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Dec 4, 2018

New Mobile Classroom for Out of School Children

Mobile Classroom at Chuna Bhatta construction site
Mobile Classroom at Chuna Bhatta construction site

We would like to begin with a big 'thank you' for the faith that you have placed in our work. Your magnanimous support has enabled us to enhance the scope and quality of our work, charting us to areas where the marginalised can be seen but are largely forgotten.

The infrastructure development in Dehradun city continues to draw migrant workers from other cities and states for livelihood opportunities. Children of these workers move along construction sites with their families. Interestingly, even though some of these children may be enrolled in their native village school, they have no access to education and remain absent for long periods of time and eventually drop out. Hence, the children of these migrant labourers remain deprived of their basic right to education.

Chuna Bhatta in Dehradun city is one such area where many migrant families have settled. As a response, Aasraa launched it new mobile learning project at Chuna Bhatta in August 2018. Our outreach team collects and brings children to the bus for mobile classroom learning. 25 out-of-school children, mostly aged between 6-8 years, are presently attending the project.

Subjects include Hindi, English and Mathematics. Computer Aided Learning (CAL), through a 40-inch LED TV screen installed in the bus, enables children to learn concepts faster and better. Attracted to the visual method of learning, children happily flock together to learn with greater interests. Nutrition in the form of banana is provided to all children.

The project in Chuna Bhatta has enabled us to bring the out-of-school children into education. We initially struggled to convince the families but our incessant efforts grew our project from 4 to 25 regular children in a short time. Our outreach efforts ensure that no child in the community is left without education.

Aasraa is highly indebted to all its well-wishers and supporters like you. You have enabled us to extend our support to 2,885 children today; from working in one slum with a motley group of 40 odd children to working with children from slums across the length and breadth of Dehradun. Our heartfelt gratitude for backing our endeavours and helping us pursue our dream of education for all.

Computer Aided Learning
Computer Aided Learning
Mobile Classroom
Mobile Classroom
Nutrition in Mobile Classroom
Nutrition in Mobile Classroom
Nov 20, 2018

Digital Learning at Unnayan Shiksha Kendra

New Computer Centre at USK
New Computer Centre at USK

Aasraa combines traditional teaching with modern technology. Our Computer Aided Learning program improvises and enhances the learning methodologies that we adopt for our slum and street children. We have noticed that access to easy, audio and visual learning tools has resulted in better retention of concepts and improved levels of understanding among children.

The relentless support from our donors like you have only strengthened the roots of our mission. As we step up for bigger goals in the coming new year, we consider it equally vital to review the impact of some of our recent introductions in our projects.

Unnayan Shiksha Kendra (USK), a school with limited resources, is located in the heart of one of Dehradun’s oldest and most crowded slum areas. Aasraa has been using the school premises to run one of its after school ‘Wings of Doon’ projects for the last 4 years.

The USK Wings project currently has an enrolment of 224 children (105 girls, 119 boys).

In April 2018, we set up a New Computer Centre at USK. Equipped with 15 computers, the centre has become an important medium to expose our children to technology and advanced learning tools. The classes in computer education are conducted every day. Basic concepts and applications of computer system are covered for classes 1-8.

In September 2018, we introduced the Tablets-based learning program at USK with 20 android tablets. The availability of affordable tablets has made it easier to use high quality e-learning materials with students while promoting self-paced learning. It brings about a transition towards a classroom being student-centric, with the teacher as a guide-by-the-side, in addition to his traditional roles.

The tablets are currently being used by students of class 5 and 6 for 1 hour every day. Hello English! App provides a simple lesson-based progress model where students solve various questions/quizzes that help them with everyday conversational English.

The impact of digital learning has undoubtedly added enormous value to our program. Children are grasping new concepts better through this audio-visual mode. Learning has become fun for them. Their grades are improving and we’re delighted to see our children, confident and smiling as they flaunt their wings of independence.

All is owed to our generous donors and well-wishers like you who have always rendered their valuable support to us. The unending encouragement we receive from you helps us strengthen our programs for our lovely children.

Learning with Tablets (1)
Learning with Tablets (1)
Learning with Tablets (2)
Learning with Tablets (2)
Computer Aided Learning
Computer Aided Learning
Sep 6, 2018

Aasraa Signs its First MoU with the Government!

Shaila Brijnath with State Project Director, SSA
Shaila Brijnath with State Project Director, SSA

Aasraa Trust reached another milestone in August 2018. We signed our much-awaited Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the State Department of School Education. The MoU affiliates all of our Street Smart projects as the Non-Residential Special Training (NRST) Centres under ‘Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan’ (SSA) for the out of school children aged 6-14 years. SSA is an Integrated Scheme of the government to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education at all levels of school education.

We are now a proud implementation partner of the SSA to prepare the underprivileged children for mainstreaming as per their age appropriate levels in Dehradun. Almost 200 children have been currently enrolled under the NRST program at Aasraa.

Taking forward our association with the government, we initiated another project at a government school to provide quality education to slum and street children. 85 children were mainstreamed into the Government Primary School on Chakrata Road for the academic year 2018-19. This brings the total strength of the school to 114.

With the kind permission of the Department of Education and generous support of individual and group donors, Aasraa renovated the government school building and gave it a new face. The school now looks spacious, brighter and cleaner.

Computer Aided Learning (CAL) is one of the important components of the project. We have installed a 50-inch LED screen dedicated to the CAL program. We have set a computer centre with 12 systems to introduce digital literacy to all students.

We have 5 qualified teachers and 2 helpers at the centre. Subjects include Hindi, English, Mathematics, Environmental Science and Computer Education.

Our children are growing and so are we… we attribute our success and achievements to our valuable donors and well-wishers like you. Thank you very much for helping us in our journey so far!

Mainstreamed students at Government Primary School
Mainstreamed students at Government Primary School
Computer Aided Learning
Computer Aided Learning
Renovation of school building (work in progress)
Renovation of school building (work in progress)
Renovated School Building
Renovated School Building
Class in progress
Class in progress
 
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