When we identified Alibaba during a community survey in 2007, he was 10 years old and left schooling in 2005 , while he was in first standarditself. Alibaba had lost interest in school due to some quarrel in school with his classmates. He comes from a poor family . Parents are poorly educated andhis elder siblings are also school drop-outs.
After consistent follow-up and motivation, he started coming to our ‘Play & Learn ‘ centre. Slowly he developed an interest in the centre due to the interestingapproach of the centre. Our next attempt was to re-enroll him in school. In June 2008, we re-enrolled him in school.
He used to attend school during the morning hours and continued to attend the IDEA centre during the afternoon hours. The remedial teacher gave individual attention to him whilethe Social Worker paid school and home visits till we realized he has well settled in school .
Within a short span of time, Alibaba showed remarkable progress in studies and became the monitor of the class . Pune Municipal Corporation runs Special schools for the talented and intelligent children from all the Municipal schools .
Admission to these special schools- Vidya Niketan is strictly through an entrance exam which is held after class 3.
Realizing the talent in Alibaba , the school teachers and IDEA’s teacher took extra efforts to prepare him for the entrance . As per ourexpectation, Ali got through the entrance and got admission in a Vidya Niketan School .
This is a story of how timely counseling and individual attention transformed a drop-out child to a ‘ Scholar child’ ! We all are proud of Ali !
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