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Project Pitch By: The Ashoka Tree

 

Proposed Project Title


Bridging the Gap: Enhancing Early Childhood Education with Libraries in Anganwadis

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Education Programs

Project Synopsis

Early childhood is a critical stage of development that forms the foundation for children future wellbeing and learning. Development during prenatal to eight years is crucial, normally occurring at the appropriate time, but sometimes a child may face developmental delay. Identifying the children struggling with developmental delays (DDs) is vitally important and Anganwadi Workers (AWWs) are front line community health workers assigned to work at identifying the children with disabilities in the community. However, many communities, especially in rural areas, lack resources and awareness regarding the importance of early intervention. This initiative aims to set up our Athi-Sundar Library in anganwadis acrodd the country that work towards fostering creativity, imagination, and a love for learning among children. Along with this, we aim to conduct workshops and awareness programs for teachers, parents and other caregivers, focusing on enhancing early childhood development. If identified at an early stage, a number of developmental disorders can be prevented and a substantial portion of children can be suitably rehabilitated. Operating in over five states in India, The Ashoka Tree is committed to empowering young children and adolescents, and promoting early childhood education and development in marginalized societies. Equal rights to education and living remain our main mission, mobilizing community resources for unseen India to provide a solid educational foundation for the next generation. In partnerships with various stakeholders and extensive experience in the early childhood education sector, having already set up 15 libraries in Anganwadis across the country, The Ashoka Tree is well-equipped to continue this initiative.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 1.0 Cr - INR 5.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Himachal Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala

Key Project Partners
Government,Academic Institute,Companies

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): PWDs
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 1000 and above Families
Status of Baseline Survey: Under Process
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Project Objectives 

1. Establish libraries in Anganwadi centers equipped with age-appropriate books, educational toys, and learning materials -  implement a continuous early learning & reading program.

2. Conduct workshops focusing on best practices in child development, early literacy, and interactive learning techniques - for caregivers, including Anaganwadi teachers, parents and guardians.

3. Raise awareness in the community about the significance of early intervention in child development through awareness campaigns.

4. Empower Anganwadi teachers with the necessary resources and training to support early childhood development effectively and identify disabilities with appropriate resources for where children will be best helped in the event they show signs of the same.


Why Anganwadis? 

These centres cater to the health, nutritional, and educational needs of infants, preschool children, and women, making them the perfect venue for our project. As a conduit between the government and the masses, one cannot ask for a better gateway than the “Anganwadi” created as part of the Integrated Child Development Services program by the Ministry of Women and Child Development, Government of India.


Launched in 1975, the ICDS is one of the world's largest programs for early childhood development. Originally created to meet the health, nutritional and educational needs of infants, preschool children and women, the ICDS program is now also effective in the implementation of immunisation schemes and supplementary nutrition as well as playschool/daycare facilities for the economically weaker sections of society.

Anganwadi teachers, while serving as preschool teachers, also work towards the general well-being of the local community with everything from data on voting to ensuring every member of the locality has a valid ‘aadhar’ card. To elaborate, during the pandemic & ensuing lockdown, the anganwadi teacher was the person in charge of ensuring every family in the community had food and medication, with days when she even had to physically visit each household to deliver rice and grain.

As of 31st March 2015, 7072 projects and 13,46,186 AWCs are operational across 36 States/UTs, covering 1022.33 lakh beneficiaries under supplementary nutrition and 365.44 lakh 3-6 years children under pre-school component.

Locations 

Himachal Pradesh 

Tamil Nadu

Kerala

Maharashtra

Karnataka

Puducherry


Implementation Plan 

  1. Identify 100 suitable anganwadis in a state/district for library corners and source furniture, books, educational materials, toys and stationery, and  tailor to different age groups (0-6 years) and developmental stages.
  2. Develop workshop curriculum in collaboration with child development experts, covering topics such as early literacy, cognitive stimulation, and early intervention in childhood disabilities.
  3. Train Anganwadi workers to conduct workshops effectively for parents and guardians, ensuring cultural sensitivity and linguistic appropriateness.
  4. Raise awareness about the initiative through community meetings, posters, and social media campaigns, encouraging active participation and involvement.
  5. Support caregivers by helping them identify and access government services tailored for children with disabilities.
  6. Facilitate connection between caregivers and specialists once disabilities have been identified.
  7. Establish mechanisms for ongoing monitoring and evaluation to assess the impact of the initiative on child development outcomes and caregiver knowledge.

 

Addressing Essential Needs: Integrating Sustainable Solutions 

  

In our endeavor to renovate Anganwadis, it is imperative to address the fundamental needs of children and communities. Through the integration of sustainable solutions, we not only enhance the learning environment but also ensure the holistic well-being of all stakeholders involved.

 

Sustainability:

  • Develop a sustainable funding model through partnerships with local stakeholders, activities, and community contributions.
  • Empower community members to take ownership of the libraries and workshops, fostering a sense of responsibility and continuity.
  • Establish mechanisms for continuous feedback and improvement based on evolving community needs and emerging best practices in ECD.

 

 

 

 
 

Salient Features

  1. Library corner in every Anganwadi for children in that community.
  2. Educating parents and teachers in identifying disability in early life for better guidance.
  3. Bringing high quality early education to areas that don
 

About The Ashoka Tree

At The Ashoka Tree, we work towards bridging the gap between those of us who do 'have' so much to live comfortably and those who 'have not' enough to barely cover themselves with on a rainy day.
The Ashoka Tree is dedicated to creating a brighter future for children, women, and communities across India. Through our various initiatives, we provide essential resources, education, and support to those who need it most.

Early Childhood Education

Empowering Communities, One Child at a Time.
The Ashoka Tree is dedicated to transforming the lives of marginalized children in India through education, healthcare, and empowerment programs. ?With our focus on providing pre-school kits, nutrition support, and promoting equal rights for women and children, we are making a lasting impact on communities across the country. Join us in creating a brighter future for all.

Women Empowerment
At The Ashoka Tree, we believe that women's empowerment goes beyond physical health. Our workshops and initiatives focus on empowering women in all aspects of their lives, from mental and emotional well-being to financial independence.
Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those who are often unheard and unseen.
Empower Every Individual to Thrive
The Ashoka Tree is dedicated to providing rights and opportunities for individuals with disabilities, from children to adults.We believe that every person deserves the chance to thrive and reach their full potential. We are playing our part in creating a world where everyone has equal opportunities and can live their lives to the fullest.
 
 
 

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