In 2015, Vikas, along with a team of professionals and Teach For India alums, started Sunshine Schools with the vision to provide high quality and affordable education to children living in low-income communities in Delhi.
Sunshine Schools has been particularly impacted due to the pandemic as we serve a financially vulnerable segment of society. Almost 50% of our parents have lost their sources of income and are not able to continue with our online classes. So, from 600 children, our current enrollment has drastically dropped to 300 children. Unfortunately, our major expenses of teacher salaries and rental expenses have not reduced in a corresponding manner as we are committed to providing the best online education we can to the children still enrolled with us.
As of result, we are facing a shortfall of Rs 15 lakh in this financial year. Without your assistance, we might have to completely shut down our school for this academic year leading to tremendous hardship for our teachers and our students.
How can I help?
2. Share with at least 3-5 of your family/friends through whatsapp and facebook
What is Sunshine Schools? Who is behind the organisation?
Sunshine Schools was started with the vision of providing high quality education to students from lower income backgrounds. As of March 2020, it had 600 students across its 2 branches, one each in Delhi and Ghaziabad. Sunshine Schools was founded by Vikas Jhunjhunwala and Rahul Ranjan. You can read more about them here. You can also read the Sunshine School story in this Business Standard article.
Who will the donation go to? What will the donation be used for?
The donation will completely be used for teacher salaries and rent. The founders and senior most staff will not draw any salaries during this financial year.
How will Sunshine School ensure quality education for the children during lockdown? Do online classes work for these children until they are allowed to attend school?
The entire faculty and management of Sunshine Schools is currently engaged in ensuring the success of online classes. We use a combination of short you tube videos, whatsapp messages, phone calls and video calls to connect with our children and keep them learning and engaged.
For each lesson our teachers create a short you tube video explaining the concept [visit the Sunshine School YouTube Channel]. Along with the video, the teacher sends a worksheet over whatsapp (click here for an example). Once the child sends the work back to the teacher, she corrects it and shares the corrected work back with the child. If the child still hasn't understood the concept, she schedules a video call with the child. In exceptional situations, she calls the child to school to explain the concept in person. Physical notebooks are deposited by parents once a week for correction by our teachers. Children love seeing their notebooks corrected and getting stars or compliments for good work. :-)
The teacher also has weekly scheduled video calls with each child individually or in a group setting to connect with the child and meet her social-emotional needs. This helps the child bond with her teachers and fellow classmates whom they haven't seen since March.
Finally, using the above methods, we also have extra-curricular activities such as art and craft, dance, morning assembly and celebrate festivals such as Rakhi, Eid, Independence Day, etc.
In this manner, even during the pandemic, we are committing to what we do best - focusing on a child-centric pedagogy and constantly innovating to ensure that our children continue learning and growing toward their individual dreams.