The goal for United Way Bengaluru will be to ensure school readiness through holistic development among children under six.
- Targeted beneficiaries: A total of 1000 children in the age group of 0 – 6 years.
- Geographical location: Urban neighborhoods of the centres.
The program will have the following objectives :
- Enhance early learning abilities, including fine and gross motor skills, among children.
- Engage with mothers to spread awareness about health and hygiene among children.
- Provide a conducive environment for children for early learning.
United Way Bengaluru will implement this Program in the community by forming a Consortium of the following stake holders:
- Children aged 3-6 years – Typically the Anganwadi serves the populace from the lower socio-economic strata for, whom often the ICDS is the only affordable and accessible option. These centres are generally also the feeder to the Government school (again, free and state sponsored).
- Parents or primary care – takers of children below 6 years of age- Generally the profile of these parents are of casual labour, low education levels and the attendant socio-economic profile. The ICDS scheme is also often a provider of a solid mid-day meal for their children.
- Bal Vikas Samiti / Anganwadi Vikas Samiti – is a committee of Community representatives who are expected to monitor and support the community Anganwadi Centre. This committee includes local elected representatives and parents along with the staff of the centre.
- Volunteers – United Way will mobilize local volunteers and corporate volunteers.
- Government Agencies – to engage them closely in the implementation of the program and seek their intervention as and when required. Share with the progress of the program.
- Corporate Partners – Engage the corporate India through Corporate Social Responsibility contribution, volunteers and best practices to deliver the program of high quality.
ABOUT SCHOOL READINESS CENTERS
This is a child-care and mother-care centre that caters to children in the 0-6 age group. It aims to:
- Improve the nutritional and health status of children in the age-group of 0-6.
- Lay the foundation for proper psychological, physical and social development of the child.
- Reduce the incidence of mortality, morbidity, malnutrition and school dropout.
- Achieve effective co-ordination of policy and implementation amongst the various departments to promote child development.
- Enhance the capability of the mother to look after the normal health and nutritional needs of the child through proper nutrition and health education.
UWBe’s team does incredible work in the areas of early childhood development and environmental restoration. Volunteering at MakkalaHabba, an annual event that is part of UWBe’s Born Learning Initiative, was an eye- opening experience that allowed me to interact with Bangalore’s youth. Coinciding with children’s day, the event saw thousands of youth come to Cubbon Park to play traditional/ethnic games, set up by UWBe, designed to educate youth on Indian culture and heritage.
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GLOBAL GIVING SUPPORT
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