09 Nov
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Help Children Learn

Caste, class, gender and physical abilities put hurdles in accessing education. AID works with its partners in making socially and culturally education accessible to all.

SCHOOL FOR CHILDREN OF MIGRANT WORKERS, UTTAR PRADESH

    

Apna Skools tries to help break the cycle of bondage in the children of migrant laborers. Apna Schools tries to make the process of teaching and learning interesting and fun. Teachers start with simple words that the children are familiar with, and then introduce alphabets. Besides blackboards, teachers use charts and colorful picture cards, that are made by teachers and students. Films, trips to zoos, museums, are part of the curriculum. Older children who are sufficiently scholastically advanced go to other schools.

– School goes where children are

– Immunization and regular health check ups

– 25 skools with 600 children (45% are girls)

– Migrant laborers now choose brick kilns where there is Apna Skool

HOSTEL & SUPPLMENTARY EDUCATION FOR TRIBAL GIRLS, GUJARAT

    

Even today the society discriminates against the girl child. For instance, in the tribal regions of the Panchmahals, Gujarat, young girls do not enjoy the same privileges as boys in access to nutrition, healthcare and education.

In order to address these issues Trust for Reaching the Unreached runs a hostel next to the high school where tribal girls can live & study. There are 110 girls today.

– A safe and nurturing hostel environment for young tribal girls

– Girls can concentrate on their education free of other distractions

– The girls get an opportunity to participate in many extra-curricular activities and field trips along with after-school supplementary coaching in various subjects

SOCIALLY CONSCIOUS CURRICULUM FOR PRIMARY SCHOOLS, MAHARASHTRA

    

Social studies teachers and students in nearly 1000 public schools in Mumbai use the Sangathi curriculum to discuss and debate questions about society, economics, history and development as it relates to their lives and their communities. Avehi Abacus has developed the curriculum and trains the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation school teachers in implementing it.

– Sangathi: learning and teaching kits used in 1000 municipal schools in Greater Mumbai; reaches out to 30,000 children & 1300 teachers

– Manthan: Pre-service teacher education

– Saath-Saath: Living together in harmony

– Curriculum promotes values of equality, social justice, gender sensitivity, secularism, communal harmony and human rights

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FOR RURAL CHILDREN, WEST BENGAL

    

Swanirvar has been working intensively for the last 12 years in 6 villages  with thousands of students to become environmentally conscious citizens working with 665 students in 9 high schools.

– Swanirvar works with 665 students in 9 high schools

– Engages students in science, math, language and culutural activities

– Students learn skill sets beyond formal education in class to help them understand the needs of their community

– In classrooms and in the field students learn approaches of growing organic vegetable and flower gardens and learning about nutritional use of herbal plants. The families of these youth benefit directly.

– Manage resources for campaigns & rallies advocating for Right to Education (2009) and meeting with Panchayat members.

EDUCATION & REHABILITATION FOR DIFFERENTLY ABLED CHILDREN

    

Polio is eradicated but…there is cerebral palsy, poliomyelitis, muscular dystrophy, congenital anomalies. Parents of such children sometimes do not take them to the doctor or send them to school thinking that they will never be breadwinner for family. Society for Education for the Crippled was started with mission to provide opportunities to such children for education, learning a vocation, and becoming contributing and productive members of the society.

– Run 3 primary schools and 1 residential unit with more than 700 students

– Children get wholesome, nutritious food every day at the residential school

– Provides medical assessment, corrective-surgery and therapy

– Specially designed buses for the children

– Conduct workshop-vocational unit which includes Screen printing, Block Printing, Semi-precious jewelry Bead-work, Ceramic painting, computer courses etc. as per everyone’s capabilities

– Surveyed and identified physically challenged individuals in the rural areas who eventually walk out as confident breadwinners in their families

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