Child Development through Enriched Learning
While sports and education is a routine for privileged city kids, the Right of Development through quality education, play and other activities is a far-off dream for most village children in government schools. The programme aims at developing all-round excellence in kids from the interior villages of Bodoland in Assam, who are abundant in talent, but are starved of better opportunities. The first step is to create motivation to learn and then create spaces for unperturbed learning and finally to excellence.
a. Sports for Development (S4D)
Started in April 2015, the project takes advantage of the children’s groups in villages formed some years back. Every week, 20-25 children in the S4D groups meet and do what children are best are doing – PLAY. But, as they play they also learn according to a curriculum that is designed to address issues of children – motivation to go to school, confidence building, inter-personal skills, lessening girl-boy differences, handling conflicts to name a few.
Number of children - Over 3000
Age group - 8-16 years
the ant partners with The Magic Bus Foundation, Mumbai for the curriculum and technical inputs for this project, that is supported by DKA, Austria.
b. Project Bigyan ( Science on Wheels)
This project works at making science-learning, often a daunting task, do-able and fun. For the first time in the their lives, children in our government schools get to do science practicals and learn by doing. We circulate what we call a ‘Lab-In-a-Box’, a complete kit of demonstration and experiments in biology, chemistry and physics among a cluster of schools in one geographic area on a fortnightly basis. Our science facilitators support the teachers in the schools in not just teaching but “doing” science.
Number of students benefitting - 2719
Number of govt. schools covered - 23
Number of villages reached - 200
the ant has purchased the LIB Kits that includes the support by Agastya Foundation in knowledge capacity and training. Also supported by grants from ChildAid Network, Germany
c. Project Shiksha (After school centres)
The project which started off as evening study centres, as spaces for children to group and study peacefully, has now grown into ‘Children Development Centres’ for enriched education. This also includes remedial classes for middle school children and residential coaching for girls appearing for Class 10 matriculation exams. The project also encompasses providing supplementary teachers to schools that have few or no teachers at all.
No of Chidren Development centres - 25
Age groups - 6 to10
the ant is supported by Sh. Kamal Agarwal through Arpan Foundation in Deosri and Kuklung villages for two years in a row.
Youth Development Programme
Community outreach through Youth Mentors (CYMs):
Youth plays an important role in implementing our education programmes especially the Sports for Education project. The youth volunteers selected in each village becomes our designated Community Youth Mentors, who are trained to run the weekly S4D programmes. Each CYM takes care of atleast 10-12 children groups.
The CYMs volunteer 2-3 hours a week to train children of their own village and thereby develop problem solving skills and management techniques. To further develop leadership skills in these mentors, Community Youth facilitators are selected from them, who facilitates and guides 4-5 CYMs and help push their boundaries and extend potential. The CYMs also participate in exposure visits, career guidance workshops, sports tournaments etc., to develop their own skills and have fun on the way.