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
Supervised study session at PMV Wings
Supervised study session at PMV Wings

March is the end of school year in most schools across India. All our mainstreamed students are taking their end of year - final examinations this month. Since all our mainstreamed students have regualrly attended the Wings program all year, they seem pretty confident in terms of their course content.

For the month of February and March, the time table of the Wings Program was amended to ensure that special attention was given to subjects such as English, Mathematics and Science. Individual sessions were also arranged for students struggling in particular subjects. Weekend classes and supervised self study sessions were also organized.

With the hard work put in by our entire team, teachers and students, we are confident that they will come out with flying colours. 

Please wish good luck to all our students!

Students preparing for their exams
Students preparing for their exams
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E-learning "on the go"
E-learning "on the go"

Aasraa’s mission is to provide children an education that they deserve; one that empowers them. Our Wings program, providing homework and tutorial support to our mainstreamed children as well as children from government schools, is a perfect reflection of this idea.

Set on this mission to provide the best and latest for our children, we recently adapted the concept of a Mobile Computer Lab to our specific needs. Sponsored by the Hans Foundation; our Mobile Computer Lab (MCL) was launched on October 11th. A 26 seater bus has been redesigned to be a computer lab for 20 students, accommodating 2 students per terminal. Fitted with 10 computer terminals, power back up and Internet connectivity, this bus is the start of a revolution in Computer Education across Uttarakhand.

We are dedicated to provide high quality computer education to all children reached out through the MCL. Our MCL reaches 160 children per day, at various schools across Dehradun. Children develop the necessary IT skills and also get the opportunity to explore and read about different topics that fascinate them. Computer aided learning is a powerful tool for students and we firmly believe that our children from the streets and slums should have access to this.

Currently, Aasraa’s Mobile Computer Lab is scheduled to conduct classes at five different schools. These are CNI Girls Inter College, Sneha Doon Academy, GIC Dobhalwala, Mangala Devi Inter College and Summer Valley After School program.

We extend our heatrfelt gratitude to all our donors and supporters for their constant encouragement !

Aasraa's Mobile Computer Lab
Aasraa's Mobile Computer Lab
Vikram, our computer teacher, hard at work
Vikram, our computer teacher, hard at work
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L to R: Tarun, Karishma, Raghuveer and Mukesh
L to R: Tarun, Karishma, Raghuveer and Mukesh

Wings of Doon - An After School Support Program

It gives us great pride and joy when we see graduates from our Wings program literally take wings! In this update, we would like to share with you the new journey that three of our recent graduates from the Wings program have embarked upon.

Karishma

Karishma graduated from standard 12 this year. She studied at Government Girls Inter College, Rajpur road, Dehradun. A regular student at Aasraa’s Wings program, Karishma was extremely excited to go to college. She was also eager to start working and be independent. She has always loved cooking, and used to help out in the hostel, sometimes experimenting with different desserts. Thus, when Vana Resorts, one of the leading hospitality brands in the country offered to hire one of Aasraa children as an intern, she was our immediate choice.

Karishma went through a rigorous interview process and was finally selected as an intern at the Vana Resort’s kitchen. The internship is for a period of six months during which she is training under some of the best chefs in the country. This internship has also given her some financial independence as she is also being paid a stipend. Karishma will also be pursuing her graduation through distance learning.

Karishma aspires to be a chef and we are sure that this internship is her first step towards realizing this dream.

Raghuveer

Raghuveer is one of our young adults who have been with the Aasraa trust since 2009. Over the years we have seen him grow from a charming young boy to a young man full of determination. He is currently studying at DBS College, Dehradun pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree . Alongside his regular studies, he has undertaken courses such as English Speaking & Computer Basics. He is also preparing for the Railway Service examinations for the coming year.

However, it is quite inspiring to see him back in Aasraa time & again teaching young children computers in his spare time. We are proud of him and even more so seeing his desire to help other youth who are on the same ambitious path as he is.

Mukesh

The eldest of seven children, Mukesh is the son of a daily wage labourer from Dakiarna, Chakrata. Seeing the bright spark in the young boy, the Pradhan of his village referred Mukesh to Mr. Uniyal, principal of Purva Madhyamik Vidyalaya (PMV), one of the schools that Aasraa supports. Mukesh joined the boarding school at PMV in 2009. Mukesh was one of the first students of Aasraa’s Wings program.

Since then, Mukesh has been a regular and consistently performing student. He graduated from standard 12th this year and aspires to join the army. He will be joining an Army Camp starting this October to prepare for this.

Additionally, he has also completed a three months course in Computers and Conversational English. While waiting for the army camp to start, Mukesh has been doing an internship at the Aasraa Trust office. He is putting his computer skills to good use, doing data entry and helping maintain student records.

Karishma
Karishma
Raghuveer
Raghuveer
Mukesh
Mukesh
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Students celebrate after results
Students celebrate after results

A measure of success of the Wings program has been our annual board results for Class X & XII. We have a 100% pass rate! All 22 children from Aasraa Trust passed Class X & XII Uttarakhand Board & CBSE board exams with flying colors! 6 students from class X passed with first division marks with Shubham Nag topping the list with 82.5% (honors list). 

Shubham stays in Aasraa's shelter home and is a student of Government Inter College, Dobhalwala. He is the son of a single mother who works as a daily wage laborer in Dehradun. Shubham dreams of becoming an engineer.

In additon, this year we expanded our scope of work and added a new project to the Wings program. Dehradun's oldest school CNI Boys Inter College, Paltan Bazaar has joined hands with Aasraa Trust to provide after school tutorial support to 150 mainstreamed boys. This all inclusive program includes sport facility in basketball, badminton, physical education along with academics. All children are provided with a nutritious meal, snacks and medical care. Children of class 9-12 receive support in subjects like English, Maths, Science, Commerce, Accounts, Economics, General Knowledge and Computer Studies. 

With our new project, we will be able to reach out to a new area and children who are in need of a quality tutorial program. Our aim is to bring them upto speed with the level of learning and education in private schools. We want to enable these students to compete fairly with others during college competitive exams and further. 

With all our supporters and well wishers, we hope to enable all our children to aim for the stars & achieve the best.

Thank you for your encouragement and being a positive part of their lives.

Shubham Nag
Shubham Nag
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Tamanna reading at Aasraa's Learning Centre
Tamanna reading at Aasraa's Learning Centre

Tamanna is going to school again! This brilliant 10 year old girl was forced to drop out of a local school due to financial constraints of her family. Tamanna joined Aasraa's Sreet Smart program­ 'Mobile Learning Centre' for 6 months to continue her education. Tamanna is intellegent, hardworking and regular. With her commitment and dedication, she continued her learning with Aasraa. This year, she gained admission in a reputed English medium school! They are many other students like Tamanna, who have gained admission in schools in Dehradun.

We are bursting with pride­- the dedicated hard work of our children and staff has been amazing, resulting in truly incredible results. Our Street Smart project this year brought 164 children up to an educational level that allowed us to mainstream them in a combination of local schools and our NIOS project (National Institute of Open Schooling). NIOS is a boon for children who are unable to find an appropriate place in the conventional school structure.

We would like to highlight that the excitement of studying at the technology enable Mobile Learning Centers has yielded excellent results! 40 children from these centres in Bindal & ISBT have now joined school. This is an incredible achievement for us, as most of these children had fallen off the education cycle. Our USP is no that no child is left unreachable or unteachable!

As we have mainstreamed these 164 children in April, our commitment to them remains as strong to ensure school fees, uniforms, textbooks and of course after school support. These children have now graduated from Street Smart program to Aasraa’s Wings of Doon program.

We have successfully mainstreamed 327 children in total in the past few years. 330 children are now attending our Street Smart program for mainstreaming preparation. 

We are thankful to our well wishers who have supported our cause and have helped us ensure that children get an opportunity to learn and gain the education they deserve. 

 
Govind, a runaway, back to school
Govind, a runaway, back to school
Rohit is back to school in class 3
Rohit is back to school in class 3
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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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