Alternative Learning Centre – ALC
Great Futures Start At Our ALC
Latha (name changed) enjoys drawing and painting. Latha has taken part in various competitions and won prizes. Latha is one of the 550 children from our 18 Alternative Learning Centres.
HIV and AIDS profoundly affect children at many levels. A child’s family and community can be hard stuck by the effects of AIDS as parents get sick, are not able to work or not there to protect their children. The result of this can disrupt children’s lives and put their education, health and security at risk.
At our 18 ALC’s, children are either HIV positive or living with HIV/AIDS. In each centre, there are around 30 children with one teacher as in-charge. The centre functions three hours a day and provides non-formal education. We also encourage the children to play and read newspapers/ general knowledge books. The children do their school homework as well at our centre.
In addition to non-formal education, we also provide awareness on:
- HIV/ AIDS and related diseases
- Personal hygiene
- Ill-effects of child labour
We ensure care and support to the community affected by HIV/ AIDS and support to child labourers as well other disadvantaged children. We also provide psycho-social support to children who are HIV positive or living with HIV/ AIDS. Appropriate psychosocial support helps children and their families to overcome these challenges, and builds coping mechanisms, trust and hope in their future.
We organise competitions in sports, dance, singing, essay writing and speech. The children also take part in mass cleaning, distribute free saplings and plant trees to create a better environment. We hold Parents Teachers Meetings every three months and assess the growth of the children and provide extra coaching to those children who lack behind their studies.
– Continuous education is ensured
– Nearly 30 Children’s Clubs have been formed which has motivated 700 children
– 175 children have joined the Little Flower Children’s Network
– Around 450 saplings were planted in the villages.