Making high quality & value-based education accessible to children of all backgrounds, with a wholistic approach to child development.
Aseema operates under two models – adopting low-income municipal schools in Mumbai and Bal Shaikshanik Kendra in Igatpuri, Maharashtra.
Aseema set up Bal Shaikshanik Kendra with a view to providing education for tribal children from the neighbouring areas. The school boasts facilities like a library, indoor & outdoor sports premises, a multipurpose hall, adining hall and medical room.
They provide healthy meals that are made at the school kitchen to tackle the issue of malnutrition amongst their students. Vocational training and counselling are also available to the students at this school. Aseema also set up a Community Work Cell to engage with the children’s families, to understand the challenges faced by them, to encourage them to keep the children in school to involve parents in their progress, as well as tackling health and medical requirements.
Aseema’s education program and teaching methods are influenced by the Montessori approach to help the children learn independently and experientially on the principles of curiosity, awareness/observation, exploration & action. The pre-primary class, Jal, has children aged 2.5 to 6 years to ensures that young children are not measured against
narrow age-specific development markers. They look at child development from all sides – education, nutrition, health & well-being, future livelihoods and their communities – thereby giving their students a strong foundation from which they can achieve a better quality of life.
Bansuri has supported their pre-primary program, Jal for 5 years and haveimpacted about 210 tribal children since. We also funded activities of their Community Work Cell for a limited time, notably a need assessment survey for the families to understand the health & nutrition requirements and the challenges they faced in keeping the children in school. One of the keyfindings of the survey was the harm caused by smoke from traditional chulas that were used in these homes which led Bansuri to sponsoring the replacement of these to smokeless chulas.
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