Dec 23, 2019

Creative Leadership at Ashraya

Inauguration of the Creative Leadership Launch
Inauguration of the Creative Leadership Launch

The last two months have been busy ones at Ashraya with festival fun and hobby classes for the ECCE children. This October saw the formal launch of of our Creative Leadership Programme. For the very first time Ashraya decided to address the issue of vulnerable, at-risk youth who are school drop-outs and channel their creative energies constructively. To commence this work Ashraya began to work on an Open School model to ensure that the drop-out children receive adequate life skill and employability training. Ashraya then collaborated with their team of psychologists and teachers and conducted meetings with the donor/stakeholder who was keen on discussing various ways of addressing vulnerable child dropouts. Along with this, on the side, there was consistent peer tutoring and counselling for children and their families.

 The Creative Leadership Program aims at bringing constructive change in children with behavioural issues and  children who are at risk of dropping out through transformative leadership training. Occasionally, children from the community dropout from school due to lack of motivation to study, delinquency or academic pressure and not being able to cope with it.  Instead of pressuring them to join formal education against their wishes, Ashraya decided to adopt a new strategy to engage such children. The project includes mentoring, remedial education, therapeutic session, counselling of parents to increase learning retention and employability. It consists of three phases:

1) The open schooling (learning and retention), 

2) Life skills and community involvement, 

3) Vocational skill development.

An inauguration was held to commemorate the launch which had consultants and experts from education and mental health fields who  were willing to contribute resources to launch the programme. They were very excited and enthusiastic to contribute to the programme by discussing the pros and cons of the model, challenges regarding availability of resources and how to address them, and ways in which we could strengthen and streamline the model and inculcate in into the formal curriculum at Ashraya. 

The major learning from this for Ashraya was that collaboration with other stakeholders/peers is a necessity to tap into resources. Ashraya will strive to address gaps in their existing programme by constantly approaching experts in the field to consult on upcoming projects for resource mobilisation and allocation. We aim to collaborate with more organisations for resources, capacity building and knowledge dissemination. 

Ashraya has discovered a new space where they have started working with children by teaching them life skills, mathematics and habit formation and counselling them. The programme has been on-going since October and has shown massive promise in terms of holistic reformation of the child’s emotional and psycho-social behaviour. The children have shown improvement in learning, retention, increased motivation, independence and employability under the guidance of the programme. The children have taken to the programme, attend classes and therapy regularly and are now looking forward to their bright future prospects!

Our expert panel engaged with the program
Our expert panel engaged with the program
Volunteer mentoring session at Open School
Volunteer mentoring session at Open School
Sep 23, 2019

Performance of Understanding for ECCE

POU June Parent Engagement activity
POU June Parent Engagement activity

Introduction to Performance of Understanding

Early Childhood Care and Education Programme conducted the first Performance of Understanding for June Month to conclude ‘All About Me’ theme. Parents were invited to spend a day in their child’s classroom. The aim of the event was to engage parents in their child’s school life and give them ideas to do the similar activities at home too. 90 per cent of the parents came to attend theevent.

The day started with parents and children coming and helping their children have breakfast. After finishing the breakfast, children along with their parents lined up for the Morning Prayer.Teachers encouraged the parents to sing the prayer and the National Anthem. The parents participated wholeheartedly.

The next activity of the day was circle time in their child’s classroom, where teachers took attendance and involved parents in talking about today’s date, weather and classroom rules. Teachers also discussed ‘All About Me’ theme and stressed on the importance of the theme and how various activities related to theme can be reinforced at home. The parents were also informed about their child’s daily routine.

After circle time the parents were shown their respective child’s performance folder, where a record of all activities done by them during the month are compiled. One of the activities was ‘All About Me’ Scrap book. Parents were asked to go through the scrap book and turn to the last page of the book, which, they were asked to complete with their children by making a family picture. The Parents and children participated enthusiastically and the results were veryastounding.

The day was concluded by displaying the best picture and asking parents if they had any queries with the teachers. The parents expressed their complete satisfaction over their wards progress and wanted this event to be held every month.

Follow up event

 

For the month of August the theme was 'Animals' for the pre primary students. As a response from the first event in June, once again parents were invited to spend a day at their children's classroom and get an update of their children's performance. 

After the breakfast and morning prayer conducted by parents, the next activity was circle time where teachers introduced the theme and told the importance of teaching about animals to children. Teachers also gave ideas to parents to reinforce the concepts with children at home, 

For parent engagement activity, parent and child partnered up to make a creative craft sample. The response & participation of parents was astounding. It was great joy to see parents and children collaborate & give life to creative ideas.

To conclude the day, teachers showed the parents their children's performance folder & explained each activity done by them. In addition, certain concerns were taken up with parents regarding their child's irregular attendance and health. Also, parents of upper Kindergaten children were asked to submit the document for their children's RTE admission by next month. Overall, the response and participation of parents in this event was spectacular.  

 

 

 

Toconcludethetheme‘Animals’forthemonthofAugust,parentswereinvitedtospend adayattheirchildren’sclassroomandgetanupdateoftheirchildren’sperformance. Theaimbehindthiseventwastoengageparentsintheirchildren’sschoollifeandgive themideastodosimilaractivitiesathomeaswell.77percentoftheparentscameto attend theevent.

POU June circle activity
POU June circle activity
POU August parent engagement activity
POU August parent engagement activity
POU august circle activity
POU august circle activity
POU august circle activity
POU august circle activity
Jun 25, 2019

A busy summer vacation!

Science experiement
Science experiement

This summer vacations there were multiple themes for the hobby classes. Ashraya also had many volunteers too coming from companies who were enthusiastic to help children build new skills. Below is a list of different sessions held during this summer:

 Science

The objective of the sessions was centred on science experiments and was to encourage and enable students to develop inquisitive thinking especially about the application of the topics from their academic curriculum. Also it helped in making the subject more interesting.

Students were given experiment kits based on various scientific principles or concepts. At least two experiments were performed every day. In one of the workshops, the children learnt how to build a water filter by using sand, pebble stones and coal. It was not only a lot of fun; it also taught them some practical craft skills. Considering that a lot of their families only have access to flowing water for 3-5 hours a day in their homes, this can be useful knowledge.

The students found this class and the activities very interesting. They would always look forward to the class the next day.

Dance

Dance which literally means “moving quickly and having fun” is the perfect way to incorporate exercise into kids’ lives in a fun easy way with numerous personal and social benefits.

Volunteers from BMC Software (an Information Technology company) held dance sessions for a month. The dance sessions involved high impact moves, like bouncing and jumping which became a workout. Students carefully followed and executed volunteer’s instruction. After the final class students were ready with completely prepared performances on different songs.

Students had a wonderful time during these classes and to express their gratitude to the instructors, arranged a mini farewell for them. They prepared beautiful hand-made cards to thank the volunteers for their efforts and time taken.

English

Another set of volunteers from ZS Associates conducted sessions to help student’s build fluent English communication skills. They started with the conventional way of teaching through an English curriculum though over a period of time they built a bond with children and introduced interactive activities which encouraged student’s to think and speak in English.

In one of the sessions students were given an English word and told to form sentences in a way that it all ties to become a story. In another session instructors picked objects from the surrounding and student’s had to make a sentence with respect to its usage. These session were fun packed where both students and volunteers had fun while learning and improving English skills.

Brain development

This is a new exercise introduced at Ashraya which aims to improve student learning skills through meditation. The instructor used various exercises to relax student’s mind and improve their memory power. She also explained them the science behind the memory power. There were also discussions about handling stress management during exams or performance pressure in academics. All these sessions helped student to build critical thinking skills and apply it in day to day academic assignments.

Farewell for the dance team
Farewell for the dance team
English communication workshop
English communication workshop
Interactive English sessions
Interactive English sessions
Dance session
Dance session
 
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