Pre-School Education Program (Balwadi)

This program aims to address the educational needs of the children of the socio-economical background communities in the slums of Mankhurd. These are mainly the migrants from rural Maharahstra and north India came to Mumbai to make a living. Living in the slums with minimum basic amenities, struggling with meager income from vending and hawker jobs, education doesn’t find a priority for their kids.

Pre-school is the place where children build their foundation for learning. But many parents are not convinced of it. But even those who are convinced that pre-school is important they consider it the primary leaning of language and counting. They are not willing to change their concept of pre-school. They are in need of demonstration of what it is and how it functions.

About 60 pre-school students and their parents are target group. The program is planned with parents and periodically received with them.

Parents accept pre-school as foundation of learning for children and program suitable for it.

The indicator is findings of a questionnaire filled by parents at the end of academic year.

The objective is overall development of a child and preparation for schooling. Parents’ full participation and collaboration is both a method and an objective.

The indicator is the yearly assessment record.

An unplanned possible outcome is that parents demand similar program and output from other Balwadies

Activities:

  1. Intake of students
  2. Class activities and teaching
  3. Home visits
  4. Parents Meetings
  5. Seminars, Workshops and Exhibitions