PLANET AID: Children in Step-up Center
Planet Aid supports children in Northern India through the Step-up Centers operated by Humana People to People India. These schools provide access to education for underprivileged elementary school children who have been unable to attend formal schooling. The Centers also actively work to mobilize local communities and assist children in enrolling in mainstream education when possible. The Centers operate under the auspices of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program to make access to education available to all. There are 11 Step-Up Centers operating in the states of Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, and Delhi. Together they reached nearly 4,000 children in 2016. Step-up Centers are designed to provide accelerated learning to out-of-school children, to enable them to enter or re-enter the formal education system. The program is based on an innovative progressive step system, allowing students to build upon their existing capacities. In the photo, children in the Step-up Centers learning about electricity with a hands-on activity.