Children’s Development : Making Learning Rich and Fun for Village Children
Children in government schools do not get too many opportunities to learn through extra-curricular activities. Though talented and enthusiastic, they do not get a chance to develop their potential. The ant has been working to give village children, especially those studying in government schools opportunities to have a rich and varied learning experience and through that, to develop their potential to the fullest.
For the past few years now, our team has been forming children’s groups in villages and carrying out activity sessions with them using games; drama; art and craft, song & dance etc. Every Summer and Winter holidays sees us organizing fun activity camps along with the children. We are the first to give such opportunities to village children in our area. The learning exchange and celebrations & events promote cross-cultural exchange even as children gather to interact and learn.
S4D : Sports For Development
With technical support from Magic Bus Foundation of Mumbai, in May 2015, we launched a large scale Sports education programme in our villages. Working with the same set of children for 3 years, we will be working to ensure the physical, mental, emotional and social development of over 3000 children from around 150 villages in Chirang district. Sports and games sessions will be held with children every week based on some customized curriculum. Through sports based sessions, we will address and improve on education, hygiene and health; gender equality; peace and justice; child rights and also socio-emotional learning of children. We have also introduced “Ultimate Frisbee” in our Deosri cluster as another tool of development for children in our evening study centres.
Science on Wheels
Most of our village childen fail in science and maths. Also there are high levels of superstitions among most. We started a new programme to make it more active and fun, the learning of maths and science. Our Science Van faciliatators goes once in 2 weeks to 12 partner government schools and suppelments the learning of science through exepriemnets. Over 1200 children benefit from these regular classes. Class 10 children have monthly sceince workshops to revise their lessons. Apart from these, Science Exhibitions and Science Awareness Progammes are held in remote schools and in the community. We are exploring the possibility of starting a high-quality Science Resource Centre in the BTAD area. This would cater to the training needs of teachers and others.
Youth Development Programme
The S4D programme for children will be carried out by over 200 CYLs –Community Youth Leaders. These CYLs chosen by their villages will volunteer 2 hours a week to run the S4D sessions for children of their village. On our part, we will ensure this group of youth also gets opportunities to develop and realize their own potential. We hope to work on the all-round development of our young CYLs, including making available opportunities for securing their livelihoods. We hope to be able to offer vocational skills development in our centre which has been built.
In addition, we support our youth to protect and preserve their music, dance and other positive expressions of their culture.