The Jungle Jamboree at the Akansha School within the Sitaram Mill Compound Mumbai Public School was a filled with excitement as the KG and 1st standard students performed for parents, teachers, and community members at their end of year showcase. The event highlighted the culmination of a year of learning with students performing skits, songs, dances and poems – all in English – showing off all they had learned over the course of the year. A group of parents performed a special dance to show their appreciation for the teachers and staff.
After the performance, guests were invited to visit the classrooms where students waited at learning stations to answer math and reading questions from the guests. A year ago, these young learners hardly spoke a word of English. These interactive learning demonstrations showed that after a year of hard work, the students are now able to converse confidently with guests in English and apply their learning to different situations, not just recite memorized material. The students from impoverished neighborhoods in India are well on their way to a quality education to prepare them to reach their highest potential in life. The event highlighted the rigor, high expectations, joy and community involvement that makes this school an outstanding educational opportunity for undeserved students in the neighborhood.
Down the road, the 3.2.1 School was conducting teacher orientation as it prepares to open its doors to 120 KG and 1st standard students. With your support, the school was able to secure a reputable math curriculum from the TERC Company.
Your donation to EdVillage helps us further the work of the Akanksha and 3.2.1. Schools and share their best practices and learnings with like-minded school networks around the world. You are ensuring that more students from low-income communities receive a great education and for that, we sincerely thank you.
January is filled with the excitement of back to school time in South Africa. Students return to school with crisp uniforms, new books, sharpened pencils, and an eagerness to learn.
Unfortunately, few children from the shantytowns in Johannesburg and Cape Town have access to the same top-notch education as their wealthier peers. They do not see university in their future and are often forced to drop out of school to help support their family.
EdVillage Global Fellows Ross Hill and Bonisile Ntlemeza are changing that. They are leading schools that are committed to providing an excellent education to kids from the shantytowns, the kids that few believe can achieve at the highest levels, the kids no one expects to go on to university.
Their students dream of becoming doctors and engineers. Others want to teach and a one says she’ll be president someday. The schools that Ross and Bonisile lead encourage their students to dream big while providing the rigorous education necessary to make these dreams a reality. These students have their sights set on university and Ross, Bonisile and their staff of dedicated teachers are committed to ensuring each one achieves this goal. Your donation is helping make this possible. Equipped with books and provided reliable transportation, the students are able to attend schools regularly and focus on learning.
Great schools require great school leaders. Throughout 2012, EdVillage will continue to train and support more promising school leaders and schools who are committed to serving low-income children worldwide. We greatly appreciate your support that helps address education disparities around the globe and allows more students reach their full potential.