Skill-based learning for slum children in South West Delhi
This Mission Education project imparts quality education and life skills to underserved children from slums in and around South West Delhi, with special focus on girl children. Along with academics, emphasis is also laid on skill-based learning for the children.
The residential colonies in South West Delhi employ more than 10,000 domestic helpers, maids and drivers, who are immigrant workers living in the slums of Kishangarh, Bhawani Kunj, Shanti Kunj, Andheria Mod, Rangpuri Pahadi and Chhattarpur. As these people do not have residential proofs or birth certificates of their children, they face difficulty in sending their children to conventional schools.
The centre aims at bridging this gap by providing education to these underprivileged children and mainstreaming them into the formal education system.
Activities and excursions are an integral part of the learning process at the centre. Events like Diwali Fete, Book Fair, picnics, dance, drama and poem recitation are organised to foster the all round development of the children. Health check-ups and counselling of parents and children on hygiene issues are done on a regular basis.
Smile Foundation has partnered with Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society for this project.
About the Partnership
Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society focuses on community development through education. A group of like-minded individuals, believing in the basic social principle that all children irrespective of their birth and social status have the right to quality education, got together to form ‘Disha’ in the year 2000, which was registered in 2005 by the name of Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society. Today, it has transformed into a primary school and is registered with the National Institute of Open Schooling. Nai Disha has many volunteers who not only help the children in their studies, but also introduce them to theatre, art and craft, music, dance, computers and storytelling.
Sangeeta Malik, Founder, Nai Disha Educational and Cultural Society
"Nai Disha is a non-profit organization with a focus on community development through the medium of education and skill development for the underprivileged. We are very grateful to Smile Foundation for supporting us, believing in us and helping us sustain this venture."