Community-based formal and non-formal education programs, service provision, and family engagement to ensure that children can access their right to education.
“Education is, quite simply, peace-building by another name. It is the most effective form of defence spending there is.”
– Kofi Annan
Children may face multiple obstacles to accessing education including child labour, gender discrimination, conflict, language challenges, barriers related to disability, and household poverty. School attendance is lower in slums and children from poor urban neighbourhoods are among the least likely to attend school. In India and Bangladesh, around 20% of students do not make the transition from primary to secondary education.
There are an estimated 17.8 million out-of-school children in India and around 20% of students do not make the transition from primary to secondary education (UNICEF).
47.78% of India’s out-of-school children are girls.
An estimated 41% of out-of-school children in urban India will never enter a school during their childhood (UNESCO).
The Vision Rescue Community Intervention Program aims to engage and sustain children in education, which has the potential to prevent exploitation and transform not only individual lives but generations.
In target slum communities, a range of education programs are facilitated, catering to the needs of various groups of children. This includes both mobile and centre-based bridging education, pre-school and an Open Basic Education curriculum comparative to the national school curriculum. Children are fed a nutritious meal and receive dental and medical checks every year.
Vision Rescue Case Workers visit and work with families to identify and address obstacles to children accessing formal education. Medical, dental, vocational skills training and counselling services are made available when needed. Parent meetings are facilitated, special community events are held, and relationships are developed with local leaders to harness community support. This holistic approach allows Vision Rescue to not only get children into school but ensure that they don't drop out again.
Just $7.36 per month can provide a child with bridging education.
Chandani’s family dropped out of school around the age of 14 and her family prioritised marriage over completing an education. Vision Rescue worked with the family and Chandani is now on her way towards completing exams that will enable her to be enrolled in the local school.
Pray for children and their families to overcome obstacles to education.
Pray for teachers and service providers to provide quality education.
Pray for hope and effective solutions to bring about a brighter future for children and families in poverty.
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If you are part of a local church, please be mindful of your local church’s vision and be sure to graciously submit and share your heart with those in leadership in your life. We believe these Sisterhood projects should be seen as an ‘above and beyond’ endeavour that has the capacity to reach out and build bridges into our unchurched communities and ultimately be a blessing.
Also, please note that if the funding limit for your chosen project is reached, funds will be distributed to another Sisterhood project.
Vision Rescue’s mission is to engage and sustain children in education in order to prevent exploitation and create change in the next generation. Vision Rescue was founded in 2004 in response to seeing the needs of Mumbai’s street children. Vision Rescue began a non-formal Education Bus Program and expanded their work to include various formal and non-formal education programs, as well as dental and medical services, and skills training for income-generation.
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