Magic Bus Integrated Education Program for Adolescents- CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  19/08/2019

 

Project Pitch By: Magic Bus India Foundation

 

Proposed Project Title


Magic Bus Integrated Education Program for Adolescents

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Education Programs

Project Synopsis

Project aims to ensure first generation adolescent learners complete their formal education with high levels of life and employability skills. It comprises of the following unique modules , 1) Life Skills Education 2) Work Readiness 3) Academic Support through community learning centres 4) Community Connect
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Mumbai, Bangalore, Noida

Key Project Partners
Government,Gram Panchayat,Companies

Project Status
Already Implemented-Replicable
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Adolescent
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Yet To Be Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

 

As 253 million adolescents in our country cross the threshold from childhood into livelihood, it is estimated that only one third of them will have a higher secondary qualification. Of these, only two in five will have the soft skills necessary for employment.
For girls and women this challenge is compounded by gender norms that restrict their participation in public spaces, especially after they attain puberty and are also manifest in the continued high number of early marriages and teen pregnancies.
Magic Bus has been working for the last 20 years to address these challenges. The first module-Life Skills education covers core skills recognized by the World Bank as being foundational to move out of poverty – Self-Efficacy, Resilience and Aspiration. An activity based curriculum is used to engage the adolescents in the schools during the Physical Education period and are closely mentored by trained staff.
Basis these skills, the curriculum works in later years, to develop the four core employability skills that are seen as critical for the 21st century viz. Problem Solving, Communication, Team Work and Learning to Learn as part of the Work Readiness Module. The module also develops career awareness, financial literacy and sexual and reproductive health.
Being first generation learners, adolescents often do not have support for learning at home or even a learning environment. In order to support them with academics, Community Learning Centres are set up to provide learning spaces, outside of school as part of the Academic Support module. Peer learning practices followed at the centre works as a very effective tool for creating confidence amongst children in learning spaces as the learners are supported by their peers. Learning by doing is encouraged through use of frugal teaching learning material to simplify language, numeracy and science concepts in a non-threatening and inclusive environment. The objective is to build interest in learning by making it a joyful and engaging process.
Lastly, to enable real change in the lives of adolescents, it is imperative that we engage with each of the contexts, building them up as supportive systems in which development is facilitated. Through the Community connect module, Magic Bus mobilizes community stakeholders to contribute proactively for improving access and quality of education. The programme focuses on strategic engagement with parents, guardians, School Management Committees,  Teachers, Head Masters and Education authorities with a view to make them more aware of their roles and responsibilities, more sensitive to the needs of children and more responsible towards creating an enabling and supportive environment for education
The proposed project will be implemented across Government schools in mutually selected locations and will reach out to adolescents from Grade 6th to Grade 10th.
Census 2011. Adolescents are defined as those aged 10-19
Secondary Education Flash Statistics 2014-15 DISE.
India Skills Report 2016, p. 21. 5.2 lakh students whose scores were assessed took the Wheebox Employability Skill Test. Those who score above 60% are considered employable. Students are assessed on numerical ability, linguistic skills, learning agility, interpersonal skills and adaptability and other skills.
Parsons, J., Edmeades, J., Kes, A., Petroni, S., Sexton, M., & Wodon, Q. (2015) Economic impacts of child marriage: A review of the literature. The Review of Faith & International Affairs, 13(3), 12-22
Enhancing youth employability: What?  Why? and How? Guide to core work skills / Laura Brewer ; International Labour Office, Skills and Employability Department. - Geneva: ILO, 2013.

As 253 million adolescents in our country cross the threshold from childhood into livelihood, it is estimated that only one third of them will have a higher secondary qualification. Of these, only two in five will have the soft skills necessary for employment.For girls and women this challenge is compounded by gender norms that restrict their participation in public spaces, especially after they attain puberty and are also manifest in the continued high number of early marriages and teen pregnancies.Magic Bus has been working for the last 20 years to address these challenges. The first module-Life Skills education covers core skills recognized by the World Bank as being foundational to move out of poverty – Self-Efficacy, Resilience and Aspiration. An activity based curriculum is used to engage the adolescents in the schools during the Physical Education period and are closely mentored by trained staff.Basis these skills, the curriculum works in later years, to develop the four core employability skills that are seen as critical for the 21st century viz. Problem Solving, Communication, Team Work and Learning to Learn as part of the Work Readiness Module. The module also develops career awareness, financial literacy and sexual and reproductive health.Being first generation learners, adolescents often do not have support for learning at home or even a learning environment. In order to support them with academics, Community Learning Centres are set up to provide learning spaces, outside of school as part of the Academic Support module. Peer learning practices followed at the centre works as a very effective tool for creating confidence amongst children in learning spaces as the learners are supported by their peers. Learning by doing is encouraged through use of frugal teaching learning material to simplify language, numeracy and science concepts in a non-threatening and inclusive environment. The objective is to build interest in learning by making it a joyful and engaging process.Lastly, to enable real change in the lives of adolescents, it is imperative that we engage with each of the contexts, building them up as supportive systems in which development is facilitated. Through the Community connect module, Magic Bus mobilizes community stakeholders to contribute proactively for improving access and quality of education. The programme focuses on strategic engagement with parents, guardians, School Management Committees,  Teachers, Head Masters and Education authorities with a view to make them more aware of their roles and responsibilities, more sensitive to the needs of children and more responsible towards creating an enabling and supportive environment for educationThe proposed project will be implemented across Government schools in mutually selected locations and will reach out to adolescents from Grade 6th to Grade 10th.

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Census 2011. Adolescents are defined as those aged 10-19Secondary Education Flash Statistics 2014-15 DISE.India Skills Report 2016, p. 21. 5.2 lakh students whose scores were assessed took the Wheebox Employability Skill Test. Those who score above 60% are considered employable. Students are assessed on numerical ability, linguistic skills, learning agility, interpersonal skills and adaptability and other skills.Parsons, J., Edmeades, J., Kes, A., Petroni, S., Sexton, M., & Wodon, Q. (2015) Economic impacts of child marriage: A review of the literature. The Review of Faith & International Affairs, 13(3), 12-22Enhancing youth employability: What?  Why? and How? Guide to core work skills / Laura Brewer ; International Labour Office, Skills and Employability Department. - Geneva: ILO, 2013.

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Innovation of the approach lies in the fact that it commits to adolescents through the journey from childhood to livelihood
  2. The solution is tailored to different stages in this journey, bringing the skills focus into education and making it more relevant for the future
  3. Thirdly the focus is on capacitating ecosystems to work as pressure groups to ensure all children are in school
 

About Magic Bus India Foundation

Magic Bus works with children and young people living in poverty in India. Through our Childhood-to-Livelihood approach, we equip young people with skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty. Children on the programme complete schooling, and go on to enroll in vocational institutes or colleges. They successfully fend off destabilizers such as child marriage and child labour and become first-generation “salary earners”. We work with support structures: parents, community, and local institutions, to ensure results in social, emotional, and economic well-being for all young people living in that area. Our Community Connect approach mobilizes the entire ecosystem available to the child or youth to create transformational change in their lives.

 
 

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