“ Half of the curriculum walks in the classroom with the students,”as quoted by Peggy McIntosh Well, this sentence gained meaning for me when I started facilitating in the classrooms. Pooja and I(Diksha) joined as a fellow at Apni Shala Foundation.
At Apni Shala, we build Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) opportunities for children in municipal schools, low-budget private schools and other NGOs, primarily in M and L wards of Mumbai.Our vision is to build social and emotional competencies among individuals so they can constructively engage with society and have a harmonious co-existence. I facilitate to over 250+ students every week so that they reflect upon their emotions,channelize their thoughts and explore their competencies.I believe Social and Emotional Leaning gives a way to students to constructively engage in dealing with challenges of every day lives.
Our spaces are designed with art, drama, songs, games and community projects. To create a more wholesome and long-lasting impact, we also work with parents, guardians, teachers and other stakeholders through our awareness sessions and campaigns.
When my Grade 4 engage me in conversations like this:
Diksha - konse se log hain joh hamare samaj(society) mein aate hain?
Students - teacher, papa, mummy, chacha
One of the students asked - Didi kya mere samaj mein mera kutta(puppy) aa sakta hain kya? Mera puppy mera friend hain toh main usse bhi mere samaj mein lena chahata hu.
As being a facilitator it opened my mind towards the definition of society ,such important things which we as adults often miss out my students pointed out. My definition of society changed towards an inclusive society where we can not only imagine people but animals and nature too.
My passion for this work comes from this beautiful and such eye opening conversation. Where not only i teach but learn. Also being able to make a circle where all students share their experience of life which can be valued and used for learning.
My aim of this campaign is to raise an amount of INR 26,000 to provide Year Long SEL to 10 of my students.
What will it make possible?
- You'll thereafter be informed about how you helped make a difference.
- You get the chance to interact with the children you supported and observe Apni Shala sessions.
- You will receive email updates on stories from the students' development and growth