Bridging the Gap +
Rohini Ghadiok Foundation (RGF) initiated the program Bridging the Gap +. The program aims to create an environment that encourages and motivates these students to learn and stay in school and teach them IT skills that will help them get jobs and advance themselves in life. Learning Computers, English, Mathematics and Science are today’s skills and even jobs such as cashiers, receptionists and technicians all require these skills.
Students from the economically weaker sections (EWS) admitted to schools under Right to Education (RTE) Act, have an inherent disadvantage as they, most of them from urban slums are thrust into an environment totally alien to their background and social status. The education environment that used to be about books, chalk and the blackboard was the same for both the privileged and under-privileged but now the education environment for the privileged includes computers, which has given them an edge. In this area, under-privileged children are increasingly getting left behind resulting in an ever-widening gap. Also, given the fact that these students can neither be detained nor expelled from school as per the RTE Act, there is a strong likelihood of them leaving school at age 14 years with little or no skillsets.