In West Bengal, mid day meals are given at all government aided schools under the Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS), Dept of Mother and Child, Social Welfare Govt of West Bengal.
At an ICDS center the system is run by the Aganwadi/Asha workers who manage these centers and nurture a child pre birth till age 4 and health care and day care of the child is taken care of by them. A good wholesome meal is also cooked for the
children reporting to these centers.
The Aganwadi/Asha workers get basic training in child care and hygiene and not being too educated they impart the early education to the child in the best way possible, which may
not be the correct way of imparting knowledge to the child.
Notun Jibon has the capability to launch Remedial Classes in several centers across the city of Kolkata which will house 25 small children in each class and study for three hours
ever five days a week.
We are currently doing a simple version of the same every Saturday called “Happy Times” in Rash Behari Avenue which is all about spending two hours of quality time for the homeless
children making them aware of their social rights. The classes are conducted in a park or under the open sky or at a place where they sleep. This also allows us to reach out to the
ladies in the family who at times sit around them and learn too.
The Methodology of Remedial Classes:
• Class One to class Four (age 6 to age 9) each class 25 students
• Homework/Class work to be taught/revised
• Civic and Social Sciences
• Self Hygiene and Environmental Hygiene
• Art and Craft
• Music and Games
• Excursions and tours and holding out door camps.
The students will also be given an evening snack consisting of:
• One glass of Milk (200 ml) and one banana
• One boiled egg and four slices of bread
Teachers to be B.Ed and if possible Montessori Certified with flair in English and fun loving too. Classes will be more on experiential Learning and sharing rather than conventional
teaching methods and a lot of music and dance and theatre and activities will be brought in so that “Learning is fun” and the child looks forward to coming back the next day. The longing to come back and participate should be the key take away.