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United Way Mumbai (UWM)

A COMMON VISION

Creating a foundation for education that will improve the child’s success in the school system and reduce dropouts, through a model of adopting existing, underutilised resources in the government education system.

WHat THEY DO

UWM’s education program, Project Ankur, plugs into the Maharashtra government’s existing pre-primary education centres where activities are aligned to their Aakar syllabus, which focuses on early childhood education to enhance learning outcomes.

UWM monitors the performance at these centres, while providing community support that engages families to ensure that children are supported to stay in school.

Shikrapur Gaothan, Pune

Shikrapur Gaothan, Pune

Talegaon, Pune

Talegaon, Pune

Khedkar Vasti, Pune

Khedkar Vasti, Pune

Sondekar Mala, Pune

Sondekar Mala, Pune

CORNERSTONES

UWM employs facilitators and trains them extensively in the Aakar syllabus, so that they can then train and closely monitor the Anganwadi teachers to implement the program effectively.

At the four Anganwadis that Bansuri supports, there has been strong community engagement which has led to new enrolments and better attendance.

Facilitator discussions

Facilitator discussions

Sessions with students

Sessions with students

Renovated spaces

Renovated spaces

Free-play

Free-play

Physical activity

Physical activity

Sessions with parents

Sessions with parents

ADDING VALUE

Bansuri has supported the functioning of four Anganwadi Centres in Pune over the last year starting with renovations at all the centres to make them safe, child-friendly and conducive to learning.

Bansuri works closely with UWM to assess impact parameters, monitor performance, overcome challenges and make improvements in the program.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE

  • An average of 14% increase in enrolment since the refurbishments, with students switching over from privately run, English medium pre-primary schools.
  • An improved retention rate is noted with the daily attendance being 65% to 70%, across the 4 Anganwadi centres

HIGHLIGHTS

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Palak Shala (Parent’s School) is an innovative activity where parents gather in the centre to create educational material for children. They have conducted 22 Palak Shalas for the 4 Anganwadi Centres from August ‘19 to February ’20.

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Celebrated Balak-Palak Melawa (Annual Children-Parents gathering) at Indraprasth Garden, Shikrapur Pune. A total of 300+ children and parents from 4 Anganwadi centres participated in the event where children showcased their singing and dancing talents.

CYDA

Developing a positive attitude towards health, hygiene and humanity at a young age

iTEACH SCHOOLS

Filling the gap for secondary education through a well-rounded curriculum