Education  India Project #34697

Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India

by The Mahindra United World College of India
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Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India
Champion rural primary education in Mulshi, India

Diwali or Deepawali is the Hindu festival of lights, typically lasting five days. One of the most popular festivals of Hinduism, Diwali symbolises the spiritual "victory of light over darkness, good over evil and knowledge over ignorance"

In the lead-up to Diwali, celebrants will prepare by cleaning, renovating, and decorating their homes and workplaces. During the climax, revellers adorn themselves in their finest clothes, illuminate the interior and exterior of their homes with Diyas (oil lamps or candles), offer puja to the goddess of prosperity and wealth, light fireworks, and partake in family feasts, where mithai (Sweets) and gifts are shared. Diwali is also a major cultural event for the Hindu and Jain diaspora from the Indian subcontinent.

In the month of October, students from Khelghar schools celebrated Diwali by painting earthen lamps. The teachers organized various activities like the discussion around the importance of the festival with respect to the social gathering, harvest, mythology, food and other festivities. 

The students came together to talk about the ill-effects due to bursting firecrackers and using plastic lamps. The students had set up a stall to sell the colourfully painted diyas at various locations to spread awareness and raise funds to build a garden at their school. 

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Hello,


With your generous support to Khelghar, our students have been benefitting from various learning and fun activities. The students are enjoying the start of their school  and are learning more about their surrounding through simple but effective activities

Here are some of the updates from the project before the summer break started: 

- In the month of June and July, the students were welcomed to the new grades. To help these students, Akshara facilitators and the teachers in the Government Primary Schools in Mulshi valley, we organized activities on teaching them more about plants, their types and the crops cultivated in Mulshi Valley. We designed and implemented a small project with students on tree plantation and asked them to monitor the growth in the rainy season and record their observations. Mulshi valley was flooded in the month of July due to overflowing of the river near the villages, Mula. Yet it was so encouraging to see all the students taking care of the plants and the check dams they constructed around the school.

- Akshara's connection with MUWCI (UWC Mahindra College) has been very special. The students in the villages feel inspired by the college and are always excited to visit the campus and interact with MUWCI students. MUWCI students have been engaging with our students and even with the schools in the villages for various activities. August is a festive month, a lot of local Hindu festivals are celebrated in Mulshi Valley, one such great festival is Ganesh Utsav; the festival lasts for the ten days and after that  the idol is carried in a public procession with music and group chanting and immersed in a nearby body of water such as a river or sea. Our students from Akshara made eco-friendly idols of Lord Ganesha which gave a very strong message to the villagers about avoiding the use of PoP, toxic colours and plastic and keeping the rivers pollution-free.

All these special events and programs enrich our program and help us in engaging more deeply with the students, their teachers and parents, and the rural community at large. All this is made possible by your kind and generous support!

We thank you for all you have done for educating the rural children of India, and we look forward for your continued support!

Thanks & Best Regards,

Manasi on behalf of Akshara team

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Hello,


With your generous support to Khelghar, our students have been benefitting from various learning and fun activities. The students are enjoying their summer vacation currently and will be back in schools in June after this period of rejuvenation. 

Here are some of the updates from the project before the summer break started: 

- In the month of April, the students had their Annual Examination. To help these students, Akshara facilitators and the teachers in the Government Primary Schools in Mulshi valley, we organized some workshops on evaluation techniques. We were also joined by our knowledge partner- Gram Mangal to conduct some demonstration sessions about differential learning methods.

- Akshara's connection with MUWCI (UWC Mahindra College) has been very special. The students in the villages feel inspired by the college and are always excited to visit the campus and interact with MUWCI students. MUWCI students have been engaging with our students and even with the schools in the villages for various activities. We organized a special event for our primary students under Khelghar program in MUWCI campus- called the 'Tiny Tales', wherein these young story tellers expressed their creativity and imagination by telling various stories.

- Another of our knowledge partner organizations, Aalochana, organized a workshop for our school teachers about developing the quality of inquisitiveness and the title of the workshop was ‘Ask Why?’. The content was inclusive of social structure, misconceptions and superstitions in the society and it saw great participation and enthusiasm of teachers.

All these special events and programs enrich our program and help us in engaging more deeply with the students, their teachers and parents, and the rural community at large. All this is made possible by your kind and generous support!

We thank you for all you have done for educating the rural children of India, and we look forward for your continued support!

Thanks & Best Regards,

Saumya on behalf of Akshara team 

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Hi there,

With your support, Khelghar program is growing and engaging young students with its unique model of contextual learning. In line with the aim of Khelghar program to build bridges between classroom teaching and external environment by stimulating young minds, we are redefining our curriculum to maximize the learning impact currently with the goal of developing a scalable and replicable model. 

Last months have been truly exciting for us. With the help of your very kind and generous gift to Akshara via GlobalGiving, we could organize many activities for our students and teachers. Some of the fun events and activities we conducted were: Rakhi making and other fun workshops, visit to MUWCI campus for a day, etc. We also care about the overall health and well-being of these children, so health camps were also organized for them. 

UWC day also gave our students at MUWCI an opportunity to interact with the young students in village schools in Mulshi. It was a very engaging day-long activity on this day and gave a wonderful opportunity to re-engage and nourish the bond we share with the community around the campus. Please find the photos here with this report. For any questions, please write to us at supportakshara@muwci.net.

Thank you again for your support! 

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ATM game for mathematics fun
ATM game for mathematics fun
Khelghar program of Akshara aims to supplement the current schooling system by bridging the gaps in primary schools in Mulshi. The program focuses on contextual learning where concepts are explained using fun activities in rural context. In this interactive and fun learning environment, students discover meaningful relationships between abstract ideas and practical applications in the context of the real world; wherein concepts are internalized through the process of discovering and relating.
Last months have been truly exciting for us. With the help of your very kind and generous gift to Akshara via Global Giving, we could organize teachers' training sessions for our teachers. We also made new teaching aids available for the children to make learning more fun than ever. It was also festive season in India lately, and we used the concepts and festive fun to organize learning activities for the children. 
Some of the fun events and activities we conducted were: Trying Rakhis to trees on Rakshabandhan with focus on  the environment, ATM game to teach mathematics, Making of Eco friendly Ganesh Idol to protect the river from pollution, wherein the students made Ganesh idol of clay and took wise decision to immerse the idol in their garden instead of river. We believe that it is of utmost importance that children grow with the understanding of importance of natural resources and environment, so that they can appreciate its importance when they become adults. Fun games and activities like these are very helpful in orienting them towards environmental awareness and conservation. Please find the photos here with this report. For any questions, please write to us at supportakshara@muwci.net. Thanks again to everyone who supported us! We look forward to continuing this relationship and bond with you!
Navratri Celebrations
Navratri Celebrations
Eco-friendly Ganesha
Eco-friendly Ganesha
Rakshabandhan
Rakshabandhan
Rakhi making for trees
Rakhi making for trees
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The Mahindra United World College of India

Location: Pune, Maharashtra - India
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The Mahindra United World College of India
Manasi Nafde
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Manasi Nafde
Pune, Maharashtra India

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