In a region that sees an unprecedented ratio of women dropouts from school, where 60 million children are out of school, with 1 in 4 girls out of school by age 15 and 40% out between 15-18 years, some of the main reasons for dropping out involve low self-esteem, lack of goals and academic and family pressures.
Just Play India aims to bridge the gap via mentorship through its Sport program. We help economically weaker and migrant children gain access to sport (Ultimate: a sport using a flying disk) and personalized mentorship support in the format of a 16-week training program. Our sport program is to improve their physical health, while the weekly mentorship program helps impart life skills, emotional health and self-confidence, with an aim to keep them in school longer and dream bigger.
Given the lockdown due to COVID-19, our flying disk workshop was delayed. Yet with the support from the IOC Young Leaders programme team and Panasonic, we began on Olympic Day, 2020, with our partner schools with support of breakout rooms on Zoom. Currently in partnership with government schools supported by Teach for India fellows, our children have shown tremendous receptivity to new ideas, and are eager to seek help from their mentors and gain knowledge.
Mentoring the most underprivileged adolescents, by inculcating respect for all genders, ability to dream big, set goals and succeed via Dedicated mentors, max 1:4 (Mentor: student ratio). Please see here for details.