Deepalaya Extended Education Programme (Annual Report 2009-10)

A learning centre under DEEP

Deepalaya Extended Education Programme

DEEP draws its name from the fact that it is an extension of the original Deepalaya-HSBC Integrated Education Programme running at Patparganj which phased out in 2007. However, it found another supporter in the Education Trust, USA, which continued supporting the programme. The Programme runs at two locations, Patparganj and Kalyanpuri in East Delhi.

DEEP aimed at one; identifying, coaching and mainstreaming children of school-going age in Government schools; and two; providing Remedial Education to children mainstreamed from the Bridge Course Learning Centres (BCLCs), at both the locations.

Karishma - creating magic

Twelve years old Karishma and her family are residents of Bismil Camp near Patparganj, East Delhi. Their living conditions were pathetic and the family did not have a secure source of livelihood. Karishma supplemented the family income by working as a domestic help in the neighboring areas.

In April 2009, the DEEP bridge course centre was set up very close to Karishma’s home. She was often a curious onlooker, hanging on the railings outside the centre. The teachers befriended her, and could make out her interest to study. When approached, Karishma’s parents refused to send her to School. Continuous home visits, sharing success stories of other children in the vicinity... somehow paid dividends and Karishma started coming to class. She also took part in the Children’s Commonwealth Games organized in early 2010

When Karishma was asked what she will do after completion of her education, she replied “Because of my teacher I am able to come to school, I have never got
such encouragement from anyone else. I too want to be a teacher and teach the children



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