The Kadam project in India
Kadam means Step-Up and it gives children who dropped out of school another chance. Too many children drop out of school, especially in the third world. Once out of school, they fall behind and have few possibilities to get an education. And we all know that education is the key to…. almost everything. The Kadam projects are run by Humana People to People in India, and if you join a team that is India bound, you may well get the chance to work there.
Reclaiming childhood through the gift of education
The innovative Kadam (Step-Up) Programme works to get out-of-school-children back into the school system again, by providing holistic academic support to them. The aim is for the children to catch up and attain age-appropriate learning levels. Once that has been achieved, they can re-join the formal school system.
The Kadam Centres provide a mix of academic learning and skill-based experiences. Furthermore, children are surrounded by supportive teachers who focus on each individual child. Thematic learning is carried out every month to develop the social, emotional and life skills of the children. The idea is that the children progress step by step at their own pace.
When a child reaches a learning level appropriate to their age, they go back to the formal schooling system after an end-line test. Sometimes a child is ready to go back after a few months at the Kadam centre, sometimes it will take longer.
Thousands of children are back in school
In 2017 – 2018, nearly 22,000 out-of-school-children were supported so they could go back to formal schools. In the state of Haryana, Humana People to People India runs 739 Kadam Centres spread across 20 districts. Apart from Haryana, the Kadam programme is also running successfully in the states of Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
What the Kadam students say
“Initially, I was not confident about going to a classroom at all. I was not sure how the other children would treat me. But, after coming to the Kadam Centre, I found other children to be just like me.
They were all very welcoming, and from the very first day, the tutor madam kept us engaged through many different games. At the Kadam Centre, the classes are conducted through different activities. All the students are divided into groups of three called ‘trios’, and they help each other during these activities.
This method of learning with my classmates and my tutor’s enthusiasm has given me a lot of confidence.” says Rani, who is 12 years old and a Kadam student in Haryana.
The role of Take 10 Volunteers
As a Take 10 Volunteer you can work at one of these “Step-Up” centres. Together with local teachers and other staff, you will help out-of-school children back into a life of education again.
Depending on your skills and experience you will teach for example English or sports or lead creative activities or practical actions.
How can I become a Take 10 volunteer?
In order to enrol in the 10-month volunteer programme, you need to meet the following requirements:
- You are 18 years old or older.
- You are ready to leave your home for 10 months to volunteer in a community environment 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- You have decided not to drink alcohol or take drugs for the entirety of the program.
- You are eager to experience a multidisciplinary and collective training programme, which includes theoretical and practical activities.
- You are ready to immerse yourself in a multicultural and diverse community.
- You are ready to volunteer where you are most needed.
- You look forward to engaging with the Humana People to People projects in a spirit of cooperation, mutual learning and respect.
- You are committed to learn about people, cultures, values and traditions, and to share your knowledge and stories with the public after your travels.
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