The socio-economic conditions and low exposure to education has led to low levels of enrolment in
schools and high level of drop-out, indicating a need for a relevant, engaging and meaningful intervention
which will convert the value of education to tangible benefits for this community. With a view to provide
access to a quality educational opportunity in the area, Shakti Foundation is carrying out bridge education
programs-Panchi & I-dream. The concept is to create long-term change, and take the batch of enrolled
children through high school and help them plan their career path.
Panchi and iDream were established to help the underprivileged children, from East Delhi urban slum
communities gain access to quality education support, life skills and extracurricular activities that would
keep them engaged in their studies and complete high school. Over time, the centers have been
recognized as a safe space for children to understand and express themselves. Beyond scheduled
classes, students are able to spend extra time in self-study, exchange ideas, discuss and seek guidance
on school or family issues. The participatory approach creates a sense of curiosity and fun in learning and
provides children with exposure to the world beyond their community.
The iDream program in Kalyanpuri helps underprivileged girls complete high school and blossom
into socially responsible, independent and mature adults. The program provides academic and
life skills support for girls with the goal to improve school attendance and reduce incidences of
The I dream program largely caters to young girls in the age group 12-15 who are forced to drop
out of school. Under the I dream program, we provide academic and life skills support to
underprivileged girls with the goal to improve school attendance and reduce incidences of early
marriages. This holistic approach goes a long way towards prevention of child sexual abuse,
early child marriage, access to Govt. schemes, financial inclusion, providing health and nutrition
support and imparting life skills through focussed activities and exposure trips to develop self-
confidence, positive self-image, independent expression and health and hygiene awareness.
The Panchi education program was established to provide more than 200 enrolled children
educational support. The program works with out-of-school children and brings them to the
educational level of their peers before mainstreaming them into government schools. It also
improves the academic performance of children already in-school through supplementary
Through the initiative, we try to impact the school going and out of school children through a
Remedial Education programme at the Gulmeher livelihood centre, which has been equipped
with technology and other teaching learning resources, trained community teachers and
community linkages so that they can demonstrate outcomes which are a direct output of the
teaching learning activities and other outcomes which are linked to the community and indirectly
influence education indicators.
One of the important goals has been to increase enrolment and provide quality education to
children from Ghazipur Slum Catchment who are out of school through an accelerated learning
level programme with a goal to enroll them in school. We provide relevant teaching and learning
materials and approaches that are student-centred, promote creativity, stimulate self-paced
learning for improved learning outcomes, children have witnessed holistic all round development
of children with fundamental life skills development.