Anandadhara is an educational resource center aimed at helping underprivileged children in difficult circumstances in urban settings gain access to education from pre-primary to Std. 10. It ensures effective learning and helps children with personal and career development, along with social accountability.
The center functions as an educational resource and support for school-going children of urban slum communities to prevent dropouts and to ensure a participatory platform for children. It provides remedial coaching support for the students, computer education, and library facilities, and also developed a children's association for those who think and work on different social aspects of their community.
The program caters to dropouts and child laborers between 14 and 18 years old from poor, urban communities to develop them into skilled and productive young adults. The center enrolls them in open school education and provides coaching support for their open school learning through teaching spoken English, math, and other core subjects. It trains them in vocational training courses along with open school learning and is linked with the government-supported low-cost vocational courses. The organization is also affiliated with the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT).Anandadhara provides a package of replicable practices of creating a learning environment, a child-centered and value-based education, and skills education where the children are primarily guided to overcome their difficulties.
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CEI approaches in actionStudent supportOut-of-School ChildrenEthics & Values/ReligionMath/numeracyEnglish languageScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Information and Communications Technology (ICT)Art & Music
Model details2002Not-for-profitComprehensive curriculumEntrepreneurship skillsVocational/technical skillsEthics & Values/ReligionMath/numeracyEnglish languageScience & engineering21st century skills (soft skills)Information and Communications Technology (ICT)Art & MusicActiveLong-term project4,00043%57%
BeneficiariesDisplaced individualsLinguistic minoritiesOut-of-school childrenOrphans and vulnerable children
The program utilizes volunteer-based action research to identify and target the poor.
Scale4,000 students have benefited from the center.2525 teachers are currently engaged in the program.66 centers are currently functional.September, 2014
- Anandadhara pre-primary and primary school were started in the year 2002.
- Anandadhara Karigori Shiksha Kendra started in 2006.
- The outreach center of Anandadhara opened in four slum areas in 2007.
- Anandadhara educational resource center began functioning in 2007.
- Children's platform, library, and back-up support began in 2008.
- Fifth outreach center opened in 2009.
- Student Council of Anandadhara around Anandadhara Karigori Shiksha Kendra developed in 2013.
- Preparing a monitoring and evaluation strategy
- Preparing for an external evaluation
- Preparing a plan for replication of the program
- Expanding in 10 outreach areas
Monitoring & EvaluationNo
The program is preparing a monitoring and evaluation strategy through workshops with the help of external agencies for external evaluation.Ability to reach the poorGraduation or promotion ratesEmployment ratesStudent attendanceStudent retentionIncreased enrollmentCost effectiveness/value for moneyNo
Parents of the children have understood the importance of quality education. The program has, to a certain degree, decreased the amount of school dropouts and child labor.