Supplementary Education Centres (Formal Education)
JJ had conducted Supplementary Education Centres (SECs) in the working areas which are designed to target potential drop-out students providing them with support for the homework and engaging them in extracurricular activities. The SECs will ensure to the school going children adequate facilities to do their homework and build their creative skills, thus ensuring 100% retention in mainstream education and prevent drop out of education. This activity will improve the children’s performance at school while contributing to avoid drop-outs. SECs will also enhance the communities’ commitment to children’s education by increasing awareness on child labour’s disastrous effect on child development and consequently on society at large. The supplementary education centres will function effectively to provide a comprehensive education for school-going children, utilising a participatory, engaging teaching methodology.
Non-formal Education (NFE)
NFE is for children who do not attend school. It is a first step to get them interested and eventually enrolled in regular schools. Since 1995, around 5000 children have so far been given NFE. Of these, 75% have subsequently enrolled in schools. NFE now is being implemented in Red Hills in Thiruvallur District. Children who have undergone pre-school formation in an NFE Centre can be directly admitted to the regular schools according to their age and capacity to learn. With the implementation of Right to Education Act, where the child is enrolled to the school directly without any pre-qualification or certification in the age-appropriate classes, JJ continues to engage the new entrants from the families of migrant labourers until they reach the formal schools so that the interest is sustained among the children, thus preventing drop out and subsequently child labour.