Samarpan School, Kishangarh, Vasant Kunj, N Delhi: 460 Children
The school was started in April 2007 with 40 children in the mornings, providing informal education. Today it has 150 children aged five to fifteen from Nursery to Class 5 studying from prescribed CBSE textbooks. Children passing out from Class 5 are helped to get admission in senior secondary schools.
A computer centre was set up in February 2011 with ten computers and two teachers. Classes run from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Children receive a breakfast of cereal and milk, a snack during break and rice, dal, a green vegetable, roti and salad for lunch; egg, soy nuggets, banana and a seasonal fruit once a week.
Christmas, Divali, Id, Independence Day, Republic Day, the school’s Foundation Day are regularly celebrated with dance, song, drama and a special meal.
• Our first batch of Class 5 students was admitted to Class 6 in April 2011 at Akshay Prathistan, an excellent school in the neighbourhood.
• At a health camp conducted in January 2011, only one child was found to be borderline anaemic.
• We held our second Sports Day on 10 February 2012.
• Our first Parent Teacher Meeting was held in April 2011.
• We started Taekwondo classes effective November 2011.
Afternoon Tuition Centre
In February 2009, a tuition centre was introduced from 3 p.m. to 4.30 p.m. for children going to government schools. We have 160 children from Class 3-12 who are taught from their school textbooks.
In November 2009, we expanded by bringing in rag pickers’ children from the vicinity to attend school from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Their reluctance to join a school was soon overcome and they shifted to the morning school. This slot was converted into an additional tuition centre for 160 children. Children in both afternoon sessions are given lunch.
• Children from Class 5 regularly attain over 60% in their annual examinations and pass the entrance test for the prestigious Government Pratibha Schools.
• Our first student to appear for her Class XII CBSE Board Examination, March 2011, got 72%. She has been admitted to Delhi University in the B.A. Programme.
Today, we have a truly inclusive school of about 460 underprivileged children of parents from all religions and walks of life – rag pickers, labourers, petty vendors, gas delivery men, rickshaw pullers, domestic maids.
Vocational and Extracurricular Activities
Vocational classes include mehndi, fabric painting, embroidery, tailoring, knitting, dance, singing, Madhubani painting, art and craft.
A two-week self-defence course for girls was conducted in 2010 in association with Delhi Police.
Summer and Winter Camps
The school remains open throughout the year, to ensure good nutrition and keep the children off the streets. Remedial math and spoken English classes are conducted. The children are provided a snack and lunch every day. Several school and college students volunteer their time during these periods.
• Textbooks and uniforms are provided to the children in the morning session.
• Children of all three sessions receive stationery and notebooks, as they require.
• We provide a sweater, blanket, schoolbag, jeans, a pair of shoes and two pairs of socks to each child once a year.
• Children are regularly inspected for physical hygiene. They are given soap, toothbrush, toothpaste and shampoo periodically.
• An inoculation programme is underway.
• The health camp was extended to the afternoon tuition centres.
• An eye camp is underway.
• We de-lice the children weekly, with a mix of margosa and camphor oils.
• Children from all three session were de-wormed in January 2012 with single-dose 500 mg Mebendazole tablets, to be repeated every six months.
• A gender workshop for girls was initiated in February 2012, which will be an ongoing exercise and will extend to boys as well.
In March 2011 we enrolled adults – mothers of our children – in literacy classes for one hour per day. We currently have twenty-two adult students.
As of 1 March 2012, we have rented two additional rooms in an adjacent building and started a crèche for children aged two to four and a half years.
• Volunteering your time
• Donating funds
• Assisting with formulation and implementation of curricula (if you are a teacher or education professional)
• Sponsoring rent and salaries
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click here to read the article from Hindustan Times, Live South Delhi, 19.02.09