Good News Dream Centre
Odisha ~ West Bengal ~ Chattissgarh
Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme is a child development educational programme of Good News Dream Centre, a Voluntary Organisation. At present, this programme is implemented in the state of Odisha, West Bengal and Chhattisgarh. Under this programme at present, 29 Good News Dream Centre Educational Hostels have been constructed near government schools/colleges/institutes for the education of children.
The children who participate in this programme are called Children-In-Programme (CIP). The CIP stay in the hostels and study in the nearby government-run schools for pursuing their studies.
These are private hostels constructed by a Non-Governmental-Organization (NGO) named Salgadia Happy & Holy Home Society; that they are managed by Good News Dream Centre, a Charitable Trust and funded through Pioneers’ Ministry, also a Charitable Trust. This is a joint venture of three different organizations having similar objectives working together to provide lodging and boarding facilities to the CIP for their education.
The hostels follow the standard Regulatory Guidelines for Hostel of Educational Institutions for Children, 2018, developed by the Education Division, National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), Government of India.
CHILD DEVELOPMENT AND EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
In this programme, the children stay in the hostels during the academic sessions. During holidays when the schools are closed they go back to their homes and when schools open their parents/ guardians bring them back to the hostels.
Following are some of the activities conducted for CIP in the hostels:
I. Free admission and timely enrollment of children in the nearby government-run schools
II. Free lodging and boarding facilities
III. Free tutorial/coaching classes
IV. Provide life skills and value education
V. Provide interest-based extracurricular programme
VI. Provide indoor and outdoor games/sports facilities
VII. Provide extra clothes so as to keep the CIP free from worries and concentrate fully on studies and education
VIII. Provide extra school uniforms and entire wearing apparels of CIP
IX. Provide health care services in consultation with the local doctors and as per the NCPCR guidelines for hostels.
SELECTION/ADMISSION PROCESS, CHILDREN-IN-PROGRAMME
a) Applications in a prescribed format are sought
b) Counseling is done with the parents/guardians of the selected CIP
c) A mutually agreed agreement is prepared and signed between the Chairperson or Administrator of the Hostel Management Committee and the parents/guardians of the CIP.
d) Admission is done at and by the head office and a Central CIP
Register (CCIPR) is maintained. The CIP are accommodated in different Good News Dream Centre Educational Hostels.
THE BENEFICIARIES OF THE PROGRAMME
Children needing education are the main beneficiaries of this programme. They belong to needy families in remotely located villages with no such educational facilities and the organization selects them through an established selection procedure to enroll in the programme irrespective of their caste, creed, colour, ethnicity and sex. The children are given admission into the Good News Dream Centre Educational Hostels to participate in the Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme to pursue their studies in schools, colleges, institutes and universities.
DURATION OF THE PROGRAMME
Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme totally undertakes for the CIP to study free of cost from class /standard 1 to university/professional/vocational education and the cost/expenses are borne by the programme authority.
THE PROGRAMME AUTHORITY
Good News Dream Centre, A Charitable Trust is the programme authority and this programme is implemented through the consortium of three NGOs such as Salgadia Happy & Holy Home Society, Good News Dream Centre, a Charitable Trust and Pioneers’ Ministry, a Charitable Trust.
SOURCES OF FUNDS FOR THE PROGRAMME
Funds for this programme are generated through child sponsorship activities. There are benevolent people in India and foreign countries that donate and bear the expenses for the Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme for CIP.
Foreign funds are received under the Foreign Contribution Regulations Act Bank Account opened in New Delhi after getting certificate of registration by the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government India. With the permission from the Government of India the funds are received and spent for the CIP/beneficiaries and the same is audited by the competent authorities.
WHAT THE GOOD NEWS DREAM CENTRE EDUCATIONAL HOSTELS ARE NOT
a) They are not shelter homes
b) They are not child care homes
c) They are not orphanages
d) They are not child care institutions/centres
e) They are not centres/homes/institutions as defined under JJ Act, 2015, namely Children’s Home, Open Shelter, Observation Home, Special Home, Place of Safety, Specialised Adoption Agency and a Fit Facility recognized under the Act for providing care and protection to children, who are in need of such services.
f) They are not rehabilitation homes/centres/day-care centres
g) They are not a child-care and protection agency as construed under JJ Act, 2015.
WHAT THE GOOD NEWS DREAM CENTRE EDUCATIONAL HOSTELS ARE
They are Educational Hostels meant for children in Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme. They are private hostels for children/ students who are studying in the nearby government-run schools. In the hostels. Full facilities are also provided for students to study in colleges, institutes and universities for their higher education.
Therefore, Good News Dream Centre Educational Hostels are not coming under the categories and regulations of the JJ Act, 2015.
CHILD-IN-PROGRAMME (CIP) under Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme and Child in Need of Care and Protection (CNCP) under JJ Act, 2015:
T H E B A S I C D I F F E R E N C E S
C I P
• Children are participants of Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme
• Parents/guardians voluntarily bring the children to the hostels for admission and after proper selection procedure, counselling and agreement with parents/guardians, the children are admitted into the Good News Dream Centre Educational Programme.
• All the CIP have their own village, home and parents/ guardians.
• All the CIP belong to needy families.
• While the schools are open the CIP stay in the hostels and go to their homes during holidays.
C N C P
• Street children
• Orphaned, abandoned and destitute children
• Working children
• Abused children
• Children who are victims of Commercial Sexual Exploitation and Trafficking
• Children engaging in substance abuse
• Children in conflict and disaster situations
• Children in families at-risk
• Differently-abled children
• Mentally ill children
• HIV / AIDS-affected / infected children Juveniles/children in conflict with the law