Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD)  |   Education  |  Child Protection and Participation

ECCD is a multi-sector approach that focuses on the early years in a child’s life and lays the foundation for learning and achieving in school. The goal of ECCD is to ensure that children from birth to 6 years reach school age healthy and well nourished, intellectually curious, socially confident and equipped with a solid foundation for lifelong learning.

PRIDE India’s approach to the ECCD programme is child friendly, family focused and community based. It consists of a two dimensional approach which focuses on improving the physical and mental well-being of the child.

  • Home Based Intervention
  • Centre based Intervention

The overall goal of project’s ECCD programmes is enhancing the family and community or neighborhood environment in which young children develop; this is necessary to reduce the vulnerability of young children, especially those living in deprivation, and improving the care and developmental support that they receive. This can be best accomplished by preventing problems and enhancing children’s resilience as well as the acquisition of skills through responsive care-giving, setting developmentally appropriate expectations, and providing stimulation to help them achieve their potential in all areas of development.

PRIDE has also been providing long-term support to the Government-run Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). It assists in building the capacity of the teachers and enhancing the learning environment of the children by promoting creative educational materials, and organizing medical camps thus providing an enabling environment for the children to grow. With the objective of providing a practical experience PRIDE has set up its own balwadis, as a model centre which implements the best practices of ECCD. At the Balwadis or pre-school centers, children are taught language and mathematics through various activities aimed at enhancing their creativity and talent. Regular meetings and trainings are held for all caregivers or people who play a crucial and formative role in the early years of a child’s life

With over 30 years of experience in the early childhood care, the organization with its demonstrated pedagogy,reached out to a larger number of children by training the NGO partners trainers and strengthening the anganwadi’s across 6 blocks of Raigad district by training the anganwadi workers and village level volunteers. We plan to develop PRIDE as a resource agency in sharing the pedagogy with many more people and thus reach out to larger geography.

3323 children benefited from the 53 libraries initiated by our team in primary schools in the village.

Education and the importance of pursuing post-secondary education are vital to the development of our children. In this regard, PRIDE. proactively supplements the activities of the government through ‘Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan’ for the universalisation of Primary and Elementary Education.

Children living in rural areas often drop out of the schools because of various social factors, one of them being unfavourable environment to study at home. For the same, a School based Quality Improvement Programme (SQUIP) and Reading Improvement Programme (RIP) were introduced, for children from 6-14 years, to ensure that there is a conducive after-school environment for students to do their homework and practice what they have learnt at school.

The Study Centres, which cater to 6-14 years help us further our goal to promote an interactive and all rounded learning atmosphere. At present we have 12 study centers located in 12 villages across Raigad.

The RIP or Reading Improvement Programme is one of our key programmes across our study centres aimed to inculcate the habit of reading among the children. In 2015-16, 53 libraries were set up in zilla parishad schools. The RIP programme motivates the teachers to set aside separate time for reading activities and encourages children to read books apart from their curriculum.

We believe, for a child to grow into a healthy adult s/he needs a well-rounded programmeme encompassing emotional, physical, relational, intellectual and creative components. Bearing this in mind, the Child Resource Centre provides our children the opportunity to engage themselves in arts, sports and music giving back the right to enjoy their childhood. The CRC act as a knowledge hub for the local children and provide them with information and knowledge on a range of topics of their interest and relevance including children’s issues and rights and update them in those subjects regularly. The CRC is also used as a platform for the children clubs to congregate and conduct their plans/programmes/events at larger level. Equipped with musical instruments, sports equipment, library and computers, this centre is open to all children every weekend.

Facts About Child Protection and Participation

Though children and youth form the majority of the population in the communities in which they live, they have traditionally been excluded from decision-making. At PRIDE, the role of children and youth is focused more intensively and they are being looked upon as change agents, who are active contributors to the well being and development of the family as well as the community. It implements programme in a way that increases the role of children, youth and parents by ensuring that they are the primary protagonists in programme implementation.

Child protection and well-being consists of reducing risks of violation of child rights, making children’s rights a reality, and creating an enabling environment that supports children’s positive development. In this regard, PRIDE. has initiated a children’s club in all its villages, to strengthen the activities of child protection and increase child participation. PRIDE conducts regular trainings of stakeholders on child protection guidelines and the violation of child rights. Those children who are at risk or who have been victims of child abuse/exploitation are referred for counseling.
PRIDE has also succeeded in creating children and youth federations at various levels and ensuring their representation in the decision making process in all its community development programmes.

MUKTASHALA

Migration presents both opportunities and challenges for communities and children in particular. Muktashala initiated in 1995 in Kothurde village is an attempt to support children whose parents migrate to urban areas in search of work. It ensures that the child has a safe place to stay so that they are able to continue their formal schooling while the parents are at work. The well-equipped residential facility provides all the essential services such as nutrition, healthcare, recreation and after school support. The goal is to minimize the dropout rate of these children in school by providing a safe place which ensures their overall development and growth. Children from Muktashala are also encouraged to participate in village level programmes such as cleanliness drives, tree plantation and hygiene promotion programmes.