It is estimated that more than 400,000 street children in India exist. FSL – India like many other NGOs and local initiatives in India, work for the welfare of these children often termed as “working children”. The focus is to take these children away from the streets and from their working place in order to give them a chance to live a decent and accepted standard of life.
The effort is to try and place as many of these children in centres, boarding schools and day- care shelters etc. and help them return to the regular schooling system, where they are provided vocational education and training skills that would help them find a decent job in the future and keep them away from exploitation.
Much of the development work these projects is based on education known also as “alternative education”. Therefore, the volunteers will be required to teach in most of the projects where they work with street children. Hence, an interest in teaching and love for children is of utmost importance to the project. Other work activities will involve supporting the staff in the daily activities of the schools.
A creative approach to work and dealing with the children will be useful and you will have the opportunity to initiate new mini projects or activities. You need to have a flexible approach to work with children and be prepared to undertake a variety of tasks.
In some cases the volunteer will be required to go amidst the “tent community” comprised of families of migrant labourers, to raise awareness of the teaching program and to motivate parents to enrol their children in schools. If you have a lot of ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to children, then this type of project is best suited for you!
The Info-sheet will have more information regarding the individual projects with schedules, and activities.
Note: Minimum application for Street Children Teaching is for three to six months.