STAG (Skill Targetted Academic Growth)

STAG (Skill Targetted Academic Growth) Mainstreaming the Dropout Children to School

Mainstreaming Centre, Serampore, Hooghly
Supported by: Indienhilfe e.V. Germany

- Conducted home visits to motivate parents to send their children to school regularly
- Home survey helped to identify, screen and admit dropout children into our mainstreaming centre
- Employed STAG & Joyful learning methods to help the children academically
- Encouraged children to open-up and realize their full potential through various co-curricular activities like songs, dance, recitation, skits, art and meeting visitors
- Outdoor visits to local places and social fairs helped children to relax and also expand their knowledge of the local surroundings
- Fun-time spent in the kitchen garden, helped children to develop green fingers and appreciate nature for its gifts
- International Child Development Programme (ICDP) meetings conducted monthly to share progress of the child with his/her ward
- Regular communication with donors helped in the smooth running of the mainstreaming centre
- Rescued two girls and four boys from child labour and admitted them in the one-year STAG course

Four children Sandhya, Deb Kumar, Supriya and Mamoni Munda belong to poor parents who work in Kerala as labourers. Since these children do not have any other person to look after them at home, they were also taken to Kerala by their parents. These young children between the ages of six to ten years were put to work too in order to supplement the family income. They did domestic work like cleaning the floor, baby sitting and carrying drinking water from door to door.

During one of their visits back to their native place, a Child Rights Worker (CRW) caught up with the families of these children. The worker understood the role of these four children and realized that education was not on their daily agenda. She wasted no time to motivate the parents to send their children to the mainstreaming centre, pointing out that the children would be educated.

The CRW worker also assured the parents that the children would also be looked after while they are out on work. The parents considered this good for the welfare of their children and agreed to admit them. As the four children were admitted recently, their academic growth is unpredictable, but one cannot help noticing the shine in their eyes! They are happy to be a part of the mainstreaming centre and learn.

Palbari, Medinipur
Supported by: Stichting Actie Calcutta (SAC)

- CDP meetings organized with parents and teachers every month to give a feedback on child's progress and help develop a healthy child-guardian rapport for all round development of their ward.
- Organized visits to school in Nilpada, Kotapada, Mohorpun, Kajipara Bencha and Kesharmda to seek evaluation from the headmistress and teachers about the mainstreamed children.
- STAG methodology and Joyful learning methods worked very well to restore children's self confidence and willingness to know and learn the skills.
- Exposure visits conducted to widen the knowledge of these children
- Helped children to open up and realize their full potential through cocurricular activities like songs, dance, recitation and meeting visitors
- Well established rapport between parents and management has been a very positive factor to run the centre very effectively.

Sefali Murmu belongs to Biacha village in West Medinipur. Her parents work in the fields. She left her studies when she was in the third standard. Now she helps her parents in looking after the household work. Whenever she finds time, she polishes her dancing and singing skills too.

She is 11 years old now. After she joined the Stag in Palbari, she went back to her home and got herself admitted in fourth standard at the school in her village. She goes to school regularly and also motivates other children to do the same. She is loved and admired as a good girl by all the teachers of her school.