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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

With a population of 2164, Nandgaon is a small community in Mul ditrict of Chadrapur, Maharashtra.
The community has 3 pre-primary schools, 1 primary and 1 secondary school at close quarters. Probably, this accounts for a literacy rate of 75 percent in this area.There are total 184 children from the age group of 7-14 years.
Agriculture is the predominant source of livelihood with almost all residents owning a small plot of 2-3 acres of land for farming purposes.
Magic Bus began working in this area from 2011 with 69 children.

Programme Inputs

9-year-old Om joined Magic Bus two years ago. His father had a small shop in the neighbourhood and his mother was the sarpanch ( a local term used for the village headman) of the village.

Since the beginning, Om had the habit of throwing his weight around during the sessions. He also behaved rudely with other children. He felt that because he was the local leader's son he could be arrogant with others and they wouldn't mind.Om's parents were very worried about his behaviour towards the elders in the village and they requested Magic Bus youth mentor, Nandkishor, to intervene.

The youth mentor and community youth leader tried to speak to Om about his behaviour. But, all their advice fell on deaf ears. Next, they made him the leader of a team in the hope that he would change once he had responsibilities.

Even this failed to make any impact on him. On the contrary, he became even more arrogant and rude towards others in the team. Before long, all his teammates refused to have him as their leader and threatened to stop coming for sessions. The youth mentor informed him that he had to step down since none of his teammates wanted him as a leader. In his place, a different leader was chosen. Om was crestfallen but his moment of introspection had just occurred.

The next day Om was a transformed person. He did not bully others and listened to what the new leader had to say and do.He was respectful towards others. seeing this change, the youth mentor made him the leader of a team in the local tournament. Under his leadership, the team won. His teammates acknowledged that he was a great, supportive leader who played his part and helped the team win the tournament.

The feedback further strengthened his resolve to change his behaviour. Today, Om is respectful to everyone around him; when he is given responsibility he tries to complete it by involving everyone.

Faces of change

Magic Bus sport-for-development sessions are held on Fridays every week between 8 and 10 am. The sessions are structured in the following manner:

  • 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

Photographs are from Magic Bus areas of operation and are used for representation only.