New Delhi, 2nd June 2019: Magic Bus, with its presence in 22 states of India, celebrated the Global Day of Parents. The celebration marks Magic Bus’s engagement with parents through its Community Connect model to ensure children on the programme successfully complete their journey from Childhood to Livelihood. Various sports-based activities were held during the day followed by discussions with parents on their child’s overall development, the challenges they faced while attending school and other challenges in the community. Activities and discussion were held at various parts of South Delhi including Barat Ghar, Near No-3 Molarband School Badarpur, Gaddha Pitch Near Lohia Pul Badarpur, DDA Park Pul Prehladpur Lal Kuan, Roshan Nagar Jaitpur, Shiv Mandir Park JJ Colony Madanpur Khadar, DDA Park, Saraswati Camp, Munirka, Khet Ground, Aali Vihar, North Delhi including K block Park Near Power House Bawana J J Colony, Anarkali Park Near By Sharma Colony Shahabad Dairy Delhi – 110042, H block Sultanpuri, E block Sultanpuri, Shiv Madir Park Bhalaswa Dairy, M block Shakur Pur Village NO. 1 Pili building School and East Delhi including B- 2 Park Nand Nagari, Mandoli and Gokul Puri.
The Community Connect model is a key component of the Magic Bus Childhood to Livelihood programme, which makes it possible to be in the community and child’s life for up to 7 years. It works with the child’s ecosystem – parents, school teachers, local leaders, School Management Committees – to ensure communities come together to focus on and facilitate education, gender equity and livelihood skills attainment. Parents play the most significant role. Magic Bus understands this and taps into the potential of a supportive parent and their impact on the child in completing her education, not getting married early and moving into a sustainable career in the organised sector. With this, its work with parents includes carrying out sports-based activity sessions, home visits and events.
In April 2019:
- 800 parent’s sessions were held in which 14,000 parents participated
- 30,000 home visits were made pan India
- 200 events and tournaments were organised in which 12,500 community people participated
Apart from working with parents, the programme also activates School Management Committees that actively involve parents to ensure solutions are arrived at; ensuring children attend school regularly and complete their secondary education. This has led to a greater retention of children in schools. Some SMC activations have seen the set up of a library, have raised funds for infrastructure and computer labs and have also facilitated safe drinking water for children.
Speaking on the occasion, Jayant Rastogi, Global CEO, Magic Bus said, “We take this opportunity to strengthen our connect with the parents as we believe they are a major support system to children on our programme. We closely work with parents to ensure our 7 year engagement with the children is uninterrupted, allowing them to successfully transition from Childhood to Livelihood. We can then be assured of our 3 key impacts: to enable our children to complete their secondary education, delay their age at marriage and get a job in the organized sector, making them economically self-reliant and socially empowered”
Apart from New Delhi the grand occasion was also celebrated in Rajasthan (Jaipur and Ajmer), Haryana (Rohtak and Karnal), UP (Lucknow), Punjab (Ludhiana), J&K (Jammu), Odissa (Keonjhar), Assam (Guwahati), Chhattisgarh (Raipur), Mizoram (Aizwal), Maharashtra (Mumbai, Pune and Chandrapur), Madhya Pradesh (Ujjain), Gujarat (Bharuch), Telangana (Hyderabad), Andhra Pradesh (Vishakhapatnam and Rajamundry), Karnataka (Bangalore and Mysore) and Kerala (Trivandrum and Kochi).