With a total population of 20,000, Govindpuri is located in south Delhi and surrounded by the more affluent areas of Chittranjan Park and Greater Kailash.Most of the residents have migrated from Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh, and are mostly employed as chauffeurs, hospital attendants, or daily wage worker with an uncertain and small wage.
The main issues in the community are: water scarcity, sanitation, with rampant open defecation, lack of gender equality and awareness about the importance of education resulting in more drop-outs.
Magic Bus’ sports for development sessions were started in August 2013. There are 512 children attending the sessions here.
The Magic Bus team working in this community organised Youth Development training in May 2015 with 20 CYLs, and also organised a cricket tournament in the month of September 2015. The aim of the tournament was to ensure more participation from the girls thereby, ensuring more mobility and participation among them.
14-year-old Badal studies in the tenth standard and comes from a family of five.
Lack of awareness about cleanliness and hygienic practices among the residents of Govindpuri has been a characteristic feature of this slum cluster. A similar trait is noticed with regard to education. Not much importance is accorded to schooling resulting in a large number of dropouts in the area.
Badal would have been one of the many dropouts in his area. But, then, Magic Bus happened.
"Children here are never informed about the value of schooling. Mostly first generation learners, no one in their families motivate them to go to school", says Magic Bus Youth Mentor, Preeti Jha.
Badal joined Magic Bus early this year. Youth Mentor, Preeti, noticed that Badal was irregular in school. He would also turn up during sessions in untidy clothes. On most days, he would go without taking a bath. No one at home could supervise him or even advise him against this habits.
Through the Magic Bus sessions, Badal, came to know about the advantages of schooling. Through activities, he learnt about the importance of cleanliness. It was only a matter of time that his behaviour changed for the better.
Badal is a regular - one of the very few children who are - in his locality. He enjoys going to school and feels that those children who don't or can't "miss out a lot in life".
A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:
Sessions are divided into 3 parts:
Warm up: The development goal is introduced using interactive activities
Main activity: The development goal is reinforced using sports and activities
Review: A discussion is facilitated to draw parallels to real-life situations and sum up the learning objectives.
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