Hippocampus Reading Foundation

To promote reading for underprivileged children through the creation of libraries and librarian training. To change the way children learn in rural India through education centres that are run after school hours To create livelihood opportunities for young women in villages through teacher training.
Nov 16, 2016

Winning with a holistic education

A child using a broomstick to clean the premise
A child using a broomstick to clean the premise

“Cleanliness and order are not matters of instinct; they are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them” – Benjamin Disraeli

Dear well-wishers…  

Nothing could sum up the meaning of holistic education and the importance of teaching the future of tomorrow the importance of cleanliness. The dream many a visionaries of the nation has been a clean nation. While Swachh Bharat (#MyCleanIndia) was launched by the Prime Minister of the country two years ago, a lot of people believed that it was just a political gimmick. 

Today, students at Hippocampus Learning Centres Pvt. Ltd. know what it means to keep their classrooms, surrounding, and home clean. Yes, it might have started as an event towards which studnets might have been oblivious, but with a periodic repetition, the students successfully made a shift in the mind-sets of their own home and community.

Dusshera (Vijayadasami), is celebrated in a variety of ways in South India. It is seen as a day to express gratitude for success in life. Celebrations range from worshipping Durga to displaying colorful figurines, known as a golu. To respect the deities' sacrifices, Hindus revere small statues of Gods and Goddesses during the festival.
In Karnataka, the first term gets over right before the Dusshera vacation. This also marks the completion of 1st term of our Kindergarten Program across our centres.

Deepawali marks the victory of light over darkness, knowledge over ignorance, and good over evil. As our Children celebrate Diwali, with the purity in their heart they wish everyone goodness.

After an incredibly busy summer, the completion of training 300 new teachers alongwith the old ones, settling children in the classroom and using technology to move to a data driven organisation, Hippocampus is all set to make a move towards working on excellence across all the students - in our own centres, in the partners with our schools, and students across the franchisee centres. 

Golu Festival
Golu Festival
Golu Festival - Dusshera
Golu Festival - Dusshera
Diwali + State Formation Day
Diwali + State Formation Day
Aug 5, 2016

BUSY SUMMER AT HIPPOCAMPUS LEARNING CENTRES

Teachers canvasing for enrollment in villages
Teachers canvasing for enrollment in villages

The month of April rings in a quiet period with the laughter of the children who have finished their academic year sorely missing at the centres. But, behind the scenes, it is also a time of frenetic activity going on.

300 new teachers were hired, trained and ready to shape young minds. They became brand ambassadors reaching out to the neighbouring villages, talking to the communities about the importance of early childhood education and ensuring that children enroll in our centres. HLC opened up 58 new centres in Karnataka, 21 centres and 5 partner schools in Maharashtra to welcome more children into our family for the coming year.

Workshops for 400 existing teachers.

Albert Einstein said “It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge.” Teaching young minds requires not only passion but also a good understanding of pedagogy and purposeful planning. To achieve this, professional development workshops were conducted for teachers who had spent more than two years. Ensuring that all of this is recorded and analyzed for improving our performance is important. So, tablet usage and attendance/assessment modules on the tablets were rolled out.

With all these done, a bright new academic year has begun in June in Karnataka and July in Maharashtra.

New preschool centres opened to welcome children
New preschool centres opened to welcome children
Development and training workshops for teachers
Development and training workshops for teachers
Teachers at a training workshop
Teachers at a training workshop
Mar 21, 2016

ANNUAL DAYS AT HIPPOCAMPUS LEARNING CENTRES

As the academic session 2015-16 comes to a close, bringing with it the rush of year end assessments and reflection, it also beckons the ritualistic Annul Day event at each of our centres.

Across the 230 villages we work with, these annual days spread over February and March have become more than a ‘centre’ activity. In most places, the entire village throngs to watch our little children perform dances and skits. The teachers and the field staff put days of effort to pull off the evening of celebrations. From sponsoring the stage, prizes, chairs etc. in cash or by volunteering to help in kind with the logistics and networks, the parent community takes complete ownership of the event and it is nothing less than a festival. Community members not associated with Hippocampus Learning Centres participate with equal enthusiasm encouraging the children and teachers.

All our children, in the Kindergarten and after school programs, with confidence and pride display their years’ learning. It is endearing to watch all the hard work for the year by our teachers and the students culminate in the one evening that acts as an indicator of change – of community acceptance and ownership, and most of all the pushing each of our sense of possibility.

Do take a look at our selection of Annual Day pictures from a few centres 

With appreciation for your continued support of our children,

Shruthi

 
   

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