Education

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  • Education is a gift for life. We help children reach school and stay there.
  • We help children unlock their potential and realise their dreams. We believe that every child is extraordinary and can scale great heights if provided with the right learning opportunities. With regular and generous contributions from our supporters, we are able to march steadily towards achieving these goals.
  • We are committed to ensure that all children, irrespective of their origin, are able to go to school, play, interact and learn with other children of their age. We help children with limited means hone their creativity and skills under the guidance of trained teachers and make persistent efforts to enable them to secure a life of dignity for themselves, their families and the community at large.
  • In nine states of India, ASHA runs programmes to support the education of the most disadvantaged children of India in different ways.

    How do we do it?
  • We counsel parents coming from the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) of the society on the significance of sending their children to school and assist them through the admission process. In schools, we make learning fun. We train teachers to impart learning using child-friendly and interactive teaching-learning methods. We set libraries and infrastructure right, conduct Computer Science and English classes, promote and facilitate extra-curricular activities and sports. The idea is to provide holistic learning to children.
  • We work with the local communities to form Children Groups (CGs) and School Management Committees (SMCs) and work with them to ensure that they take accountability of the development of the children in their community and that even the most marginalised children in their area are sent to school and they stay there.
  • We map out-of-school children and ensure their enrolment into formal schools in age-appropriate classes.
  • In classrooms, we encourage and help children to undertake learning activities in groups. This makes the entire experience much more fun and promotes healthy competition.
  • In metro cities, we operate our own learning centres where children coming from the socially-excluded communities are provided learning and/or after-school support. For example, in Kolkata and Mumbai, we run Mobile Learning Centres which reach the doorsteps of the  children who need us most.
  • During emergencies, we set up Temporary Learning Centres and distribute education kits so that that the affected children do not drift away from the path of education.
 
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In 2019, 2.17 lakh children benefitted through our projects on education. 

The wonderful effects of education span generations. With your support, we can give children a better tomorrow by giving them an opportunity to go to school.

Elementary Education

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School education lays the foundation stone in building the personality of a person; in order to have a dignified life education is must. Also, the importance of school education lies in the fact that the children of today will become adult citizens of tomorrow. The growth and future of our country highly depends upon the quality of the present school education system. Unless opportunities of good education trail down to the grass-root level, the health of the nation and the future of children will surely suffer. It is important to understand that the facilities for education should be equal for all. Access to quality elementary education is the right of each and every child and ASHA aims to realise this while continue working on this issue.

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Children Enjoying a Book from Library

We believe that all children irrespective to their caste, language, gender, color, religion, physical & learning abilities are able to learn and grow with their full potential if provided with appropriate and vibrant learning and living environment. We make efforts for creating such an environment in state run education institutions (schools and AWCs) so that each and every child feels safe, secure and protected and realise his/her right to quality education. The aim of our intervention under education thematic area is to develop effective and encouraging learning environment for underprivileged children in schools and AWCs and demonstrate effective models of excellence. It includes improving capacity of teachers and AWCs workers and strengthening community based institutions so that they participate actively in management and functioning of education institutions, facilitating peer support in retention and re-enrolment of out of school children. We also make available some critical resources in schools and AWCs in a manner that it contributes meaningfully towards learning of children and in pedagogical practices adopted in classrooms.

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Renovation of early grade classrooms and learning equipment made available in a school

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Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)

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One of the root causes of children dropping out from school and ending up as child laborers is the severe neglect of their vital early years – from birth to the age of six. ASHA, with its experience across India sees working towards provision of Early Childhood Care and Education as one of the best ’preventive strategies’ through preparedness of children in the age group 3 to 6 years with school readiness skills. We work with Anganwadi staff and concerned government authorities to strengthen the pre-school education component in AWCs.
 
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AWW working with young kids in AWC

 
How we do it?
  • We map out-of-school children and ensure their enrolment into formal schools in age-appropriate classes.
  • We sensitize parents on importance of school education / pre – school education and children’s right to education so that they send their children to school / AWC.
  • Orientation and empowering village level institutions; PTMs, SMCs and Mata Palak Samities, so that they actively participate in management and functioning of schools and AWCs and ensure full attendance and retention of children.
  • Building capacity of the key resource persons, government teachers and AWWs on child friendly interactive classroom processes, academics and pedagogy through organizing workshops, trainings and review meetings regularly and providing reference material.
  • We set-up and enrich school libraries and infrastructure right, conduct computer and English classes, promote and facilitate extra-curricular activities and sports for children.
  • We form and strengthen Children Groups (CGs), sensitize them on child rights and protection issues and establish feedbacks and response mechanism in schools.
  • In classrooms, we encourage and help children to undertake learning activities in sub - groups. This makes the entire experience much more fun and promotes healthy competition.
  • We work with AWWs to enable young children (3-6 years age group) to gain school readiness skills.
  • In metro cities, we operate our own learning centres where children coming from the socially-excluded communities are provided learning and/or after-school support. For example, in Kolkata and Mumbai, we run Mobile Learning Centres which reach the doorsteps of the  children who need us most.
  • During emergencies, we set up Temporary Learning Centres and distribute education kits so that that the affected children do not drift away from the path of education.