Smile Twin e-learning Programme
After an extensive journey in the area of education and then establishing itself as an NGO providing vocational education training, Tomorrow’s Foundation started the Smile Twin e-learning Programme [STeP] in August 2015 in the Tangra area of Kolkata, in partnership with Smile Foundation.
The aim of STeP is to provide customised options for the continuation of education, upward linkage and vocational training for dropped-out, school/college continuing youths in the age group of 18-28 years. This initiative ultimately aims to help create a pool of appropriately trained adolescents skilled as per for market requirements.
After a successful implementation of the programme, this programme moved to Anwar Shah Road in the Tollygunge area and is presently at New Alipore, covering the southern region of Kolkata.
The STeP training module is designed as an online learning platform where students get hands-on training regarding accessing online content, learning videos and other reference materials.
Key Activities :
- Poster making competition was held to observe World Youth Skills day: the event created a lot of enthusiasm and motivation among the students.
- A one day collaborative and sharing workshop was organized by Life Project 4 Youth and STeP: including road safety awareness games and nutrition training programme.
- Students participated in different group activities on different issues: computer shortcuts, communicative english, social issues etc.
As of November 2019, Open School is working with 106 children [60 girls and 46 boys] who are continuing their education through the Open School project and are also getting life skills training on a range of areas such as IT skills, communicative English, personality development and performance arts. Of these 106 students, 46 students are at the secondary level [Standard 10] and 10 are at the senior secondary level [Standard 12].
The Open School also focuses on:
- Counseling the parents/single mothers to allow their children their right to education along with other basic principles of Child Rights, instead of coercing them into becoming wage-earners.
- Speaking to factory owners and conducting awareness programmes with them on the rights of children and youth they employ and making them aware of Child Labour Legislation; and
- Sensitize the wider community about the rights of children (CR) and Child Labour Law (CLL).
A total number of 400 parents and 30 employers have received training so far on CR & CLL. 900 community people in Tangra zone are aware of Child rights and Child Labour Law.
Some Key Activities:
- Students across levels have participated in preparing Teaching Learning Materials (TLMs) to enhance their skills of comprehension.
- Formative exams have been conducted for secondary level students to measure their preparation before appearing the final Board examination.
- Secondary level students prepare TMAs (Tutor Marked Assignments) with the assistance of the teachers of the Open School project.