Education  India Project #23888

Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program

by Aasraa Trust
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program
Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program

As we step into the new academic year, we continue our focus on the Computer Aided Learning (CAL) program at all our education projects. CAL has not only helped us in reinforcing concepts and retaining attention of our children, but has empowered them to build knowledge, broaden their outlook and perform better academically.

This month, we have installed two 50-inch LED screens for the CAL program at Sneha Doon Academy. The program will benefit all students at the school; ones who are mainstreamed by Aasraa and rest of the students. This support will prepare students to understand, use, and apply computer technology in an effective, efficient, and ethical way. Advanced technologies are more pervasive today than they have ever been, and their uses are expanding continually. Students will actively explore the fundamental concepts, knowledge, skills, and attitudes for applying technology in their personal growth. They will also learn to develop skills like collaboration, higher-order thinking, problem solving, and self-direction through effective use of technology tools and resources, thus enabling them to be lifelong learners in the twenty-first century.

Aasraa has also undertaken training in CAL teaching for the school teachers. The idea is to resource all teachers with multimedia contents to explain topics better, slowly making way for smart classes. Once the school reopens in July after summer vacation, all teachers will be equipped to take CAL classes.

The CAL program has proved to be a tremendous success in our other projects and has helped us bring computer literacy and tutorial support to children from impoverished backgrounds. The children not only have learnt how to use computers but have access, through CAL, to the latest in teaching learning materials in the form of video lectures, modules and test papers/worksheets. It has also helped children explore various subjects through an interactive medium.

We are grateful to all our donors and well wishers for their valuable support and helping us strengthen our programs for our lovely children.

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The 2017/18 academic year is coming to an end… On one hand, Aasraa’s Street Smart children are gearing up to be mainstreamed into regular schools and on other hand, our mainstreamed students are preparing for their annual examination. Children who are studying under the National Institute of Open Schooling – Open Basic Education programme have appeared for their annual exams. The results shall be out by the month of June. There is lot of excitement along with a twinge of nervousness amongst all of us. Wish us luck. We are positive that our dedication and commitment will surely reap fruitful results for every child at Aasraa.

Thanks to our lovely donors and well wishers like you, we’ve been able to continue our beautiful journey of empowering lives of the most vulnerable children of our society. They not only have access to quality education now but have developed a sense of confidence and self reliance to achieve greater heights in life. Your generous support and encouragement have made all this possible!  

In this report, we share with you a brief update on the progress of our three girls Preeti, Laiba and Sanjana. They are one of the most promising students at Shri Guru Ram Rai Public School, Bindal. After attending a year-long pre-mainstreaming program at Aasraa’s Street Smart centre, they were enrolled on merit at SGRR Public School, one of the reputed schools in Dehradun. The after school tutorial classes under Aasraa’s “Wings of Doon” program have helped them develop their concepts and perform better academically and analytically. It brings us immense pride to learn about their current progress and achievements.

Preeti is an exemplary student. In the last one year, she has blossomed from a confident to a more confident student. Her smile is contagious and can just melt one’s heart. Despite her poor living conditions in the Bindal slum, her positivity and optimism are inspiring. Fortunately her parents understand the true worth of good education. Her fine motor skills have shown an upward graph. We love to imagine the nature of change Preeti will bring about in her family and surrounding once she completes her education. As a domino effect, she will certainly touch more lives.

Laiba, initially, faced a lot of hardship in the school. Her academic performance was at all time low in the first four months at SGRR Public School. Our teachers dedicated special attention to her. After continuous efforts, her academic graph raised and today, she is amongst the brightest students in her class. In fact, she is one of those students who teach her peers. She has shown remarkable improvement in her academics. A few months back, she participated in the athletic event and dance program at her school. She is very proud of the fact that she goes to school. She says that people in her neighbourhood have started to give her more respect ever since she has been enrolled at an English medium school. She is also fluent in Urdu and reads the Quran every evening.

Sanjana has improved a lot in the last one year. She religiously does her homework and class work. Her handwriting and reading ability have improved in both English and Hindi languages. She can now comprehend and understand better. She is obedient and a quick learner. She is also very friendly with her classmates. Recently, she secured third position in the school sports event. Besides studies, she enjoys dancing and singing.

Thank you all for your love and care!

Preeti
Preeti
Laiba
Laiba
Sanjana
Sanjana
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It's been an extraordinary year… our dreams of pushing education boundaries for our slum and street children through technology have come through.

Using Computer Aided Learning programs in all our centers, on our Mobile Education Buses and on our dedicated Mobile Computer Lab, we are able to bring modern exciting teaching techniques via an audio Visual and interactive medium. This has captured the imagination of our children and sent the quality of the education we offer through the roof.

Our USP at Aasraa has been that there is no unreachable or unteachable child…. This has never been more true! Our outreach teams work tirelessly at street level and with the community to build trust so that we can bring out of school children into our mainstreaming centers. We made ourselves a promise; we would not take on more children if it compromised the quality of what we do….. We are delighted to report that the quality of education has risen AND we have brought more children into the Aasraa fold.

We have undergone successful complicated surgeries, rescued abandoned children, nurtured and fed our flock; they are beaming, shiny and bright!

Our class 10 and 12 children surpassed themselves in the Board exams; all passed and we had 6 out of 7 first divisions in class 12! These are all children who would not have had the opportunity to study past class 8. We are indeed proud parents. Now we need to focus on the future of these children. Having received our NIOS (National Institute of Open Schooling) certification for Vocational Training we are pushing ahead with our plan to provide focused skills training for our children. 2017/18 will see the opening of our first dedicated Vocational Training Center.

As we look forward to 2017/18, it is clear that the stepping stones laid down this year gone past are part of the incredible journey our children are embarking on.

Thank you to all of our fabulous donors for making such a difference in our children’s lives. A heartwarming and loving thank you to you all!

I would like to take this opportunity to make Aasraa’s Christmas appeal for warm clothing.

Its winter again in the Himalaya. Temperatures have dropped. Children are shivering.

Winter time in the Himalaya is brutal. The cold is bad enough, but when the harsh wind blows off the mountain, it is bone chilling freezing.

Every year we respond to the cold because our slum and street children get sick without proper clothing for the winter. If they are sick, they cannot attend school.

It’s a terrible cycle that further marginalizes our children…

Please help us to break this cycle!!!

As you wrap up, warm in front of your heaters and sheltered from the elements, please spare a thought for our children.

INR 1,000 / $ 15.5 provides a child a thermal lined undershirt, tracksuit and cap.

APPEAL * APPEAL * APPEAL * APPEAL 

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We firmly believe future is created, not predetermined. With this in mind we approach every new child, every new community with the determination to try and make a difference. EVERY ACCOMPLISHMENT STARTS WITH THE DECISION TO TRY!

At Aasraa, we aim to ensure that every marginalized child in Dehradun thrive under our care. Our “Street Smart” program has succeeded in providing basic literacy education to the children who never attended any school or had been the drop-outs. With an objective of mainstreaming them into regular schools along with improving their health and nutrition levels, the program makes certain that more and more children in Dehradun get access to better education. However, these children, due to their poor backgrounds and lack of exposure, struggle hard to cope with the academic standards at regular schools. This leads to their poor performance and gradual sense of failure in the classrooms. This is where Aasraa’s after school support program ‘Wings of Doon’ plays a crucial role in ensuring the quality of their learning. This program fortifies the impact of our Street Smart program; raising the standards of our children in schools and radically improving their ability to grasp in classrooms. Our Wings program has grown from 50 children to over 1058 across 8 centres in Dehradun.

This month, we are happy to share with you Mansi’s story which perfectly exemplifies our commitment to transform the lives of children like her into meaningful existences.

Mansi's father suffered from a mental disability which wasn't diagnosed or treated. His mother wanted to get him married and eventually "bought" a bride for him for INR 10,000. He used to do odd jobs at a tea stall in his locality and earned a small amount from this. The primary bread-earner in the family is Mansi's grandmother who works as domestic help in two separate houses. It was an extremely dissatisfied marriage and Mansi's mother abandoned the family when Mansi was just 6 months old and the older son Himanshu was just a year and half.

Mansi's father has an older sister who is bedridden. She sustained severe head injuries when she fell from the roof of her house as a kid and has been partially paralyzed since then. So also lives in the same house and the grandmother takes care of her as well. Last year, Mansi's father passed away. Mansi, who was a regular at Aasraa's Street Smart program stopped coming to study after that. Only when our outreach team went to her house, we found the problems that the family was going through.

Mansi's grandmother is now taking care of Mansi, her brother and her own daughter who is disabled. Aasraa is trying to help her by every means. It costs us INR 18,000 per year to support her education in school which includes school fees, stationary and uniforms. Over and above this, we currently support Mansi's family with rations and medical aid. This amounts to roughly INR 30,000 per year.

We are proud to share with you all that Mansi has been recently mainstreamed into Sneha Doon Academy in Dehradun. Under the Wings program, she discovered the joy and infinite wonder of learning in classrooms and interacting with peers at the school. A sincere pupil, who likes playing with her dolls, she dreams of a world beyond the classroom. Aasraa believes that with her quiet determination, Mansi has strong potential to leave her mark upon the world.

We are extremely grateful to our donors and well wishers for their support and encouragement towards our programs and children. Their unwavering support has strengthened our capacity and resources to provide greater benefits to the children at our learning centres. We strongly believe that together we can and we will bring the positive change to their lives.

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Remedial Class During Summer Break
Remedial Class During Summer Break

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The communities we interact with are so diverse. And yet, we have a lot in common as parents, caregivers, and educators. We share joys and disappointments, hope and a vision for a better future for our children. As we watch them evolve, our eagerness for new ideas and skills leads to questions about how we can best support them. 

Do we want our children to acquire language skills of comprehension and fluency or excel in math or physics?  Or do we go beyond text books and help them to connect with the world around them? Help them imbibe life skills, help them grow in all directions…to be able to appreciate beauty around them, be concerned friends, good citizens, caring individuals with a love for knowledge?

Our Wings program – after school support – was conceptualised with the idea of providing differentiated instruction to meet differnt learning styles and ability levels. Additionally, there is an emphasis on mentoring to help children gain confidence, make right choices and become responsible citizens. Some areas we provide support include the following:

  • Remedial classes during summer including computer aided lessons
  • Field trips to museums and local research facilities
  • Clean-up projects in the city
  • Hiking trips in the hills
  • Participation in environmental preservation projects
  • Weekly coaching  classes in yoga, sports, art/craft at a premier residential high school

Today we take pride in the well-rounded success of our ex rag picking children, who with just 3 years of education & after school support are a teacher’s delight - topping their class with A+ grades in all subjects, medals in athletics and have been appointed to leadership positions in school.

Thank you friends, for your magnanimity and generous support. Your faith in our endeavours has given us the confidence to revolutionise learning outcomes and has taken our Wings programme from 50 children to over 1250 who attend classes at 8 centres across Dehradun. 

Anjali & Rita - class toppers!
Anjali & Rita - class toppers!
World Environment Day
World Environment Day
Mobile Computer Lab
Mobile Computer Lab
Tutoring our recently mainstreamed children
Tutoring our recently mainstreamed children
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Aasraa Trust

Location: Dehradun, Uttarakhand - India
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Project Leader:
Neelu Khanna
Dehradun, Uttarakhand India

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