Abhishek Posing Proudly
We at Snehalaya uphold the basic human right for education for all and we continue to provide it to those members of society that are impoverished and disenfranchised. Article 26 of the Human Rights Declaration by the United Nation states that:
‘Everyone has the right to education. Education shall be free, at least in the elementary and fundamental stages. Elementary education shall be compulsory. Technical and professional education shall be made generally available and higher education shall be equally accessible to all on the basis of merit.’
Not only does Snehalaya lead the way for education for all, yet Snehalaya School and slum projects are also ambassadors of other Human Rights that are often overlooked, especially, when the spotlight is so often highlighting the need for life necessities, such as food, shelter and equality.
One of the most remarkable features of school life at our educational projects is the shared positive ethos of beneficiaries and staff towards national identity. Teachers and care workers work together to provide beneficiaries with a sense of identity and with that in mind a national identity and belonging. We recognize the importance of nationality and nurture of a sense of belonging to a culture and race. Without this, individuals are lost and are outsiders, not playing a particular role in the upholding of culture and national values.
When visiting the educational projects at the beginning of a day, you will be spellbound by the beautiful recital of the Indian pledge and national anthem. This lead by one of the elder children demonstrates a key focus and supports Article 15 of the Human Rights Declaration:
‘Everyone has the right to a nationality.’
This practice fosters a feeling of community and family spirit. Abhishek a student from the 6th standard at Snehalaya English Medium School is a prime example of a student that relishes in his nationality and demonstrates a true love and admiration for his country and fellow Indians. Abhishek is one of the elder students that lead assemblies and the national pledge, helping his peers and younger children to develop the same sense of nationality and a belonging to India that he has learnt to develop through these daily routines.
Over the academic year, Snehalaya education provides its beneficiaries with countless opportunities to celebrate India’s diverse culture and values. Abhishekhas also been deeply involved in many other functions and ceremonies during the year that enable the children to embed and celebrate their nationalities. One of these opportunities is an annual event August the 15th when all stakeholders celebrate India’s National Day of Independence. Not only does this date mark the National Day of India but it also shares the birthdays of so many beneficiaries that have no official record of their birth. Abhishek led the national pledge on the 15th of August 2015 and was a symbol of the importance of nationalism. Here you can see him with a post card to send to his peer in his partner school, Welland Park Academy in England.
In addition we have celebrated this year; Ganpati, Christmas, National Independence, Ede, Holi, Ganesh Festival just to name a few. All children attending educational training with our projects are learning an understanding of their personal identity and thus learning how to flourish as an Indian citizen. This type of education is inclusive and shows that all of the children under the umbrella of education at Snehalaya belong and that every child matters.