Open Up Development Program (OUDP)

Indian child undergoes multidimensional exploitation inflicted both at home and workplace; economically, sexually, personally, and educationally. This results in poor identity and self-worth of the child — Child and Adolescent Mental Health in Indian Context 2017.

Every child should be capable of understanding the choices in life that enriches their experience as a member of society. In Indian classrooms, a child often tackles situations where their thoughts and feelings are undermined with regards to their age. Hence, they do not learn how to recognize, manage, and develop their emotions, losing their power of expression and self-confidence, and growing up as adults who do not fully realise their potential. To address this barrier that inhibits the social and emotional growth of children, a strong emphasis on expression and dialogue with children is required. Beyond providing a space for speaking up and interacting, children should be able to connect their inner thoughts and master their own narratives. To achieve that change, it is important for the child to witness a strong inclusive experience where their thoughts and identity is validated.

The Process

Through an experiential learning workshop within classrooms, we engage children to create an accepting atmosphere, where they express their desires and emotions with their classmates. Children learn various ways in which they can express themselves and then set out to use these skills to identify and resolve challenges in their academic sphere.