USO Co-Action Learning Centre

A Centre run by USO for the children and women of the basti in East Delhi.

What is USO Co-Action Learning Centre?

USO runs an Open Literacy Centre for the impoverished in Rajiv Gandhi Camp, Basti Vikas Kendra, Chitra Vihar, East Delhi.  Operating since February 1992, USO has been allotted 2 rooms in this Delhi ‘jhuggi cluster’.  A small neighbourhood of approximately 800 jhuggis, and 5000 people, this Centre aims to provide non-formal education to children and vocational training to women of the area.  USO also distributes jiuce, milk, fruits, snack etc. to both the children and young women after classes.  For Diwali and other major festivals, sweets are distributed to all children, and during winter time, sweaters are given to all who attend regularly.  Our Centre is fully-equipped with blackboards, fans, sewing machines and study desks.

Imparting Literacy

Taught by USO appointed teachers, there are 2 types of classes held for the children:

  • Non-formal education in the form of reading, writing and math for  the children of the area who do not attend school. After attaining a certain level, USO then assists them obtain admission at nearby government aided school.
  • Remedial classes are provided to children already attending school, but are unable to afford tuition classes. Our teachers help strengthen reading, writing, and math skills.

Skill Development

The young women of the area are provided vocational training in the form of tailoring classes, knitting, mehendi application and beautician classes. These activities help women acquire an employable skill. 

Several young girls, as their way of giving back, have returned back to USO Co-Action Learning Centre as teachers. They then pass on their skills that they have acquired over the years to the new batch of students.

The Centre in Action...



600+ Children attend our Centre on a daily Basis

Sewing machines


500+ women have been trained at our Centre

Radhu Palace


200+ children Have been admitted to Delhi Public School

Community Camps

Dental and Health Awareness Camps are routinely organized in collaboration with Department of Public Health, Delhi.

Our Recent Activity

Founder's Day Celebration

January 27, the birthday of late Mr. Jiya Lal Jain, founder Secretary General of USO, was celebrated as Founder’s Day.  The teachers and students from Chitra Vihar visited USO House where they performed cultural programs.  Students also received gifts and prizes. We are very appreciative that PVR NEST supported USO efforts by arranging for screening of ‘Tanhaji: The Unsung Hero’ at PVR Cinema, EDM, Ghaziabad.

How It All Began

Visualized by Late Mr. Jiya Lal Jain, Founder Secretary General of USO, the first Centre was established to prevent young children begging at the traffic lights near Institutional Area. Around the same time, UNESCO also started a program ‘EDUCATION FOR ALL BY 2000’. In response to the same, USO decided to set up an education centres in and around Delhi in slum areas.

  • The first Centre was set up in February 1981, in the densely populated area of Trans Yamuna colony, called Janta Mazdoor Camp, Jafrabad, Seelampur, on the outskirts of New Delhi.
  • The second  Centre was opened in November 1991 in Prayog Vihar, West Delhi.

Since these two centres have completed their mission, they were closed in February 1992.

The Centre at Chitra Vihar was initially setup at USO House for a brief period of time.  A teacher was appointed to teach children  living in the neighbourhood ‘jhuggis’. These children would come every day to study (reading, writing, math), and as a reward would be given juice and snacks before leaving.