#ECEMatters – Supporting Early Learning of Children
#ECEMatters is a campaign started by LECIN to create awareness about the significance of early childhood education in one's life. Funds raised through the campaign will help us provide quality pre-primary education to more children as well as employ and train women from the nearby communities.
Through this campaign we intend to initiate conversations among people about what early childhood education is and why it matters for the children. We intend to make people aware of why the early years of children from the ages of 3 to 6 are important for the children.
According to data released by UNICEF, around 88% of school going children in India who have not received early childhood education have a hard time keeping track with the basic literacy and numeracy concepts of their grade.
As per the National Education Policy 2020 of India, "Over 85% of a child’s cumulative brain development occurs prior to the age of 6, indicating the critical importance of appropriate care and stimulation of the brain in the early years in order to ensure healthy brain development and growth."
The policy also stated that as per a household survey in 2017, 3.22 crore children between the ages of 6 to 17 in India are either not in school or have dropped out of school due to lack of pre-primary education.
Why did we start working on Early Childhood Education?
What is ECE?
LEARNING TODAY, LEADING TOMORROW
Ever visited a slum and observed children play with broken toys and budding dreams? In 2015, team LECIN decided to take a step forward to make these little dreams a reality.
A STEP TOWARDS CHANGE
Starting with a group of 10 children from low income communities, we set off our first steps. A step to analyse the ground reality and work on it. Despite the universal belief of education being the key to success, millions of children in India do not get proper education or are forced to drop out from formal schooling majorly due to financial circumstances.
We envision a world where every child is recognised as a unique individual and gets inclusive, equitable, joyful and contextualised learning opportunities to reach his full potential.
WHAT WE DO?
We focus on helping children find their true potential and make a sustainable change in their lives. Our academic programs, together with extra-curricular activities, aim to make a positive contribution to a child’s long-term growth, by facilitating a stimulating and enabling learning environment.
COVID-19 RELIEF CAMPAIGN
DISTRIBUTION OF RATION AND ESSENTIALS
The outbreak of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) across the globe has left innumerable families struggling to make their ends meet. The daily wage workers, domestic helpers, or single women, with small children and senior citizens in the families, have been left unemployed, unable to buy basic groceries and daily use items.
Team LECIN has helped over 1300 families with free ration and basic essentials in the last one year. A basic ration kit includes wheat flour, rice, pulses, cooking oil, sugar, salt, 3 essential spices, sanitary pads, biscuits, milk powder and soaps. These kits are customized based on the need and size of a family.
PROVIDING LEARNING SUPPORT AND ENSURING MENTAL WELL BEING OF CHILDREN
The COVID pandemic has led to re-routing of most of the activities such as corporate professionals working remotely and education going online via video conferencing. The life of a common individual has changed.
With Covid halting activities around the nation in the last few months, we have had to alter ways to keep our engagement with children intact. However, our team members did not let the virus tamper with the learning activities of our young ones.
After having a conversation with the parents of all the children, who, jointly, agreed to form a WhatsApp group where the discussion can be held about the same. The group will serve as a platform for sharing activities with parents. As we are unaware about the mental effect this pandemic might have, we try to keep them engaged through music, dance, and art activities. We provide them with read alouds, worksheets and exercises to cater to their emotional wellbeing. Children and their parents are being instructed about how to carry out these activities regularly.