PLANET AID INC: Vandana, a student at the Kadam Step-up Center
Planet Aid supports the education of children who are living on the margin in India through the Kadam Step-up Centers. These schools, operated by Planet Aid's local partner Humana People to People India in North India, provide a supportive environment and access to education for out-of-school children who have been shut out of public schools because they lack needed documentation to register or faced other challenges in entering or staying in school. The award-winning program is based on an innovative progressive step system, allowing students to build upon their existing capacities. Staff from the centers also actively works 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 so far 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 are under the auspices of the Indian Government’s Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan program to make access to education available to all.