Yashoda Foundation is planning to set up two Non-Residential Bridge Camps (NRBC) centers in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy District, in collaboration with local community support as part of community involvement. The NRBCs would like to focus on children in the 6-14 years age group who will go through a basic bridge course in academics (Math, English and Telugu) and it will also engage them in extra-curricular activities.
The remedial education at the Non-Residential camps will attempt to bridge the gap between children's learning levels and their age, and maintain the educational levels of fresh dropouts. Teaching/learning material, nutritious food, drinking water and health check-ups will be provided at these camps, which will facilitate children’s mainstreaming by motivating them and enrolling them in social welfare hostels and nearby schools.
Youth Learning Centre:
Yashoda Foundation is trying to motivate young adults who are forced to drop out of the school system due to various reasons and are left with very few opportunities for further education. In order to equip them with skills relevant to their needs and aspirations, Yashoda Foundation is planning to establish Youth Learning Centers (YLC) in Hyderabad. These centers serve as a platform for the youth to identify their potential, build capacities and enable them to become self-reliant and responsible citizens. The integrated learning process includes regular academics, soft skills, career guidance and computer education. Catering to the 13-18 years age group(including adolescent dropouts, never-been-to-school adolescents, child labor and adolescent girls working as domestic help), these centers run bridge courses to mainstream them in age-appropriate classes, and also prepare 15+ age group children for the Class X (SSC) Board exam. Never-been-to-school adolescents are put through a Foundation Course that focuses on building their basics in Language Skills, Math, English, Computer Skills, Environmental Sciences, Health Education and Life Skills. Girls employed as domestic help in particular, are helped to appear in examination through the 'ANDHRA PRADESH OPEN SCHOOL SOCIETY’ (for more information please refer to http://www.apopenschool.org/index.html).
Awareness on HIV/AIDS
Under the health domain, the Foundation is planning to start awareness programs on reproductive health and prevention of HIV/AIDS for children from 7th to 10th class in school, out of school adolescents, youth and adults. It is also planning to bring awareness in communities and schools on key hygiene practices, train adolescent groups to educate their peers on HIV/AIDS.
Yashoda Foundation believes that if needed infrastructure is provided to downtrodden students, they can excel in this competitive world. To put this thought in practice, Yashoda Foundation has donated computers to ZPHS School at Renikunta, Rajapet Mandal, Nalgonda Dist.
School Head master, teachers and students were very much excited and happy to have this new facility at their school. Parents & villagers have also participated in the event and have welcomed the initiative of Yashoda Foundation and have expressed their happiness.
The idea of providing computer education to Renikunta Village students was first of its kind which was appreciated by all sections of community.