Inside the Observation Home, Umerkhadi many children in conflict with law (CCL) and children in need
of care and protection (CNCP) are admitted under the provisions of the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection
of Children) Act, 2015 by the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) or the Child Welfare Committee(CWC). Children
are provided with basic needs and are given attention so that their overall behaviour improves inside the home.
However, sometimes when the children are at the home, they are often deprived of their learning years as no
school is ready to admit them. Their cases go on for many years in the Sessions Court, or until a verdict is
made by the JJB. One boy, by the name of Tejas (name changed to protect identity) was one of the children
who was brought to this home on the 13th of March 2016. While the investigation of the child’s case was going
on, the superintendent of the Home was confident that this child could study. Thus, the court granted the child
the permission to pursue education and allowed him to give his examination.
The National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS), Delhi was then approached for this child. This is one of the largest Open Schooling system for Secondary and Senior Secondary candidates. Those who have passed from NIOS are eligible to take admission in any regular school or college for further education. Tejas was allowed to give the NIOS exam at the Borivali exam centre which was coordinated by the Observation Home, Umerkhadi authorities and the Light Arms Police force to reach him for his exams.
The joint effort of all the authorities like Kamalkar Phand ICDS (Integrated Child Development Scheme), Pravin Bhavsar (CO), Trupti Jhadav (Superintendent), Rangnath Kulkarni (Chief Probation Officer), Amar Khajbage (Probation Officer), etc bore fruit when Tejas successfully passed his secondary school examination with 58 percent. He got his results on the 16th of December 2017. This is the first time in the history of the home that a child has passed his 10th standard examination while staying at the home. This boy is now become an inspiration to all the other 450 children inside the home to continue and complete their education.