Aarohi Bal Sansar (ABS) has made accessible quality education to the children from marginalized families, making it possible for these families to live in their own region and not migrate to bigger towns or cities for better education for their children.
In the academic year 2018-19, 162 children from 11 villages (Chapad, Kafuda, Simayal,Diyari, Kumati, Chataula, Satkhol, Peora, Sund, Satoli, Nigran) were part of ABS out of which 85 were boys and 77 were girls.
The school remained open for 257 days for teachers and 231 days for students. There was 88% student attendance and 77% teachers’ attendance, this year. Teachers’ attendance was low because 11 ABS teachers had enrolled for mandatory D.El.Ed and bridge course this year.
The school has 15 teachers, of these 9 teachers specialise in STEM subjects, 8 in languages and 2 in social sciences. There is one teacher each for Art and Crafts, Music, Sports and Computer respectively. The student-teacher ratio this year has been 1:11. Eleven Aarohi Bal Sansar teachers successfully completed D.El.Ed and bridge course.
Academic Performance of ABS Students
ABS holds half-yearly and annual exams for classes 1 to 8 to assess their academic performance. The exams are both written and oral. Child’s overall performance is assessed through the child’s participation in various co-curricular, extracurricular and sports activities.
Co-Curricular and sports activities
The ‘School Farm Project’ was initiated this year as part of the project ‘Contextualising Rural Education to Agriculture and Ecology’. A greenhouse has been constructed based on a model made by the students of ABS. Two compost pits have been made on school premises. Children collected indigenous varieties of seeds to be propagated in the school nursery with the help of their parents. Preliminary attempts were made to connect language learning with farming. Children learnt Kumaoni, Hindi and English words for farm tools, farm techniques and local vegetables. This allowed the parents to participate in their child’s education since they could connect learning goals with their everyday life of farmers.
Hindustani classical music is being taught at Aarohi Bal Sansar, grooming further the innate talent of the children from the region in singing and dancing. Currently it’s a month-long programme orienting children to music in a more structured way.
A film club introducing students to the best of international cinema, sensitizing them not only to different cultures but also to the art of cinema, was initiated this year. Films such as God’s must be Crazy, Bicycle Thief (Italian film), Songs of Sparrow (Iranian film), The way home (Korean film) were screened through this film club. Swiss Films on Wheels, an initiative by the Swiss Embassy screened ‘Heidi’, a film based on a book by Swiss author Johanna Spyri.
Students of class eight experienced the production of a feature film, to know the science and the art of film making. They interacted with film director, cinematographer, sound designer and art designer of the feature film, 'Limited Story', which was shot in the area. Students could experience the real-life application of what they study in their classrooms.
A day-long visit was organized to the Army Training Center, Ranikhet. Students got a glimpse of rigorous training a soldier from the armed forces goes through. A visit to an all religion site at the training centre with a gurudwara, a mosque, a temple and a church led to a discussion on the concept of secularism and unity in diversity.
A two-day workshop was organized by London based organization 'Timeless Lifeskills’ on creative thinking, logical and analytical thinking. Using the medium of robotics and animation the children were introduced to various approaches to problem-solving.
A model based on mathematical calculations with which one can tell anyone’s age was developed by ABS students during the Mathematics fair. The fair was organized to demystify mathematics and know its application in everyday life. Students exhibited various models based on mathematical calculations.
Mini sports day for the little champs from pre-primary was held on 27th December 2018. Annual sports day for the students from the primary and upper primary was held on 31st December 2018.
Aarohi Bal Sansar students participated in various sports events at Panchayat, block and State level. ABS team won the Kabaddi and Kho-Kho matches at the district level. Chitra, Sakshi and Ishika from class 8 and 7 were selected at the state level. Girish Kumar, a student of the class of ABS won the district level 100-meter race. He represented the block at state level athletics. ABS girl’s Kabaddi team secured second place at the district level and two of them were selected of the state level Kabaddi team.
Teacher’s Training and Exposure
Aarohi Bal Sansar teachers received training in project based learning and contextualized teaching. A two-day workshop was held at Madhuban, in Ramgarh, on project based learning. Through various projects, teachers were oriented to teaching methodology with an emphasis on learning by doing.
As part of their annual exposure visit, the teachers visited field area of ‘Eklavya’, a Bhopal based NGO doing pioneering work in the area of education. It exposed the teachers of ABS to various approaches to rural education and innovative educational programmes designed by Eklavya.
The principal of Aarohi Bal Sansar attended a workshop organized by Avishkar, an NGO from Himachal Pradesh, on current education policies and its impact of education.
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