Alindra Naskar started a school in a small village in West Bengal in 2005 with 35 children. Today there are about 450.
His 'New Life Centre' school has recently been awarded Secondary school status and this will have a huge impact on its future.
It has taken him years to have this status confirmed, involving many visits to government departments and numerous forms to be filled in, but following his vision of educating the children of this poor region, Alindra has been relentless in this pursuit.
This will mean that the children in his school, such as these older boys, will not have to transfer to the government school where 90% of them leave without any qualifications, but can stay at the New Life Centre and leave with qualifications, equipped to sustain themselves and their families.
By comparison, the government schools in this region of West Bengal appear woefully equipped and are left to their own devices. The New Life Centre provides a higher standard of education and a better chance of securing further education should these children want it.
This is the whole point; education is the key to a better future and Alindra has made that possible for these children who until now had little hope of escaping the poverty trap.
Wouldn’t you like to join with us and help create a better future for these children?
I personally write to you to thank you for Muko and HATW partnership. I am one of Muko teachers and I have been observing your different aids to Muko since 2010.
“Little by little an egg will walk” Muko was unknown school in terms of performances but due to your support: teaching and learning materials you give our school, different trainings you give teachers from our sector, aids for nursery, renewing the classes, painting rooms, the wall you recently started…
In Rwanda before 1994, English was not taught at primary level and only a few secondary schools taught it. This was due to the fact that Rwanda became a French speaking country after the Belgian colonization.
After 1994, many Rwandans came from exile with English language background in the way the government of Rwanda realized that there was need to teach English in schools at all levels. The government further decided to consider English as one of the national languages and a medium of communication in line with globalization because English is widely spoken in the world.
However teaching and speaking English encounter some problems like lack of text books, teaching and learning materials and well trained teachers.
Ceri’s visit to Muko was needed to enhance our capacity to teach and speak more efficiently English language. We were first nervous to speak to Ceri but two days later every teacher was excited to be trained by him. He is a skilled teacher with methods that were encouraging us to participate actively. He developed our speaking, listening, writing and reading skills. I appreciate how he uses the learner-centered method. I would like to ask you to send him again in November to help us.
I would also like to invite HATW to look how you can connect our school to one of UK schools whereby our students can exchange ideas through letters and emails later.
I have just received a report from Mrs. Sianga who initiated the project and manages the school on a day to day basis. I will therefore let her tell you about the project in her own words.
Pizz School had the vision of reducing the number of street kids, even if the school had a lot of challenges the idea was to save the children, since its inception the school has made an impact to a number of children in Monze and the impact of the project is now seen. It is just like a light placed on the top of the mountain and the number of children is increasing day in and day out. Currently the total number of children from Grade 1 up to Grade 9 is 380 at Pizz school. 11 pupils are in grade 11 under this project then 5 are in grade 10 (these children are being supported at local secondary schools). We are proud to say the school project aim has started bearing fruits - one of our pupils by the name of Mawini is now at university of Zambia under school of natural science.
The project is feeding the 380 children and as a result children's performance has increased.
The project is paying a number of teachers in order for them to manage teaching the children,
The project managed to maintain the school,
The project managed to increase the number of desks,
The project managed to build a strong room so that the children can write their exams at the same school.
The project managed to procure the science kit which is important for the children,
The project managed to procure a photo coping machine which is vital in any school.
The project managed to support the pupils with school uniforms.
The project managed to support a number of children with different types of clothes.
The project managed to pay for pupils in secondary schools.
The number of the children has increased and the challenge is food, because at the time when we were budgeting the number was not like this. Most of the schools in Monze are not offering the services which are offered here, hence the increase of the number. Everyday people are coming to ask for places for the children, but it is only that we don’t have enough classrooms of which we have limited the number of pupils.
There is a need to increase the number of teachers because they have introduced new subjects in Zambia. These are business studies - under this is: book keeping, accounts (office practice) computer lessons, agric and home economics. There is a need of buying new books for these lessons and we also need computers for the children because those who are in grade 9 this year have to write these subjects in the final exam.
Most of the children are coming from homes where the is no electricity and studying is a problem. We are requesting you to help us with solar lights. If we can have a number of them I think it can help and increase the number of children passing .
As the number of children has increased, there is a need to increase the number of desks.
Some children who passed this year have had no one to help them so far (to enable them to go to secondary school). It is a challenge because some can go back onto the streets.
In July we hope to send a team of volunteers to help with the building of a new classroom block – for which we have obtained separate funding. Please help us to continue to support this wonderful project and enable Mrs.Sianga and her team to bring an ever brighter light to the people of Monze.