Our Journey Through 50 years

Bridge Course

As per the RTE Act 2009 a Bridge courses for drop-out or irregular children in schools is held. Due to intense campaign of Sarva Siksha Mission admission in schools has picked up and very few children are left behind in the community who are out-of-school. However the problem lies in irregular attendance in schools and inability of the children to keep pace with the class-room teaching. There is a high degree of irregular attendance and low retention amongst the children who are marginalised. To address this issue, the Learning Centres are admitting children who are irregular in schools and are running Bridge Courses and Remedial teaching to facilitate their admission and ensuring regular attendance in the formal schools.

IPER Developed & Published

  • ‘Identification of minimum learning skills for different grades &  suitable pocket boards
  • Primers – Class I – IV
  • ‘Teaching & Learning Materials on Government prescribed Bengali Text Books’ supported by UNICEF
  •  Learning materials for primary grades on
    • Language
    • Mathematics
    • Science
  • Learning Boards for SCHOOL-ON-WHEELS
  • Training Manual for Teachers for English & Bengali language supported by USAID-Reach-India
  • Materials for Culture & Value Education & Training of Teachers and Value Cards
  • supported by Ministry of HRD
  • Audio & Visual  CD on Value Education
  • Manual for Parents’ Education Programme’ supported by UNICEF

Capacity Building

Some programmes held are

  • Training by ‘Mindspecs’ on Lesson Planning its pedagogy and application
  • Training on Activity based teaching
  • Orientation Meeting of Head Teachers on Access, Promotion and Quality of Education
  • A series of Training of Formal School Teachers on quality education
  • Residential Capacity Building Programme for Teachers of IPER Community Learning Centre
  • Hands-on Training with formal school teachers
  • Traumatised Children for Teachers, Parents and Care-givers

Training Sessions / Workshops held

  • 1994 – Workshop on the Rights of the Child The main objective of the workshop was to assess the status of implementation of the CRC in West Bengal and formulate recommendations for future action.
  • 1997 – Advocacy Among Police and Law Enforcers Organised jointly by ChildHope Asia of Philippines and IPER, the focus was on the role of the police and law enforcers with regard to street children who, commonly seen as unwanted elements by the police.
  • 2000 – Development of Curricular Materials for Street Children Training on how to develop suitable curriculum was given. Materials for two classes were developed and tried out on suitably selected sample groups.
  • 2000 – 2002 Interactive Training Programme for Parents, Teachers and Care-givers to deal with Traumatised Children Training was imparted to Parents, Teachers and Care-givers to equip them with effective ways of handling negative situations with children
  • 2004 Child Participation in Development – a programme focusing on children’s participation in developmental activities
  • 2004 – Eastern Zonal Organisation on ‘Adoption work with CARA’
  • 2006 – Capacity building for Teachers & Quality Management Team
  • 2007 – Orientation KMC medical officers; International Day against Drug Abuse & Illicit Trafficking; Woman against Abuse & Exploitation
  • 2008 – Mapping of Medicinal Plants; Coalition for Tobacco Free Kolkata
  • 2009 – Enhancing Life Skills with Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development
  • 2010 – ‘Community Development through Participation and Awareness’
  • 2011 – Capacity Building ‘Integrated Child Protection Scheme’
  • 2012 – ‘Active Citizen Workshop’ with youth groups
  • 2013 – Child Protection and Self-defence
  • 2014 – Awareness on Cancer
  • ‘Reaching the Unreached through the RTE Act 2009’
  • Producers without borders’ on Film Shooting and Editing
  • 2015 – ‘Job Readiness’ and ‘Computer Literacy’ with TATA Teleservices Limited ICPS & Child Abuse

Bishnupur Shishu Panchayat

An experiment on the assertion of children’s rights by the children themselves., it was the first ever‘ Shishu Panchayat’ in India.

Children’s Borough Council

As an extension of the plan to ensure children’s participation as a right, a programme on Children’s Borough Council was held which ensured that children cooperated with their adult counterparts in the Kolkata Municipal Corporation take up city improvement work.

Awareness on the UN Convention on The Rights of the Child (CRC)

IPER conducted an intensive awareness programme for school children both formal and non-formal in 35 schools of Kolkata. More than 1000 children were made aware of their rights.

Conferences, and Seminars

IPER organises both national and international Conferences, Seminars, on different issues like Child abuse and neglect, Rights of the Child, Child Development, drug addiction etc. Some of the conferences held:

  • 1991 – First Asian Conference on Child Exploitation & Neglect Child exploitation and abuse is a global phenomena. This conference looked at the state of children and their exploitation all over the world and possible ways that could be taken to halt this grave injustice to children.
  • 1994 – Fourth Asian Conference on Child Exploitation & Neglect The conference brought into sharper focus issues relating to child exploitation and abuse and tried to create awareness in the society against child abuse.
  • 1999- Inte4rnational Conference on Children 2000 A.D.

P.G. Diploma in Social Work and Management [Kalyani University]

IPER has been running a one-year diploma course on social work and management with the affiliation from the University of Kalyani since 2001. The course has received appreciation and acceptance amongst the voluntary sector.

Past Projects with empowerment / vocational training as a focus area

Progressive Empowerment Programme for Young Women in Difficulties

Funded by NIWANO Peace Foundation of Japan the project started in 2005. Focus was on bringing about an improvement in the lives of disadvantaged women and empowerment of women through:

  • capacity building,
  • legal awareness and literacy,
  • income generation skills,
  • training sessions on marketing skills,
  • formation of self-help groups.

 

Past projects with community work

Community Development Through Participation & Awareness — Kolkata Urban Services For The Poor (KUSP) Programme

The project aimed to conduct a pilot programme on development through education, awareness and empowerment of children and women in Maheshtala Municipality especially in the minority community.

KEIP –Kolkata Environment Improvement Project (Kolkata Municipal Corp

IPER worked with the Kolkata Environment Improvement Project under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation from 2005 on 6 monthly contracts. Emphasis was laid on the social mobilization and behavioural change of the slum dwellers along with the formation of Neighbourhood Groups and Self-Help Groups and their Training. Several social issues like child marriage, child labour, drug addiction, disability were addressed through trainings and workshops 

Active Citizen Workshop

Active Citizen was a British Council programme that connected organisations and people trying to make a difference in their community. In order to build a team of Volunteers for Active Citizens, IPER held a training workshop for 16 participants.

The workshop focused on identification of Social Action Projects (SAP) by the participants in their own communities. One of the SAPs identified by the youth group was Garbage Disposal.  An action plan on Project “NO PLASTIC”was formulated in this workshop for taking this project further.

THE UNDERLYING PRINCIPLE OF ALL THESE IS THE RIGHTS OF THE CHILD AND THE WOMEN WHO ARE DENIED OF THEM

 

Past Projects with Survey as a focus

Surveys have been an integral part of all projects of IPER. Field workers identify beneficiaries through surveys in the slum areas targeted under the project.

Baseline Surveys

Project   ‘Community Development Through Participation and Awareness’

The Baseline survey for the above was started in the month of April’09 at the specified slums in the Wards in the Maheshtala Municipality. Visits to the area were made after contacting the Municipal authorities and meeting of the local people. The survey took into account some very basic information on the families included into the survey and identified the children in these families who could be a part of the project. In the third stage a detailed inventory was made of the women who were willing to participate in the project.

Project on ‘Access To Education–A Right For All Children’

The baseline survey sought to obtain a detailed profile of children between 5 and 14 years of age living in the targeted slums, their families, their surroundings, the current state of government primary schools and upper primary schools in the area, the enrollment and retention rates, drop -out rates, the reasons for their exclusion from the schooling system, and the complexities of the education system with regard to out-of-school-children. Both quantitative and qualitative information and first hand information have been weaved into the survey to provide a rich and deep insight into the inter-relations and processes that plague the goal of UEE.

Baseline Report on the Level of Awareness on HIV and AIDS amongst Students, Teachers and Community

A Baseline study was carried out to assess the knowledge as well as attitude and behaviour that they practice in respect to HIV and AIDS. The study was carried out with school children, children in the Community Learning Centres [non-formal centres], teachers of the formal schools and people from the community. Findings reflected that there was a low level of awareness among girls in the understanding of the concepts of HIV, AIDS and sexual diseases.

 

 Past projects with health as a focus

 Psychological, Somatic and Social Intervention for the high-risk children

This project was funded by Netherlands (NFICH) and worked in collaboration with Government of West Bengal . The goal of the project was to check malnutrition, anaemia and different chronic diseases among the children of the slum dwellers.

Major Activities

  • Monthly health check-up included Hb test and other pathological tests (if required)
  • Necessary medical support along with medicines is given.
  • Councelling
  • Health awareness programmes
  • Nutritional support
  • Provision of essential hygienic items like soap, tooth paste, brush, and com to beneficiaries.

Mother-Child Programme

IPER had been running a multi-dimensional developmental programme for the mothers and their children since 1995.

Services given

  • Literacy
  • Health-care
  • Cultural and recreational development
  • Developing self-reliance through skill training.