Anandadhara

Anandadhara is an educational resource center to ensure that children develop into citizens of today and tomorrow after receiving practiced, qualitative, and equitable tailor-made education.
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Year launched: 
2002
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CEI Plus Status

Program Results Status
Monitoring and Evaluation Reporting
Primary Approach: 
Implementer: 
Society for Peoples' Awareness (SPAN)
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Education level (ISCED): 

Location Data

State/Province: 
West Bengal
City: 
Kolkata
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Program Description: 

Anandadhara is an educational resource center aimed at helping underprivileged children in difficult circumstances in urban settings gain access to education from pre-primary to Std. 10. It ensures effective learning and helps children with personal and career development, along with social accountability. 

The center functions as an educational resource and support for school-going children of urban slum communities to prevent dropouts and to ensure a participatory platform for children. It provides remedial coaching support for the students, computer education, and library facilities, and also developed a children's association for those who think and work on different social aspects of their community. 

The program caters to dropouts and child laborers between 14 and 18 years old from poor, urban communities to develop them into skilled and productive young adults. The center enrolls them in open school education and provides coaching support for their open school learning through teaching spoken English, math, and other core subjects. It trains them in vocational training courses along with open school learning and is linked with the government-supported low-cost vocational courses. The organization is also affiliated with the National Council of Vocational Training (NCVT). 

Highlighting Innovation: 
Anandadhara provides a package of replicable practices of creating a learning environment, a child-centered and value-based education, and skills education where the children are primarily guided to overcome their difficulties.
Key Challenges: 
There are some limitations of the program in terms of coverage and resources.