Shanti Sahyog


Shanti Sahyog Play / Pre Schools

It is a proven fact that those students who have not experienced the formal structure of a Pre School, perform poorly in primary and secondary school.  So, in July 2008, while working as a child education NGO in Delhi & to provide Pre School Education to underprivileged children (Underprivileged Child Education in Delhi, Slum Children Education in Delhi), we set up our: 

First Play/Pre School

Opposite Sudhar Camp Slum Kalkaji, New Delhi

We are very happy to report that since its inception, the School has progressed rapidly – both qualitatively and quantitatively. We started with 20 children, but today, our School has reached its maximum capacity of 120 students. The response from the parents has been over whelming. They are very eager to enrol their wards in our school, because of our excellent teachers, its convenient location and provision of the free mid-day meal, which we buy from ISKON, East of Kailash, New Delhi. 

Every year, since 2009, 30 students who pass out from our UKG get admission in primary school. We continue to sponsor their primary and secondary education and maintain their annual school report records. All this is to promote Underprivileged Child Education in Delhi, Slum Children Education in Delhi. Provide donations for children education or Sponsor Child education. 

Second Play/Pre School

Community Centre, 1st Floor DDA Flats Kalkaji, New Delhi

Seeing the success of our 1st Play/Pre School we started our 2nd one in Community Centre, DDA Flats Kalkaji in 2013. Students enrolled here are drawn from the 17 slums we work in – Kalkaji/Govindpuri area. As in our First Pre School, here too, 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.

Third Play/Pre School

1139 A, Chhuriya Mohalla, Tughlakabad Village, New Delhi

In July 2017, a generous grant from the Australian High Commission for school infrastructure enabled us to set up our 3rd Play/Pre School. Currently we have 116 children from the Village enrolled with us. On 12 Sept 2017, we were honored to have Ms Jenny Grant-Curnow, Political Counsellor, and Pallavi Nayek, DAP Administrator, Australian High Commission, New Delhi, to formally inaugurate our Play/Pre School. Our children gave them a traditional welcome after which they went round the School. The kids recited poems for them while the teachers briefed them about the school activities and syllabus.It was heart-warming to see Jenny take great pains to point out Australia on the world map, to tell the little ones she had come from Down Under! In her address to the Staff, she highlighted the importance of Pre-School Education.We are grateful to the Australian Govt. for helping us to give these underprivileged children a future, by this good start in their early formative years. Underprivileged Child Education in Delhi.

Extra-Curricular Activities

In all our Three Play/Pre Schools, extra-curricular activities – like music, dancing, painting and craft work – which combine learning with fun – form a vital part of the curriculum. They are taught and encouraged. Needless to say, our students enjoy these classes immensely. Religious Festivals and National Days are celebrated in all our Pre Schools.  Festivities on Diwali, Eid, X’Mas, Gurupurab and on National Days, for instance, Gandhi Jayanti, Independence Day  and Republic Day, help the children understand the importance of diverse beliefs, 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, ISKCON, Kalkaji and Birla temples etc.

All our Preschools follow Gandhi’s views on basic education –  Nai Talim – wherein students are taught along with the 3 R’s, dignity of labour; humility, empathy and respect for their teachers and school mates. Learning becomes fun through educational tools, building blocks, puzzles and games. Creativity is stimulated through extracurricular activities. The curriculum prepares them for entry into formal education. Help us and sponsor Underprivileged Child Education in Delhi

Free Mid-Day Meal

Our children are the promise of today and the hope of tomorrow

Since it is through education and subsequent employment that the children from the slums can break the cycle of poverty, we provide children from the 17 slums we work in and from Tughlakabad Village, access to Pre School and then Primary & Secondary Education in the following  schools:

Deepalaya, Sanatam Dharam Vidhya Bhavan, Gyan Mandir, Modern Savitri Public School, Shyama Prasad Vidyalaya, Delhi Tamil Education Association, Vijay Modern Public School, Sant Nirankari Public School, Ram Krishana Saraswati Vidhya Niketan.

Their education is sponsored by Corporates, PSU’s and Individuals who fund 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. Students are required to buy their text books and stationery themselves.  Our School Bus is donated by Engineers India Ltd. (2011)

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.

After school the students are helped with their homework and class tests in our ‘Bridging School’ (our Play/Pre School in Kalkaji doubles up as our Bridging School). National Service Scheme (NSS) student volunteers from nearby colleges – like Lady Sri Ram College, East of Kailash, New Delhi and Class XI students from Greenfields School, East of Kailash, New Delhi, Amity School & University, Jamia University, IIIT Delhi – also assist with our remedial teaching.

There is still a waiting list of over 600 children keen on going to school from our catchment area. Your help is needed in giving a slum child a future through education!

Non-Formal & Adult Education

Besides the remedial 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 Tuition 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. For instance, Nazma Praveen – passed Level 10 with 60% marks from National Open University. This is a great achievement for Nazma, who has not had the opportunity of formal schooling. Illiteracy is a major hurdle in the reach and success of any social development program. Illiterate women are often easy targets for exploitation. It is a great challenge for Shanti Sahyog to motivate women and girls to come out and study as they fear becoming the laughing stock in their families and community. However we have succeeded in making our beneficiaries understand the value and benefits of education.

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