PLANET AID INC: Step-up Center Program for Out-of-School Children
Planet Aid supports children in Northern India through the Kadam Step-up Centers operated by Humana People to People India. These centers provide access to education for underprivileged out-of-school children whose life situation makes it difficult for them to return or begin formal schooling.
The program is based on an innovative progressive step system, allowing students to build upon their existing capacities. They also actively work to mobilize local communities to assist children in enrolling in mainstream education.
From July 2016 to April 2018, 534 Kadam Step-up Centers began or were in operation and reached more than 31,000 out-of-school children. More than 16,000 children have been mainstreamed from this group, entering school at their age-appropriate level.
Kadam Step-up Centers operate in five states; Haryana, Delhi, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. The centers operate under the auspices of the Indian Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program to make access to education available to all.