Educational Support for Marginalised Children in four Government Schools (Hyderabad)

The programme primarily works with underprivileged schools and deserving students from the existing 4 Government schools in and around the Hitech City area of Gachibowli, Hyderabad to promote qualitative learning. The aim of the programme is to run the Government school in a more focused manner, where the staff, volunteers and mentors can fruitfully contribute towards the vision of providing qualitative holistic education to the students. It started its operations in 2010 when the student to staff ratio of one school was 350 to 3 respectively. Since then it has expanded its area of work in an additional 3 Government schools. The programme concentrates on a structured approach to teaching and conducting activities as per the baseline assessments. Through co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, it was able to meet the two most important challenges the students faced: irregularity and parental non-involvement. The programme has enhanced qualitative learning through different programmes like the literacy programme, life skills programme, and value based education through sports, activity-based learning and extracurricular activities like dance, theatre and arts & crafts. The overall reading comprehension, writing skills and communication skills of the students have improved drastically.