise that the formal system may not address the needs of all children. Mere imparting of literacy may not solve the requirements of these children. Hence the need for a system which adapts to the diversity of needs of street and working children. Prayas works with the following categories of children: [1].    Street Children [2].    Child labour [3].    Child Prostitutes [4].    Children in Conflict with Law [5].    Children in need of Care and Protection

The Alternate Education Programme of PrayasPrayas has been providing Alternative Education to street and working children in Delhi for the past 15 years. Over the years the model has evolved and undergone many changes. Prayas does not attempt to create a system that runs parallel to the formal system already in place. Our aim is to complement the formal school system by addressing its weaknesses and making it malleable to address the needs of those that have been left out and are marginalised. It is an attempt to bridge the distance between the formal and the non-formal in the best interest of the children.

The AE model as followed by Prayas can be understood as-Non Formal Education
Provision of education to all the children out of school in the 6-14 age group by neighbourhood learning centers, following a flexible schedule and incentives like mid day meals, uniforms, shoes and sweaters.

Formal Education
Preparation and enrolment of more than 5000 children every year in formal schools.

Distance Education
Prayas is accredited by the Ministry of HRD to run the National Institute of Open Schooling for street and working children.

Inclusive Education
Prayas interprets inclusive education as a philosophy which aims to bring together all children into the mainstream. This includes those with learning difficulties, the disabled, the girl child and children from marginalised sections of society.

Vocational & Life Skills Education
Vocational & life skills education – Mere literacy will not equip the children to deal with the vagaries of life. Non formal education coupled with vocational training and life skills education create a positive impact in terms of placement and rehabilitation of the trained children and their mainstreaming into society. The Jan Shikshan Sansthan set up with the Ministry of HRD imparts training in more than 20 skills to children in the 15 to 18 years age group.

Ensuring Quality
Access to education of poor quality is tantamount to no access at all. Prayas seeks to ensure quality in its educational programme by
1      Development of comprehensive curriculum in collaboration with national level institutes like NCERT and NIEPA
2      Regular training of teachers
3      Development of appropriate teaching learning material
4      Joyful education
5      Emphasis on experiential learning through theatre, craft, art etc
6      Involvement of community and parents in PTAs.
7      Involvement of children through Bal Panchayats

Education for All (EFA)
‘Education for All’ means what it says. The international community committed itself, in the Dakar framework for Action, towards providing free primary schooling by 2015. Besides reducing the adult illiteracy by half it heavily stressed on increasing the early childhood education and programmes for out- of school children, and improving the quality of education. It also emphasizes the elimination of the gender disparities in primary and secondary schooling by the year 2005. The Education For All (EFA), led by UNESCO has embraced a mission that includes both advocacy and a sense of accountability towards commitments. It campaigns to improve the quality and availability of education at both global and country levels.