The GBGBA’s Children Learning Center (CLC) at Sanjay Nagar, Deonar celebrated International Child Rights Day on 20th November, 2018 with a painting competition. Nearly 90 children from slums near Deonar dumping ground participated.
Sonali Shirke from GBGBA spoke to the children about the importance of child rights and demerits of Child labour, the Right to live, Right to develop, Right to protection, Right to participate, the Right to Play, the Right to Health care, the Right to Drinking Water and the Right to Education.
Slum Children living around the Deonar Dumping Ground experience exploitation the violation of their fundamental rights on a daily basis, without even being aware of their rights, and struggle daily for food, clothing, shelter, water, electricity and education. GBGBA has started a Children Learning Centre in Sanjay Nagar, Deonar, to help this vulnerable community. The centre, which opened in June 2018, has achieved an increase in the number of students attending their class, and has been working on enhancing their self-esteem and learning capacity. Children who had never experienced education are now able to read and write in Hindi and English.
Children who were previously attending public schools but poor in academics are now learning the basics of Mathematics, Science and languages in the learning centre. We are planning to have fun learning classes, sports and other extracurricular activities in future.