The Education Ticket (E.T) System

The Education Ticket System is one of our most amazing and effective tools in making the children aware of their responsibilities and helps them realize that they can and are able to manage their lives in the long term.

We organize three sessions of informal education everyday:  One in the morning, another in the afternoon and the last one in the evening. These times allow the working children to catch one session before or after going to work. For each hour of informal class attended, the children get one educational ticket that they can trade in for everyday items.  The E.T. shop stocks single use soap bars, toothbrushes, sandals, football shoes, combs, gel, shampoo, pants, t-shirts, scarves etc.

The informal education’s specific goal is to empower the children with life skills in order to avoid the dangers of street life and with the fundamentals that will allow them to understand and fit into the society they live in.

 The lessons teach basic math and reading, English, human rights, children’s rights, self-management, Nepali, the legal system of Nepal, the importance of basic hygiene, the risks of using drugs, to name a few. We also present them with information on the general (politics, social and economical) situation of Nepal and on the social structure and the importance of the family. We help them to understand the responsibilities that being a citizen involves and educate them on their rights and duties.

These informal classes are also a good means of socialization – during the lesson the children interact between themselves and our educators are there to teach them how to behave with friends and how to communicate using appropriate language. If they so wish, they have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in front of their classmates. For example, they may want to report an important event that occurred in Nepal, to exercise their storytelling and public speaking abilities. One of the most important aspects of these classes is to teach them how to contribute to a small group, and how to cooperate and work with other children for the benefit of all.

The teachers and educators use simple and direct means of teaching. They use pictures and real stories; they discuss various topics at length with the children, and encourage them to participate by talking about their own experiences and how they managed them.

Thanks to this system, the children soon realize they receive many benefits from attending informal classes.  Rather than going outside to work, they can stay inside our premises where they are safe, and learn interesting and constructive skills with the added bonus of earning tickets to buy items they need. Even so, the children have to participate and be attentive during class otherwise the teacher has the right to take back their tickets.

Our vision is to employ this system to build up the children’s self-esteem by having them earn the things they need while learning skills that will be useful to them in their pursuit of becoming self-sufficient.  The children need to understand the importance of anticipating their everyday needs and retaining enough of their earnings to cover their basic necessities. By utilizing the ticket system they are adopting this mindset. It is also important to teach the children the economical importance of things, the difference between getting something for free and wasting it and preserving and budgeting their earnings.  They soon realize the sense of pride that comes with being the manager of their own money.

After launching the ET program they are more concerned about their personal belongings and possessions. They begin to value the things they have acquired as they have earned them. 

Examples of what the children can earn with the E.T. system:

Items

 Number of E.T.

Shampoo

1

Tooth Brush

3

Notebook

3

Pen

4

Battery

5

Underwear

8

Sandals

15

Scarf

15

Hair cut ticket

15

T-Shirt

30

Half pant

35

Towel

35

Watch

50

Football Shoes

85

Trousers

100

School bag

100