Learning Curve Foundation works with children and teachers in under resourced environments – their effort is to enable the school through a life skills education approach, which is established as critical for improved adulthood and life outcomes. I am part of the Learning Curve team, and I work closely with the school leaders and the teachers to ensure effective impact.
It was a mix of realizations, discovery and coincidence that brought me to Learning Curve – I believe that my own passion to empower children and young adults combined with a professional organization who believes in creating deep impact somehow led me to work here. I connect deeply with the organization’s philosophy and approach, and I’m bringing my skills and expertise to this problem which needs urgent attention.
I’m raising funds to run the teacher and child development programs for 2017-18 at Monarch High School from Sayeedabad in the old city of Hyderabad. Parents of most of these kids are daily wage labourers, domestic helpers, auto/rikshaw drivers. Most of these children are first generation learners and lack the caring environment making it all the more important that they need these skills much more along with the education.
Emotional and social skills help them be more confident, self-aware, manage anger, understand their emotions, resolve inner and external conflicts they experience regularly, express what they feel, make new relationships, work with teams, therefore able to reach great heights they are capable of .
The school leader, Shafi Sir leaves no stone unturned in empowering his students. Having come from similar background, having struggled at an young age, he sees the need for such skills in his community. He started the school back in 1999 seeing parents in his community not being able to afford the education for their children. He started with humble infrastructure of 2 rooms, 3 teachers and about 60 children charging Rs 50 per child and not receiving the complete fees even then.
Help me to support this wonderful school, and empower their teachers and children to realize their potential!
How will the funds be used?
The cost of the life skills program for each child for an entire year is Rs. 900. This includes a toolkit that each child will receive, with stickers, posters, and the like, an art kit, a journal, as well as assessment of progress of each child. We have 200 children between 8 and 14 years enrolled in this program.
The cost of training a teacher for the life skills program for the year is Rs. 7000. This includes an 8-day intensive training, and one-on-one mentoring through the year. We are building capacity with 10 teachers in Monarch School this year.