"The Promise Foundation (TPF)"
- Parent Category: ECCD
The Promise Foundation was set up in 1987 to provide services in the area of Mental Health, Education and Potential Realisation. TPF believes that a nation’s greatest resource is its human resource and contributes toward its development by applying behavioural sciences. The group comprises a core group of psychologists, social workers, special educators and teachers, and an international network of specialist consultants. As a non-government organization set up as a trust, TPF works at all levels -- local, national, and international, with project-based funding.
Recognising the need for early childhood intervention for cognitive development, TPF has a two-level Stimulation Intervention Programme (SIP) for children, 3 to 6 years. On one level, it runs Promise Shishukendra, a preschool and demonstration center catering to the needs of 30 children in a slum in Koramangala. The pre-school demonstrates TPF’s methods for early childhood care and stimulation. With the aim of laying strong foundations for later formal learning, the preschool lays high emphasis on literacy acquisition skills, balancing all round stimulation with individualised school-readiness stimulation.
On the second level, it conducts training programmes primarily for anganwadi workers, and ECCD workers in NGOs and community-based organizations. All levels of workers can avail of TPF’s training programmes: unskilled, ECCD workers, and ECCD workers with some ECCE training. The programmes range from monthly sessions to modular inputs spanning 3 to 12 months and specialise in training people who work in the rural sector and urban slums. 30-40 people can enroll in every training session. It specialises in training for ECCD services in deprived communities. It has also developed a stimulation kit that is given to every trainee after the training programme.
It also offers consultancy on ECCD services and training at the national and international levels. Its clients range from NIPCCD to country offices of the UNICEF.
TPF’s key focus is pre-literacy and literacy acquisition processes and strategies for resource-poor communities. Therefore, its research is linked mainly with pre-literacy and literacy acquisition processes in the Indian languages, as well as with school readiness issues. In 2002-2003, in partnership with NIPCCD, it participated in the ILO-IPEC-APSBP Action Plan for prevention of Child Labour Project executed in four districts of Andhra Pradesh. The project aimed to strengthen anganwadis as a crucial preventive method to contain the later-day drop-out rate in primary schools, and the consequent drift to child labor. As the training agency, TPF provided skills training in ECCE. Its paper on Early Warning Signals for prevention of child labor was disseminated to key functionaries in the ECCD sector and participating anganwadis were given a section of TPF’s Stimulation Kit.
TPF has a number of resources to share: documents, status reports, books, in-house films, teaching aids such as the Stimulation kit and training. Details of these are regularly updated on its website. Occasionally, it brings out a training newsletter to reinforce the training inputs given during the training programmes and to network the teachers it has trained. During the ILO-NIPCCD project, the newsletter was published every month. It encouraged teachers to contribute their ideas and use the newsletter as a teaching tool in the pre-schools. A unique feature of this newsletter was the poster it carried which could be used in the classrooms.