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Sports day in school!!
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Aarohi Bal Sansar - A Model Rural School

Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS) was started in 1994 with just 2 teachers and 8 students, today it serves 136 children from 19 of the remotest villages of Uttarakhand. It has 20 members of staff, and all are local. The school’s vision is to provide “holistic development of personality in a joyful environment”, ensuring that every child is nurtured in a “no fear” environment with the freedom to learn. Although there is a government school in almost every village in the mountains, the quality of the education gives little chance for improved livelihood options. Rote learning and standard examinations do not give children the space to develop critical thinking skills, and lead to a high dropout rate.  At ABS, our goal is to provide the right dynamic intellectual environment where students are given the opportunity to grow.

 

Highlights for the Year 2015

Academic Performance: We had 240 days of teaching, with focus on sports and co-curricular activities.  Our students approached their class-work and projects very eagerly.  We saw an improvement in the overall attendance this year.  We observed a marked improvement in our students’ writing, listening, and reading skills in language learning. We saw that more than 50% of our children academically fall in the categories of excellent, very good and average in the core subjects of Hindi, English and Mathematics, despite being first generation learners and coming from extremely poor households. The overall academic achievements for the core subjects in the last academic year:

Hindi: 79.5% of our students from class 1-8 scored above 50% marks in Hindi.  Of this 25.7% scored between 71-85%, and 18% were extraordinary performers and received marks in excess of 85%. 

English: 68% of our students from class 1-8 scored above 50% in English, and of this 25% exceeded expectations (71-85% marks), and 13% obtained extraordinary scores (above 85% marks). 

Maths: 67% of our students from class 1-8 scored above 50% in Maths, of this 23% scored between 71-85% and 17% were extraordinary- scored above 85%. 

 

Scholarships: More than 50% of our students are supported through scholarship programs5 out of 9 of our primary school teachers are professionally qualified through our scholarship program.

Aarohi Bal Sansar Scholarship: The annual cost per scholar is INR 10,000/-.  Last year we added 10 students and now cover a total of 58 students under this program. School fees, uniforms, books, stationery, health-checkups and nutritional supplement three times a week get covered under the scheme.

Almora Scholarship Program: The annual cost per scholar ranges from INR 40,000- 70,000/- per year.  Last year we added 2 new students and have a total of 16 students supported currently.  These scholarships are offered to girls and boys who are academically high performers and are interested to continue their education beyond class 8 in reputed schools in Almora.

Ilya Scholarship: Offered to students from Class 4- 8 with exceptional talent in music, arts, crafts, theatre, dance, sport or exhibiting special qualities like leadership, curiosity, punctuality etc.  The annual scholarship amount is INR 1000/- per child and we currently have 10 children covered under this program.

Seema Nazareth Scholarship: Girls with limited financial means, and wishing to pursue graduate- level or vocational education, are offered an annual scholarship of INR 10,000-25,000/-.  Last year we sponsored a girl for a Nursery Teacher Training diploma at Jingle Bells School, Faizabad.

Room To Read: Girls who are high academic performers and wish to pursue their education till class 12, but have limited financial means are covered under this program.  School fees, uniforms, study materials and health check-ups are covered.  We added 8 new students and had a total of 14.  This figure has reduced from last year as the program is winding down.

 

Remedial teaching program: Last year we started with dedicated remedial teaching programs for Mathematics, English and Hindi.  We identified the slow learners early in the academic year and provided them with focused teaching in smaller learning groups.  The attention helped bring about remarkable changes in their comprehension, reading and writing abilities.

Co-curricular Activities: Our students had the opportunity to learn folk dances, play the local musical instruments (dholak, nangri and the drum).  Through the year they celebrated festivals, and important occasions by participating in elocution, speech and poetry competitions.  Learning traditional music and dance forms, helped instill a sense of achievement and pride among our children. 

Timeless Life-skills Workshop: Atul Pant is an Education Innovator and the Founder of Timeless Lifeskills, United Kingdom.  Atul has been visiting ABS and conducting workshops which are innovative and affordable learning solutions to impart life skills essential for success. He was here last December and carried out a 4 day workshop on ‘Tinkering with Electronics & Circuits – Thinking like a Scientist’.  The children not only learnt the content in a fun, hands-on way but also learn inter-disciplinary skills. The underlying objective was to make students aware of how Scientists think. The students learnt the basics and tinkered with different electronic components like bulbs, motors, LEDs, buzzers and switches to understand concepts like conductors and insulators, polarity, parallel and series circuits, voltage and current. They then moved to creating Electronic Art by embedding LEDs into paper circuits using copper tape and button cells. This idea of “Electronic Art” was inspired by MIT Media Lab's project.  Students used different types of material to create Electronic Art & Craft. For example, conducting dough made from ordinary flour (aata) mixed with salt was used along with play dough. Students then made simple Electronic Toys, for example the “Scribbler Bot” – a machine with a vibrating motor and sketch pens that scribble when the motor is switched on. Ultimately the workshops were all about imagination, creativity and collaboration – Timeless Lifeskills!  

Health & Nutrition: We offer nutritious snacks thrice a week in the school.  Along with this we organize cooking lessons and this helps children to learn about the nutritive value of traditional cuisine and a balanced diet.

Sports: Our large sports playground in the school campus, indoor multipurpose hall with a badminton court is open to more than 1,500 youth and children from 20 neighbouring schools. 

- Our school came first in Athletics, Kabaddi and Kho-Kho in the local area.

- Both our boys and girls primary teams stood first in Kho-Kho at the district level.  These 6 boys and 6 girls then got to play Kho-Kho at the state level.

- Our girls Kho-Kho team of 6 girls came 2nd in the state level participation.

- 2 girls (Sakshi Gutholia from village Chhatola, and Hema Bisht from village Peora) got selected at the state level for Kabbadi and received medals and certificates.

 

Mentors and Volunteers: Our volunteers engage with our children on a daily basis to read them short stories, and help to improve their English reading and comprehension skills.  We have a team of mentors for English, Hindi and Mathematics.

Infrastructure: We added a multi-purpose hall which has indoor sports facilities and it will also serve as a space for holding indoor cultural events at the school and community level.  We also have a recycled-tyre playground, library, computer centre equipped with 16 desktops, including a Dell server.

 

Looking Ahead & Challenges

Aarohi Bal Sansar continues to be un-aided and solely survives on private donations.  We have come a long way over the past 2 decades and can boast to be the best in the region in terms of infrastructure, academics, sports, cultural and other co-curricular activities leading to the holistic development of children. Looking ahead, our goals in the medium term are:

  1. Achieve high academic performance, dealing with the challenges of first-generation learners through investing in capacity building of our teachers and strengthening our mentoring program.
  2. Reach out to resource people to develop and strengthen context based and bilingual language learning.
  3. Sustain teacher salaries in order to check attrition rates.
  4. Expand our sports facilities and strengthen the curriculum to include football, basketball, cricket and badminton training. Improve upon volleyball and mountain cycling trainings.
  5. We are now primed to scale up and create an Aarohi Education Outreach initiative, and share our knowledge base with other private and public schools in more remote areas.

We aspire for a partner who will share our vision and our future goals and commit to help bring holistic education and state of art sports opportunities to these parts of rural Kumaon.

 

 

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Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS) School Children
Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS) School Children

1     EDUCATION

These past 6 months our Mathematics Remedial coordinator and our education volunteer have been helping us to collate, tabulate and analyze an assessment of our Half-Yearly examination data for our school.  The data has been collated from the past three academic years. 

Our overall goal for carrying this out was to:

  • Assess the level of student achievement in the three core subjects: Hindi, Mathematics, and English.
  • To identify gaps in record collection.
  • To analyze trends in present examination data.
  • To improve learning outcomes using measurable goals.
  • To move towards a holistic assessment of student and teacher performance.

In classes 6-8 in the current academic year, 56%, 47%, and 44% of students achieved at least ‘Meets Expectations’ in Hindi, Maths, and English respectively. We would like to set a target where at least 70% of all children at ABS are able to meet expectations. As is apparent from the results, we have our work cut out for us.

In classes 3-5 the percentage of students meeting expectations or above is 51% in English, 42% in Maths, and 53% in Hindi. Our key focus is on Classes 3, 4, and 5. Students at this age are at a critical stage of development in learning styles, study habits, and memory formation.  These students can also be tracked over a longer period of time, allowing teachers, school staff, and Aarohi management to better determine the efficacy of changes to test design and teaching methodology.

We also realized that there are a number of challenges and limitations we encountered in carrying out this assessment. Some of these areas are:

  • There are gaps in our data.
  • Lack of transparency in test design, learning outcomes measured, and grading policy.
  • Current grading scale is leniently applied.
  • Strictness of marks varies from teacher to teacher and from year to year.
  • Uncertainty around a class teacher leaving the school in mid session.

In order to improve learning outcomes in the three core subjects we are providing our remedial teaching to the weaker students before their final exams in March 2016.

 

1.2Extra- Curricular Activities

Our students hadthe opportunity to learn local dances, play musical instruments and participate in competitions.  On 2nd October we organized a House-wise speech competition on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti (Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary).  Later the same month we organized Poetry recitations for Classes 3-8 on the occasion of Hindi Diwas.  Our students participated in a school-wide “Aepan” (local Kumaoni traditional hand painted art form) competition on 14th November as part of our Children’s Day celebrations.

 

Year-end School Event: Exposure trip for our Class 8 students

Our children got an opportunity to perform at the Dastkar Winter Carnival in Delhi on the 19th of November. They performedtheir local folk dances, set to popular Kumaoni melodies to an enraptured Delhi audience. The next day, the group left for Vrindavan where theywere hosted by Mr. Om Prakash Malik and Mrs. Santosh Malik, who left no stone unturned in ensuring a warm hospitality for all our students. A visit to Agra was on Day 4. They spent time atFatehpurSikhri and learnt the historical significance of the monument, followed by a trip to the magnificent TajMahal! The Blind School, New Delhi, hosted their stay and it was a humbling & sensitizing experience for both our children and our faculty to see them go about their daily chores with such ease and comfort. All in all this was a very eventful trip!

 

1.3   Bal Sansar Scholarship

The Bal Sansar Scholarship Program was started in 2008-09 with just ten students. We now have 58 students whose costs of education at Aarohi Bal Sansar are completely supported under this program. We have a total of 16 children out of 58 who are presently undergoing remedial tuition classes to improve their studies.  Earlier this month, we met with their parents and advised them that their continuation of the scholarship is based on a yearly review of children’s academic progress and Aarohi’s availability of funds. We shared with them that should the children not improve in their performance (score above 50% overall), their scholarship would be discontinued.

 

1.4 Volunteers

Anne Hammond

Anne joined us as a volunteer in October of this year.  She has graduated from the University of Miami in May 2014 with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Mathematics.  Prior to coming here, Anne has been tutoring children and college students for over 3 years. In college, she worked with student athletes on study and organization skills, tutored them one-on-one in algebra, statistics, calculus, and higher level math courses, and worked with her supervisors to develop group study sessions for extra help. She has worked with children aged 6-17 on both math and reading. Anne has worked both one-on-one (with older students) and in groups of 5-10 teaching lessons and providing extra practice with concepts they learned in school. Anne will be with us till May 2016. 

Madhuri Vijaykumar

Madhuri is a volunteer from Mumbai, she was with us for 3 months, starting in August last year.  Madhuri has 8 years of work experience in the development sector.  She was previously working with HSBC as Associate Vice President, Corporate Sustainability, and was responsible for running HSBC’s global education programme for street children and orphans.  Madhuri has worked with not-for-profit organizations in London and Bangalore.  She has a Master’s degree in Social Policy and Planning from the London School of Economics and Political Science. 

While at the school, Madhuri was coaching our English teachers - helping build their confidence levels in speaking the language and improving their grammar.  She also read English to Class 3 students.  With guidance from Aarohi, Madhuri made a short five-minute documentary film on one of our ABS teachers.  The film is titled “Kamla: A Change-maker at AarohiBalSansar”, the link is shared below.

(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSwYQwkhZPA)

 

1.5 New Joiners

Ravi Shankar Yadav

A civil engineer by profession, Ravi graduated in 2011 andworked for 4 years in his hometown Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh, before joining Aarohi.Ravi was taken on to work with us as a technical assistant on our home-stay projects, but in his heart he is a teacher and wanted to get involved in the school.  Since November 1, Ravi has been taking remedial classes inMaths for classes 5-7, and helping the teachers in Maths for classes 3-5, as per need.  He will also be liaising closely with our Maths mentor to improve teaching-learning of the subject in our school. Ravi is responsible for maintaining and managing the database of the school’s overall performance in the examinations.

NehaThapa

Neha joined ABS on December 1, 2015.  She is presently taking English remedial classes for 3 and 4, and teaching English to classes 7 and 8.  Over time she will be taking on teaching Health and Nutrition to our students.  Neha has completed her Bachelor’s in English from Modern College, Pune and she has a Master’s degree in Psychology from Kumaon University, Almora.  Prior to joining us, she was teaching English and Psychology in Kumaon Public School, Dwarahat, near Ranikhet- Almora district.

 

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Deepak, our Sports Teacher
Deepak, our Sports Teacher

In the last report, we shared with you, the annual review, which detailed the progress of Aarohi Bal Sansar and the Scholarships Program for the year ending 31st March 2015. The goals outlined for the short-term included building teacher capacities, laying greater emphasis on sports and outdoor activities, continuing to focus on music, dance and art as an important part of the curriculum and improving interaction with the families of the students and community at large. We also planned to introduce an individual monitoring mechanism for students and teachers. In the medium term, we identified five areas to improve on our learning outcomes, namely effective lesson planning by teachers, differentiation in order to address multiple learning levels in each class, developing better reading habits of children and teachers, inclusion of creative teaching methods and continuously improving infrastructure to aid academic and extracurricular learning. We also planned to explore opportunities to integrate vocational learning as a discipline within the curriculum. Finally, we sought to introduce a structured mentoring program for teachers.

 

Progress Highlights (April to June 2015)

The progress made in the last quarter, against the short-term and medium term goals is as follows:

Short term: 

Sports and Outdoor Activities

The 2nd annual Aarohi Kumaon Himalaya Ride took place between 3rd and 5th April 2015,

through which riders from around the world raised over INR 260,000 (approx. GBP 2,600). The funds help Aarohi pay better salaries to their teachers, bring e-learning curriculum to a rural school like Aarohi Bal Sansar, hire a dedicated sports teacher and much more. We hired a new sports coach Deepak, who joined us in April this year. Deepak has successfully carried out intensive sports training of students from Class 3 to 8 in athletics (long jump, running, javelin etc.), Kho-Kho, Kabaddi, Volley Ball, and Cycling. Awareness on diet has been given special emphasis, as a result of which children are now bringing more wholesome carbohydrate and protein rich food in their tiffin boxes. Monthly sports rallies (intra-school sporting competitions) are being organised to prepare children to part-take in sports at the State level. In addition, we have also been working closely with youth in the region, as a result of which the strength of the youth group has grown from 120 to 170 in a short span of three months. Of these, 80 boys and 60 girls have been successfully trained in cycling in preparation for next years Kumaon Himalaya Ride.

Music, Dance and Culture

In addition to Kumaoni folk dance, the teachers have also been introducing folk dance and music from other parts of India. Rajasthani folk dance was taught to Classes 3, 4 and 5. For Class 6, the curriculum focused on drama as majority of the children were interested in theatre. ‘Bihu’ which is an Assamese folk dance, as well as Bhangra (Punjab), and Dandiya (Gujarat) were taught to class 7 and 8. In theory, topics of Kumaoni traditional architecture, food, and attire were introduced wherein traditional practices and their practical value were discussed with the children. In Music, children learnt and performed Kumaoni and Garwali folk dance forms such as Jhoda Chapali, Hudkiya, Bol, Chaiti, Choliya, Tandi, Jhumelo etc.

Student and Teacher Monitoring

While we are still working on consolidating our databases for individual student monitoring, we have made good head way in laying down the foundation for monitoring and nurturing teacher progress and growth. Together with our mentors we have prepared a detailed evaluation form which will be used from now on for half yearly appraisals. The form comprises a comprehensive list of categories including lesson plan, materials used, methodology, remedial work, self-development etc. Further, each category is scored separately. This has been done to ensure that the evaluation process is as transparent and as objective as possible. This is one small step towards our commitment to invest in teacher capacity building and how we are proud that ALL our teachers are local. 

Medium term: 

The Reading initiative

 We are now instituting processes where reading or 'engaging with text' is a pivotal element of pedagogy at ABS. The aim is to expose the children to as much English reading (and as a result better vocabulary and comprehension) this academic year. Some steps taken towards this end were:

 

  • Revamping the Library: Three wonderful volunteers helped us revamp our library. Madhu Upadrasta, an experienced librarian in a school in Mumbai, volunteered to be Beena’s mentor, our new librarian, and nurtured this young local lady into learning all about managing and maintaining a school library during her visit to Satoli in April. Gina Ali Khan, the English subject mentor, brought us a big suitcase, full of books donated by her school in Pune, MBIS. Another volunteer, Asmita Joshi, worked tirelessly with Beena and Gina to help catalogue all the books. We now, also have class libraries in addition to the main library since we have this elaborate catalogued collection of books! Thanks to the help and guidance from Madhu, Gina and Asmita and the on-going efforts of Beena, Aarohi school can now boast of a wonderful library, one of its kind in the area.

 

  • Staff Volunteering:The office staff have started volunteering by taking reading sessions twice a week with classes 3 to 5. A record of the books read and new words learnt are being maintained and shared with teachers, so that they can be practiced in their regular classes. “I have been reading to class five for a little over six weeks now and it has been great fun! The kids and I both look forward to the class. Many a time, I drift off from the story into other discussions, and I find that the activity is a fun way of familiarising children with English and sustaining their interest in the language.”  Dr. Puneet Singh

 

‘Gift a Smile’ collaboration with Amazon

 Aarohi Bal Sansar received its first package of books, DVDs, paints and stuffed toys as part of Amazon’s ‘gift a smile’ campaign’.

 These are being used to make classroom activities more interesting for the children. The books are also serving as a useful resource for teachers to help improve their English language skills.

 

Staff Mentoring Programme

The biannual Steering Committee Meeting was held in June 2015, in which teachers presented the progress made on various fronts and sought feedback from the committee members. A major outcome of the meeting was the decision to expand the staff mentoring program from English to include subjects of Hindi and Mathematics as well. Mr. Mohan Kabadwal, a retired state school Hindi teacher based in our village was appointed as the Hindi mentor, while Ms. Smriti Sharma, an experienced educationist based in Delhi has been appointed as the mentor for Mathematics. Mentors are approachable and experienced individuals who play an important role in guiding ABS teachers in day-to-day challenges they face

 

Scholarships

We now have consolidated data for scholarships (for students and teachers) offered by Aarohi since the inception of the program in 1997. A total of INR 8,211,568 has been invested in 925 students between 1997 and 2015.

 

Once again, we thank all of you donors for having faith in our capabilities to bring quality education to the young children of rural Kumaon.

Asmita Joshi, a volunteer, with ABS teachers
Asmita Joshi, a volunteer, with ABS teachers
New Library
New Library
Kamla, Vimla and Deepa with books from Amazon
Kamla, Vimla and Deepa with books from Amazon
Kamla being mentored by Mohan Masterji
Kamla being mentored by Mohan Masterji
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Dear All, 

I present to you our Annual Review for the year 2014-2015. In addition to the education initiative, you'll read about our other initiatives in health and livelihoods as well. All your donations for year have been utilised for our school and related expenses. In the report you'll also get more information about our finances and learn that our education initiavte experienced the largest rise in expenses!! No wonder the year just flew by and so much has happened. The coming year will see more focus on teacher capacity building and exposure, and strengthening of our volunteering program. 

I hope you enjoy reading the review. Should you have any questions or suggestions please do not hesitate to write to me directly at sheeba@aarohi.org. 

On behalf of all of us at Aarohi, I thank you for your continued support in bringing quality education to the children of rural Kumaon Himalayas. 

with gratitude,

Sheeba


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Rachana, our new Education Coordinator
Rachana, our new Education Coordinator

About Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS)

Since its inception in 1994, ABS has been growing steadily and continues to work at raising the standard of education of the local children in the area. ABS has been functioning with the aim to institute the process of social change at an early age in order to help children become responsible citizens of society. There are currently 174 students (80 girls and 94 boys) studying in ABS. The school manages to maintain the teacher-student ratio of 1:11, which is far better than national standards, which can be as high as 1:50.

 ABS Vision

The vision of ABS is ‘Holistic development of personality in a joyful environment’. Towards this end, ABS is an inclusive school where admission is granted to all children from the area devoid of any discrimination. We charge a nominal monthly fee of (INR 250, CHF) and for those families who are unable to afford this, we provide scholarships. Nearly 80% of students at ABS are sponsored through a scholarship.

 Academic Performance

High academic performance remains a challenge for us at ABS as most of our students are first generation learners and have little support for their studies at home. Working in these conditions, our focus now is to institute systems that enable our teachers to work around these challenges.

 Recording and Analyzing Test Results: We studied Maths performance for classes 1-8 by looking at monthly class tests and half yearly exams. It was apparent that most students who are not performing well in math are actually bright but need assistance with some aspects of the subject- like multiplication or division. It emerged that with slight changes in teaching methodology these problems could be dealt with. This information will now be used by our class teachers and remedial teachers to address their performance.

 Extra-Curricular Activities: Highlights

  • First prize in Kho Kho for Primary category at Cluster, Block and District Level.
  • Independence Day, Teacher’s Day and Children’s Day were celebrated with usual enthusiasm. They were dance performances, art competitions and poem recitations.

 Bal Sansar Scholarship

Those children whose parents cannot afford the monthly fee at ABS are eligible for this scholarship. These children can study at neighbouring government schools at no cost but their families aspire for them to be able to study at a school like ABS. This puts in perspective the significance of this scholarship scheme. This scholarship scheme is reviewed every year in June. As per this year’s figures so far (June 2014), there are 55 students benefitting from this scholarship scheme. Next batch of scholarships will be reviewed in June 2015.

 Volunteers: A few select Volunteers…

 Gina Ali Khan (English teacher specialized in phonics from Mercedez Benz International School in Pune).

  • Conducted sessions with teachers about learning goals and gaps observed in the teaching of English.
  • Created strategies to improve phonics of both children and teachers.
  • Introduced the practice of collaborative meeting of English teachers at the primary level introducing the use of music and art/ craft when teaching English.

 Elizabeth Bramston and Fiona McCutcheon (Trained teachers from University of Cambridge).

  • Helped teachers in English language teaching and building tools for vocabulary learning.

 Neha Jacob (CA and Company Secretar with Ernst & Young)

  • Helped develop a format to analyze exam results enabling teachers to identify and address weak student performances more efficiently.

 Other news

 ABS has a 2nd floor

On 17th August, the new second floor of ABS building was inaugurated. The floor has one spacious art and craft room; one computer lab with 15 computers and internet; and finally a private office for our Principal. The new rooms shall allow for more space for primary school children.

 Education Steering Committee Meeting

Aarohi Education Steering Committee is an informal body of 10 members. It convenes twice year. On 8th November 2014, the 2nd Steering Committee Meeting for 2014 was held at Aarohi offices.

Main points of discussion and action points:

  • Revisit the ‘vision’ and ‘mission’ of ABS. Keeping up with its growth pattern and overall development issues in the region, a need was felt to revisit the founding guidelines for this initiative.
  • Shape and conceptualize Aarohi’s overall education initiative with respect to the needs of the region. Four main points were discussed-

-Streamline processes and effect better academic performance of students at ABS.

-Collaborate with government and other private schools in the region in order to provide quality education to more children in the region. The focus of this intervention shall be early learning and primary education.

-To increase community involvement in the education of their children.

- Finally, to continue expanding ABS infrastructure in order to make available facilities for use by other schools and community at large, in the region.

 New Appointments

 Education Co-coordinator

Rachana RK joined Aarohi as the new Education Coordinator in June 2014. She holds a Masters degree in Social Work. She will be responsible for overall management of ABS and time to time will also assist in our education expansion efforts.

 Primary School Principal

In an effort to restructure ABS administration, in addition to the Principal and Vice Principal, we now have a separate Principal for Kindergarten and Primary School. Neema Rajput has been teaching class 2 at ABS for many years now and has also recently qualified professionally as a teacher by attaining her B.Ed (this a professional qualification granted by the government of India). In addition to teaching class 2 students, Neema shall be responsible for overall management of teacher and student performances at Kindergarten and Primary School.

Neema- our new Primary School Principal
Neema- our new Primary School Principal
The students at ABS
The students at ABS
Art Festival on Children's Day- 14 November
Art Festival on Children's Day- 14 November
Independence Day celebrations
Independence Day celebrations
Sports Day at ABS
Sports Day at ABS
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