The 4th SDG “Ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning”.
UN Association of the National Capital Area
This project focuses on rehabilitation of women and girls who are sex-traffick victims, to re-integrate them into society. There are around 18 million women and children in India who are involved in sex slavery. Each year more than 45% are under 18. The program includes Transition Centres (education centre, open school, vocational centre) children from disadvantaged backgrounds and are at -risk of being sexually exploited are given a value-based holistic education preparing them « for career choices that are personally fulfilling as well as economically ».These transition centers are safe spaces conducive for learning, growth and overall development for children. The children develop self-esteem and confidence which is shown in their overall performance in academic and in extra-curricular activities. Therefore, they transform the life situation of children « into one of hope, healing and opportunity ». The project helps children continue to secondary and to technical colleges. After graduation they get jobs and help their families. They also help in the recruitment of new children into transition centers: children in situation of extreme poverty, orphans, children with disabilities, HIV positive, and children of women in prostitution. The project which is a comprehensive proposal, was designed involving different stakeholders in order to meet the needs of the beneficiaries: mothers/parents, student’s mothers, Home Committees encompassing a group of teachers. This participative approach facilitated the implementation of the project. Students also were involved through their elected Student Committees, who send their recommendations to the founder. This participatory approach, and the capacity building of teachers and the equipments of the transition centers have upgraded the overall standards of the centers. The monitoring mechanisms set in place, and the internal and external evaluations help understand the progress accomplished. The impact is outstanding one of this is the policy change in government towards second generation prevention, to get the state to look at the issue from the right perspective. Clearly, this worthwhile project is very valuable in conformity with SDG4 with all its sub-goals. In addition, the project provides partial contributions to Goals 1,3,5,8.