Our MissionQuality Education for Urban Slums

Play/Pre School Education In July 2008, on popular demand from the parents residing in Sudhar Camp slum, Kalkaji, we started our Play/Pre-School based on Gandhi's Nai Talim (system of education) with 20 children, aged 3 to 5 years. A grant from the HRD Ministry helped us improve our School both qualitatively and quantitatively - with the number rapidly increasing to 92 and today to 120.

Conveniently located opposite Sudhar Camp slum, the children from Sudhar Camp cross the road from their homes to spend quality time with our teachers from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. While the 3 year olds (Nursery A & B) are taught nursery rhymes and kept busy with drawing, painting and educational toys like building blocks, puzzles and games, the older ones (LKG & UKG) are taught the Hindi & English alphabets, words, sentences, counting, basic math to prepare them for admission into Std 1 in regular schools.

A free mid-day meal is also provided.

Extra Curricular Activities - like music, dancing, painting & craft work - which combine learning with fun and are enjoyed immensely by the children - form a vital part of the curriculum. Celebration of Religious Festivals like Diwali, Eid, X'Mas, Gurupurab and National Days like Independence and Republic Days help the children understand the importance of diverse beliefs and cultures and national history. Children are also taken on Educational Trips and Picnics. They have been to Children Park at India Gate, Rajghat, Bal Bhawan, Dolls Museum, Rail Museum, Lotus, ISKON, Kalkaji & Birla temples.

Visitors to the School are visibly amazed by the overall cleanliness of the School premises as well as the children themselves. One often hears the remark that the children hardly look like slum residents. Their politeness, good manners and learning skills are also very impressive. Through the years there is a marked change in the behavior and conduct of our children. Kudos to our teachers for their devotion and patience to bring out the potential of these children!

Secondary Education for children 6-18 yrs It is through education and subsequent employment that the children from the slums can break the cycle of poverty. We have made a small beginning by sending about two hundred children from the slums we work in to private schools like Deepalaya, Sanatam Dharam Vidhya Bhavan, Gyan Mandir which are located near the slums we work in. Their education is sponsored by Corporates, PSU's & Individuals.

Initially, it was hard to persuade the parents to send their children to school, since their meager earnings through petty household work added to the family kitty. However, our counselors ultimately succeeded in persuading these poor illiterate parents of the long-term benefit of education. We are funding the school tuition fee, as also the private tuition to complement and sustain the learning from school, as well as school transportation to ensure that the children attend the school regularly; we also provide summer and winter school uniforms, text books and stationery etc. Our School Bus is donated by Engineers India Ltd.

After school the students are helped with their home work and class tests in our 'Bridging School' ( our Play/Pre School doubles up as our Bridging School). National Service Scheme (NSS) student volunteers from nearby colleges - like Lady Sri Ram College, East of Kaillash, New Delhi and Class XI students from Greenfields School, East of Kailash, New Delhi - also assist our tuition teachers in educating our students.

There is a waiting list of over 600 children keen on going to school from the 17 slums we work in!!`

Non-Formal Education & Adult Education
Besides the private tuition provided in our Bridging School in Kalkaji, we also run classes for school drop outs and give tuition to underprivileged children from nearby schools - both government and private - in our Gender Resource Centre in Kalkaji.

Adult Education classes are held for women who have either never gone to school or dropped out from school at an early age. They are taught and encouraged to get a formal secondary school degree through Indira Gandhi Open university (IGNOU) which will help them get employment..