Deepalaya AXIS Bank Foundation Programme (DABFP)
Deepalaya, a premier NGO engaged in education of underprivileged children in Delhi since 1979, was selected in April 2007 by AXIS Bank Foundation, as one of the two Capacity Building Grantees for its programme of educating non school going children in India. The other privileged organization is CINI Asha in Kolkata. Deepalaya became the first choice of selection for AXIS Bank Foundation because of the success of its DRIP Programme that showed overwhelming results as against the set targets. Deepalaya was expected to facilitate identifying, enrolling, coaching and mainstreaming of 4,200 non school going children of 6 to 14 years, through building capacities of 6 non-governmental organizations which had to be identified and selected by Deepalaya in consultation with AXIS Bank Foundation. Through a systematic and transparent process, Deepalaya identified 18 NGOs, out of which 10 were selected for this programme instead of 6 as mentioned. These 10 NGOs are Manch “Tagire Garden, Janhit Society for Social Welfare “Azadpur, Bhartiya Navdeep Samiti Pitampura, Multi Vision Foundation “Swatantra Nagar, Paropkar Educational and Cultural Society “Karampura, WARUDA Uttam Nagar, Mar Thomas Social Action "Karol Bagh, ARADHYA “Khyala and Navjyoti Development Society" Okhla Industrial Area. One additional NGO, Mahila Jagriti Samiti at Bawana was also selected by Deepalaya as the 11th member as it was found deserving and had the potential to show results. Initially it was decided to build the capacity of 6 smaller NGOs but when Deepalaya was short listing from among the 18 applications, it found other 5 NGOs which had the merit to be included in DABFP. As a result the yearly targets for each NGO reduced from 700 to 500 (number of children to be mainstreamed in three years) for the 6 sub grantees and the number of 300 was set for 4 other sub grantees. The 11th NGO, Mahila Jagriti Samiti as a part of DABFP, is funded individually by Deepalaya. During the period from September 07 to October 07, Deepalaya organized 17 Capacity Building Programmes, which were attended by 900 personnel of these 10 sub-grantees. The different topics included in these training sessions were subject training, curriculum development, preparation of TLMs, designing lessons and class management etc. Workshops and seminars were also conducted by the resource people from Deepalaya to train 10 sub grantees in documentation, financial management, community mobilization, students tracking tool and HR practices etc. Experts on varied topics were also invited from Jamia Milia Islamia, NCERT, SCERT and DIET to impart knowledge and share skills with the sub grantees. Besides these, Deepalaya also plans to facilitate exposure visits for the staff of the DABFP partners, especially Programme Coordinators and Teachers. As a result of all these, the 10 sub-grantees together identified 8,836 (4,602 girls and 4,234 boys) out of school children from 42 locations in West Delhi, North West Delhi, South West Delhi and some other parts of Delhi. Out of total 8,836 identified, 2,054 have been enrolled in the 55 Non Formal Education Centers setup by 10 DABFP partner NGOs. The basic characteristics of these children are common in the sense that they are all first generation learners and belong to Below Poverty Line communities. After coaching these children, for 2 months to 6 months, the DABFP partners started admitting these children to recognized formal schools and they have mainstreamed a total of 600 children in formal schools, mostly schools run by the Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Senior Secondary and Sayvodaya Vidyalaya. Deepalaya and the 10 DABFP partners, after a series of meeting, evolved a uniform syllabus for 4 subjects (Hindi, English, Mathematics and EVS) for Levels I and II, on the pattern of the NCERT syllabus. The teachers have been following this syllabus in the BCLCs.