Gole Kuan is a slum area in the national capital that houses hundreds of daily wage workers from the nearby Okhla Industrial Area; the residents belong to socio-economically backward classes and struggle everyday to make ends meet. In a scenario where the primary concern for people is earning enough money to afford two square meals a day, aspects like health, hygiene and education are bound to take a back seat.
With an objective to sensitize slum dwellers regarding the importance of cleanliness and hygiene in their daily lives, a group of 10 students of Deepalaya Learning Centre, Gole Kuan performed a street play (nukkad natak) inside the community on 6th July 2018.
The students were guided by Ms. Savitri, one of the teachers from our Learning Centre. The five-minute-long skit successfully highlighted the “importance of Swachhata in communities”, the menaces caused due to littering and resultant spread of diseases, the initiatives individuals can take to keep his/her surroundings clean, and so on. After the skit, the students also conducted a “swachhata rally” with hand-made posters, and also took up brooms to clean the roads.
The initiative garnered a lot of appreciation from the community. The students also interacted with the audience, as some people came up with the problems they face owing to the piling up of garbage, plastic, dry waste, etc. around their houses.
A teachers’ training workshop was conducted on 28th, 29th & 30th of June at Deepalaya School, Kalkaji Extension for the teachers of DSKE, all learning centers and Deepalaya School, Gusbethi. Prof. (Dr.) MC Jacob, who recently retired from HM Patel Institute of English Training & Research in Gujarat, conducted the workshop. It was a two-hour-long session, which acted as a refresher course on “English language and Grammar” for our teachers from across various projects (non-formal/formal education related) in Delhi-NCR.
Prof. Jacob spoke at length about phonetics, tenses, and so on, and the various nuances to keep in mind while teaching “parts of speech” to children. He also talked about maintaining a healthy and vibrant classroom environment through games and activities, and outlined the dos and don’ts for teachers. A similar workshop was conducted on 30th June at Deepalaya School Gusbethi. This time, 34 teachers from the school attended the workshop.
The sessions proved to very useful for our teachers who were immensely benefitted by the vast experience and knowledge sharing of Prof. Jacob. The sessions were followed by lunch and internal networking.
Thirty seven students and two staff members from Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir, Gurgaon Distt., Haryana visited Deepalaya Children’s Home, Gusbethi on 2nd July 2018; the school is named after Shri Ramankant Munjal, erstwhile Managing Director of Hero Motocorp.
The visitors were given a warm welcome by the staff and students of DCH. Around 30 students from DCH participated along with the visiting group in activities like painting competition, story writing, speech on “Swachh Bharat”, etc. The students who stood first, second and third were given prizes. The students of Raman Munjal Vidya Mandir were delighted to mingle with their less-privileged peers staying at DCH.
Hereafter, a plantation drive was conducted in the adjoining grounds, where everyone participated with enthusiasm. In the end, refreshments were given to all and a photo session was conducted to record the memories.