A new afternoon session
Since girls attend the morning shifts in government schools, they were not able to come to our morning classes. Hence an afternoon session was started in April mostly for girls. 20 girls aged 5-14 are currently enrolled.
We now have 2 hour morning and afternoon sessions Monday-Friday. Our focus is on strengthening core subjects after doing an assessment of each student’s standard in Maths, Hindi and English using creative and engaging techniques.
Digital learning has also been introduced and a new TV was installed in May to show educational videos and films.
English as a skill
The demand from parents and youth to learn and speak in English lead conduct an intensive 60 hour ‘English as skill’ workshop this summer by professional trainer Nimisha Handa. This is a very interactive communications and presentation class using mind mapping and videos.
We have a also started a regular class for learning English (Monday-Friday for class 10 and above). Besides learning grammar students have to give a presentation in class everyday.
Weekend skill building and creative workshops
Weekend activities are for fun and learning. We are glad to have professional experts volunteer their time to conduct workshops, beginning in April.
- ABC…Campaign’s Asrar Haque and Let’s Volunteer’s Abhijit conducted a 2 day Children’s Leadership workshop, Khalbali full of activities and team work.
- Film maker Yousuf Saeed did a full day workshop on ‘digital video making and editing using a smart phone’. He also gave an orientation on different careers and job opportunities in the media profession.
- Cartoonist Gopal Shoonya conducted a session on cartoon making and satire.
- Huma Parvez, an architecture student involved students the art of papier mache starting from scratch to build a table for the Centre.
- Astronomer Amitabh Pandey brought his telescope for a moon sighting evening. More than 50 children and young adults queued up to get a closer view of the moon.
- Komal Kasera, a ‘Teach for India’ fellow gave a short orientation on teaching skills to our educators.
Thanks to a collaborative books collection drive by Storytime, ABC…Campaign, Imperfect and FFEC we have started a small library and are working on a project to inculcate a habit of reading among children.
Book donation drives were conducted in different colleges of Delhi. Two boxes of boxes came all the way from Kochi in southern India.
We are also raising Rs 5000 to buy a Pratham books package of 125 books.