Ever since the government took over the balwadis /or started anganwadis in the vastis we were concentrating on giving educational inputs through Support classes. Additionally, in the Pardhi/Lamani vastis we also continued with our own balwadis also.
In 2019, a total of 48 children joined the government run Zilla Parishad Primary Schools, while 58 children joined the balwadis/support classes. All together 279 children received elementary education through our support classes and balwadi. In previous years and now on we teach our children alphabets, nursery rhymes, numbers and other basics in English.
The teachings we teach to our students are:
Stand up please, Sit down, Stand up, Look at me, Show your left hand, Vowels/ sounds – a,e,i,o,u. Other English teaching included, Ending Sound, Short Vowels. Names of Animals, Household Instruments, Colours, etc..
Children were also taught Marathi alphabets, numbers, etc. We teach Marathi though it is their mother-tongue. We teach them how to learn, read and write in Marathi.
Environment teaching also was included; trees, plants, insects, water, earth etc. We want to create awareness about environment among our students.
The stories of great leaders including Mahatma Gandhi, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, Jawaharlal Nehru etc were also part of the teaching curriculum.
Gramin Punarrachna Kendra is in kothala, Kallam, Maharashtra, India. We are a non-profitable organization working for the upliftment of Pardhis, Lamanis and dalits people in rural and remote areas of Kallam. There are so many villages where the ray of sunlight means the power of education did not reach even after 72 years of independence.