Hafiznagar slum children get education
This Mission Education project focuses on imparting education to the children of Hafiznagar Slum in Guwahati, Assam. Hafiznagar is a slum cluster, located along the railway tracks in Bamunimaidan area in the city. The slum cluster has several households that live in extreme poor conditions. The families are involved in menial jobs like rag picking for livelihood.
Under the project, all the children of the slum cluster are brought to the on-site centre where they are provided basic education. Morning classes are held every day at the centre for four hours, primarily focusing on elementary English, Assamese language, art and crafts and moral science education.
Full-time teachers as well as volunteers are employed at the centre to make learning an interactive and fun process. On a regular basis, health camps are organised at the centre to address the healthcare needs of the children. Provision of library, teaching learning material and exposure to state level talent platforms, ensures the holistic development of the children.
Smile Foundation has partnered with Universal Team for Social Action & Help (UTSAH) for this Mission Education project.
About the Partnership
Universal Team for Social Action & Help aims to achieve an equitable society, built around its social, environmental and cultural heritage, where all people could thrive. Inspired by the Gandhian ideals of community service, UTSAH undertakes a range of comprehensive community development programmes, covering the issues of child rights and protection, women’s rights, care of elderly and youth empowerment.
- Miguel Queah, Chairman, UTSAH
"Education is one of the strongest supplements of Child Protection. With Smile Foundation’s determined support, UTSAH has been able to upgrade the protection profile of more than 100 children living in the slum area of Hafiznagar No 2 in Guwahati city. Without the aid of Smile Foundation, all these many children, who are now going to school, would've been victims of child labour, child marriage or child abuse. This engagement with Smile has been a life changer for many children, who otherwise had no one to be cared about by.”