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Magic Bus Overview

Magic Bus works with some of the world’s poorest children and young people, taking them from a childhood full of challenges to a life with meaningful livelihoods. We equip young people with the skills and knowledge they need to grow up and move out of poverty.

Children on the Magic Bus Programme complete school, and go on to enroll in vocational institutes or colleges. They successfully fend off destabilizers such as child marriage and child labour and become first-generation salary earners. Our participants complete their education and have secure careers.

The below report is a representative of the impact in the Magic Bus Programme in Chandrapur, where the communities are located.

About Chandrapur District

Jena is a village in the Bhadrawati Taluka, Chandrapur District, Maharashtra, India. It belongs to the Vidarbh region. The District head quarter, Chandrapur is 32 kilometres away, and the State Capital, Mumbai, is 779 kilometres away.

The total population of the village is 782, (409 male and 373 female). The literacy rate is the village is above average: the village has two schools.

Most residents are labourers – either in agriculture or in the coal mines nearby.

Programme Inputs

Gayatri is 9 years old and reads in the fourth standard. An year ago, she joined Magic Bus.

Initially, she was very shy and did not like interacting with the boys in her group. With regular encouragement, she started participating in the games. Before long, her hesitation of interacting with boys became a thing of the past.

Gayatri wishes to be an Anganwadi worker in the future. Her role model and source of inspiration is the Community Youth Leader in Magic Bus' sessions who inspired her to overcome her hesitation.

Impact

A few of the areas of behaviour change addressed by Magic Bus volunteers and mentors include:

  • Importance of personal and environmental hygiene
  • Equal treatment of boys and girls
  • Importance of education
  • Respect for elders

Faces of change

Magic Bus sessions here are conducted weekly and are divided into three 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