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Education and Skill Development: Focus Areas

Brick Kiln Schools

In recent times there is a growing awareness about children working and not going to school. Both Government and Non-Governmental Organizations are involved in the process of increasing the enrolment of children who have been left out in the process. One of the important sectors of working children neglected is the child in brick industry. The children who work in brick industries are the children of migrant laborers; they accompany their parents to the brick chambers and help their parents in their work. Since it is piece rate work these children do not get their wages in their hands; usually their parents get it.

The Brick Lanes project works towards ensuring education to the children of migrant workers in the brick kilns of Chaksu, Rajasthan in partnership with, Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj (KIGS), Jaipur, TRF is running 2 non-formal education centres in two brick kiln sites. These children, numbering about 100, are migrants from UP, Bihar & Madhya Pradesh who migrate with their families and are first generation learners. However, TRF’s future plans include expanding this program to other brick kilns sites in the area. Six teachers have been posted in these schools depending upon the number of students. One teacher is available for approximately 30 students, these children are given, often reluctantly, a 4 - hour window of education in their work-filled day and night. TRF promotes non-formal education (NFE) for the children. TRF supports two such NFE centers.


Chahat Chowk, a series started on Gurgaon ki Awaaz in partnership with Civil Hospital Gurgaon, St Stephens Hospital, TARSHI, Paras Hospital and Maraa and is supported by the Commonwealth of Learning. The objectives of the program are to create a space on radio for men and women to speak openly about sexual and reproductive health issues in an anonymous, non-judgmental manner and to encourage conversations among couples and family members, and friends about sexual and reproductive health issues. The program includes implementation of a multi-stakeholder, multi-media Community Learning Program focused on sexual and reproductive health, broadcast on Community Radio with a Live Phone in segment with a health expert, repeat broadcast cycle with fresh Live Phone-In.

Natural Resource Management

Well Recharge Project

TRF in partnership with Kumarappa Institute of Gram Swaraj has supported the building of rainwater harvesting structures in the fields of 8 farmers in the extremely arid region of Tonk district in the state of Rajasthan. Built just before the monsoons of 2016, the wells now report ample water. Farmers who were earlier only able to pump water into their fields for 90 minutes can now pump for almost 12 hours. This has improved their capacity for farm output significantly, and also been a major help in alleviating agrarian distress by increasing the availability of water in the wells in these low water table areas.

Gurgaon Water Forum

TRF is a core partner in the Gurgaon Water Forum which is tasked with conducting a situational analysis of the urban villages in Gurgaon and executing a community mobilizing plan, to address issues such as low water table and over exploitation of underground water, TRF has been working to recharge the wells through rain water harvesting in low water table areas of Bharthala Gram Panchayat of Niwai Block in Tonk district of Rajasthan. The aim of the project is to increase the water table level and availability of more water for irrigation. TRF has covered a total of 8 marginalised families as its direct beneficiaries, who contributed their labour for the construction of infrastructure.

The “Gurgaon Water Forum” is an initiative carried out by Jawaharlal Nehru University’s (JNU) Transdisciplinary Cluster for Sustainability Studies. In this group, they wish to deliberate on the challenges of how to ensure improvement in water availability, equitable access to drinking water, disposal and treatment and use of waste water. A team of 2 researchers; lead researcher Pravin Sankhwar and field researcher Mansi Sharma visited three target villages and conducted:
  1. Village profiles – location, demographics, water situation
  2. Community meetings – locals, migrants, key stakeholders such as former councilors, local school principals, etc.
  3. Focus Group Discussions – FGDs with locals, migrants, men and women to ascertain their views on water supply, sanitation and possible solutions.
  4. In-depth interviews: IDIs with locals, migrants, men and women to ascertain their views on water supply, sanitation, and possible solutions.

Gender and Rights

Dastak: A campaign against gender-based violence

A performance of the street play “Dastak” was put up by the Asmita Theatre Group in 48 Senior Secondary and High Schools in Gurgaon Block. The performance reached over 35,000 students (boys and girls) from 12-18 years of age. Discussions and interactive session were held post performance. Connecting the performance with radio program “Bavra Mausam”, a weekly radio program on adolescent emotional health, with a counselor in studio to answer questions, posters in the schools encouraged students to call into the program and talk to a counselor in the studio. This was done in Partnership between Office of BEO, Gurgaon, Asmita and TRF.

Hamaara Samvidhan

Hamara Samvidhaan is a 13-part radio series that attempts to unpack the Preamble to the Constitution of India so that we can build a deeper understanding of the values that underpin our citizenship. This episode talks about the importance, history and the writing of the Constitution.

Bhavra Mausam

Bhavra Mausam is a radio series which focuses on adolescent emotional health: To address information gaps and increase health-seeking behaviour among adolescents and their guardians in Gurgaon, TRF has been broadcasting radio episodes through its community radio. The program airs every week (Wednesday at 2.30 pm) as a one-hour program with a counsellor in the studio. The program reaches a population of about 30,000 per day and focuses primarily on disenfranchised urban migrant families and their children. Supported by CREA, partners include Civil Hospital, Gurgaon and Paras Hospital.