Education is the key to change the world.
It is a fact that to bring about positive changes in our society, the first step is to provide education to all. This led to the Constitution (Eighty-sixth Amendment) Act, 2002 insert Article 21-A, and the RTE act, which came into effect in 2010, provide free and compulsory education of all children in the age group of six to fourteen years, as a Fundamental Right.
On one side we took care of the kids who were completely devoid of any education. We brought them to a platform and finally got them admitted to formal schools. This was the beginning of our first project.
Our close association with children studying in government schools brought up some interesting realizations.
• There is a huge gap between education in private schools and government schools.
• The gap in the quality of education is not so much because of the difference in the education imparted but more in the way it is absorbed.
• The contrast in absorbing what is taught in schools by the children, especially the children from economically challenged strata, is mainly because their environment is not too conducive for learning. They do not get the required atmosphere in their homes, so the children are not too keen to learn and pursue school education and they lose interest in studies very soon.
• The medium of instruction being English, a language which the children confront only in school, their understanding and absorption of it is limited or hampered.
• Although RTE ensures free and compulsory elementary education for all children, between ages 6 to 14, in the neighborhood government schools, ignorance and/or apprehensions of parents, from the economically less privileged strata, keeps children away from schools and education.
This led to the birth of SAAKSHAR HUM.
We joined hands to bridge the gaps and aid the vision conceived in Article 21A. We developed a four pronged approach to go about it.
First Project: Get To School
There are still children who are completely devoid of any education. We bring them to a platform and get them admitted to formal schools.
Second Project: Learn the Language.
Most of the schools haveEnglish as their medium of instruction. The course books are in English. The children are not able to read or comprehend the language.
This gave birth to our second project. We focus purely on developing the language skill of the students. The aim is to bring them to a level where they can proceed to higher education. In this project our focus, for the time being, is on the primary children (classes 1 to5).
Third Project: Speak Smart
We believe that the language should not be a barrier to the flow of one’s thoughts.Our third project is developing the spoken language skill of the middle school students (class 6 to 8). The basic aim is to draw the children out of their shells and give them the confidence to speak their minds out even in a language that is not their mother tongue.
Fourth Project: Happy Classes
Fourth and one of the most important aspects of our organization is to provide life skill trainings and a complete holistic development of the child. For that we organize dance classes, theatre classes and story- telling sessions in schools. We believe in inculcating the right values in a child from the very beginning. These classes provide values, build confidence, nurture talents and gives a push towards the development of a better and happier personality.
In the near future, we are working towards developing a curriculum and books which will be easier to grasp.
We encourage everyone who has a dream for a better India to join hands with us.
We are providing a platform to all like-minded people- housewives, working professionals,students, senior citizens and everyone else who believe that their time and resources can be utilized for the betterment of our society.