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2016 looks set to be our best yet for education. Our projects are doing well and we have even branched out into Ladies only Driving Lessons. A little round up of news from our IT centre, our school, in our slum educational projects....
Developments In Our Projects
- Gearing up for adolescents – school extended to teaching 6th Standard
- Raising survivors to be leaders – a focus on moving past horrifying histories
- Snehalaya invited to work for Girls Education with Malala in India
- School Principal is published in Times Educational Supplement twice! and brings her teachers to train in UK schools
Innovative Education through PLAY
- Pre-schoolers world’s first Interactive Language Learning playground to launches at Snehalaya
- Grackle app supports self taught language for 7000 6-12year olds
- Toybank expands to 9 slums – Play for all
- Texas teams up 20 educationalists to spend a month in our projects
This report is jam packed with good news. So much we reckon you should get the kettle on and come back with a biscuit or two, ready for a good round up!...Sitting comfortably?
Raising survivors to be leaders – a focus on moving past horrifying histories - More then anything when working with high-risk children from tribal, slum, low income and health burdened backgrounds we have to be informed and sensitive to the case histories of our children. We cannot shy away from where they have come from and our approach to education is on personal development more then results and attainment. We listen, counsel and support children to heal. Take Durga – she witnessed her mother be set on fire and die in front of her, by her father. With nurturing and one on one support Durga is re-learning trust and that she can be loved here. She is getting there and shows clear aptitude and ability in her studies. She is succeeding in her own personal development and the grades we are certain will follow.
Snehalaya brings Malala and Girls Education to India - Who doesn’t love Malala and all she stands for? Our tribute #gala4malala event at Mumbai Uni in November was packed out with politicians, NGO heads, students, activists, & girls. All kinds of girls from all walks of life came together in to speak about their lives and the need for access to secondary education to a crowd of over 1800 people. The Snehalaya run event was splashed all over the news – internationally. We also held numerous special free screenings across Maharashtra without a spare seat in the house! Next is to take Hindi version of Malala’s movie in road show across our district to slum communities, schools and remote villages to open a debate directly with girls in their communities where it counts. Sabah Ali is our Indian Malala, she fought hard to be educated and with our Slum education programs is now in higher education studying engineering, she is one of only 2% of the girls that complete high school in India. 47% never in make secondary education. Sabah spoke and inspired the crowd at the Mumbai event talking of her difficulties in convincing people she should study because she was a girl and because she was a Muslim. For all the Sabah’s we are delighted to be bringing the important message of every girls right to education right in the communities and villages where the conversation needs to happen.
Principal published in Times Educational Supplement, brings her teachers to UK third year running – with the support of the British Council connecting classrooms scheme and a strong drive for social change, principle Pratiba Khengre has become an unstoppable force for our English School. She was published last month in the TES and during her three year reign she has actively recruited specific pupils and teachers to build an inclusive school community free from the usual prejudice and stigma surrounding HIV and sex workers. A unique school needs a unique approach and Pratiba places sex ed firmly on the agenda saying
‘I have children with parents that are either dead from AIDS or progressive thinking enough to let their children learn along side children from orphanages, low incomes and with inherited HIV. There is no space to skirt around the subject with curious teenagers…curious teenagers with HIV, quite plainly, they need the facts of life here and now’.
Pratiba is somewhat of an anomaly herself, her husband a successful vet moved to support her career desire to work in this sector and is often seen serving the food to guests and other ‘non male’ roles by Indian standards.
'It is hard to get middle-income families to agree to have their children taught with HIV children. It is harder to get teachers keen to progress their career to work with us, so being able to offer international opportunities and to pilot innovative learning schemes is great at drawing the progressive staff this school needs to recruit. Partnering with International schools to give my teachers their own learning support networks is a great incentive for then'.
This year Pratiba will partner with 20 Texan teaching students and 3 professors from A&M University in Texas USA to give her staff and students one to one conversational English practise and to develop a world view from their visitors.
Toybank expands to 9 slums – Play for all – after piloting this Mumbai’s scheme in our school we are delighted to be taking a toy library to our more rural regions. Toybank offers a great moderated play scheme - teaching street kids how to respect possessions through access to educational toys in our toy library. Children can learn to play together without worrying over ‘ownership’ and can even loan items to take home.
Pre-schoolers interactive AV playground launches at Snehalaya - Under 5’s learn best through play and movement in amongst their peers navigating the world. Attention spans for static desk-work are not developed and we all know boredom kills learning potential. We are thrilled to have teamed up with Child Tuition (Holland) to unveil and showcase the much-awaited Nicotopia – An innovative educational playground that has been stringently developed in Holland in a 5 year R&D program seeks to give 2-6 year olds conversational English while they play! This fully interactive, unassisted play zone does not require teachers or adults in anyway. Targeting to 2-6 year olds, this playground has 4 stations and many physical challenges that mean in playing 30 children can, fully unaided, learn English and social navigational skills, irrespective of sharing the same mother tongue. We can’t say much more until the unveil in Autumn, it with 1500 words, 2000 sentences and 20 songs it is a language game-changer set to become a great teaching aid.
Grackle app supports self taught language for 7000 6-12year olds – Another Child Tuition developed piece of kit is already doing well at our school. This screen-based game allows children to find their own way into learning English through 166 games designed specifically for Indian children. Grackle is popping up in ‘hole in the wall’ kiosks and in school computer labs across India. Snehalaya are delighted to use it as a learning aid, especially as it is intuitive – meaning our teachers can enjoy a study break themselves while the kids get to have fun playing and learning at a screen.
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Girls, girls, girls - audience watch Malala movie
Sabah Ali -Fight to be counted in education, I did
Our school, inclusive, progressive impressive
Principal Pratiba leading a new type of education