Our New School Support Program At Royal City School In Dharavi

Our New School Support Program At Royal City School In Dharavi

We are very sorry that it has been silent on our blog for such a long time. As you might have read on our facebook page, our Executive Director left Reality Gives due to unfortunate circumstances.

But of course we would like to inform you also about some positive change within our organisation and certainly the biggest recently has been the ones for our English Language Support Program.

In the past three years ten female teachers from Dharavi and the program head Lakshmi have been working at the local municipal vernacular Kala Killa school to teach the first three grades in English language. We have used our child-centred approach according to the Muktangan teaching methods for around 500 students in three years. It was a great time but we always had trouble conducting our programa and specific projects due to the high-standard bureaucracy at municipal schools.

Therefore we were very happy when the private but government recognised Royal City School in Dharavi approached us to teach at their school.A plan was made to create a synergetic team between teachers of Reality Gives and Royal City School in order to renovate the educational methods for the pre-school and 1st standard at the school. Thirteen teachers – three new teachers joined the team after being trained by Muktangan in the past year – will mentor and support six existing teachers. The training started before the school began and will last till the end of the
academic year.

In the subsequent years the vision is to move up the standards with the students. That can mean that by next year we might be able to reach out to even more students in the second standard and by 2015 to the third standard and so on.

But that’s not all: besides teaching English the teachers will also take on more subjects such as Hindi, Marathi, maths, physical education and story-time. They will be teaching the junior and senior kindergarten and 1st standard in two shifts every day. All together there will be around 250 students in the first year. The school provided four big rooms which our teachers , Lakshmi and our new volunteer Cecilia could decorate and design according to the curriculum and their individual ideas.

Furthermore, parents involvement will be an important landmark: Reality Gives is willing to empower and impact the community by creating a significant relationship with the families. That’s why the project wants to involve the parents in the kids’ education path, creating a stronger awareness of the importance of learning. Also there will be many more additional projects we want to establish within this new community as our art program with Bombay Underground or a new waste management program conducted by a volunteer of Reality Gives.

The school year 2013/14 started yesterday with a big inauguration ceremony at the school. We have invited Liz and Sunil from Muktangan to give them a on-site insight of the impact their great teachers training can provide. They were happy to meet parents and the new students as well as to meet again their freshly graduated teaching students Farin (19), Akali (25) and Krishna(24). All three of them are very excited to finally get involved in the program.

Lakshmi have a long speech where she thanked the reverend and managers of the Royal City School for their continuous and generous support in establishing the program at their school and of course also Muktangan for their great training since more than four years now. We are very happy to have found such great partners who are willing to support us in creating a change for our communities.

Finally we would like to thank Lakshmi who worked on this opening throughout her whole vacation in May as well as Cecilia, our new volunteer who supported Lakshmi within the last two months. Great work and well done!

Next week we will share a reflection by Lakshmi, program head of the English Language Support Program about the implementation of the program, the work with the teachers and her insights of the community. Also we will share soon more about the training of the teachers from Dharavi – stay tuned!