The ELC program is specifically designed to support the out of school students / dropouts to pass class 10 especially in the areas where there are no alternative models like night schools or other platforms are present. The ELC model is similar to the NSTP model, keeping high focus on supporting the students to prepare for Class 10 exams. This model can be run with Govt. Partnership as well as with the community partnership.
Masoom proposes to start the ELCs in different parts of Maharashtra where there are no existing Night Schools and reach for alternate opportunities such as open schools or NIOS starting from Mumbai and Pune City. Purpose is to create an opportunity for drop-out students to complete their 10th standard either through the state board. These ELC’s will largely focus on catering to the social needs of the students by helping them learn life skills, soft skills, vocational skills where education will be a bi product. ELCs offer one to two years opportunity to such students to learn holistically and gain better life skills along with the Class 10 Certificate.
We have set up 9 ELC centres in total at Ahmedabad and Bhavnagar in Gujarat; Mumbai and Pune in Maharashtra. Over the course of next 3 years we plan to start 20 ELCs in different states of India catering to 5000 out of school adolescents/youth.