A couragious and democratic step is taken. The concept of Phase Out is introduced. Planning Cum Micro Realisation a concept developed by Mr. T.K. Mathew of Deepalaya shows a new but sustainable path towards community development.
The objective of Deepalaya School is to impart knowledge to all children who join the school, especially from economically weaker sections of the society. With this aim in view children from poor families are offered English medium free education, free supply of books as well as summer and winter uniforms. They are also given free transport to and from school. Since physical health is important for mental growth the children are given nutritious supplements like milk, eggs, biscuits and fruit during lunch break. Keeping in pace with the modern educational philosophy Deepalaya school tries to provide as much extra curricular activities for the children as possible, in order to achieve all round growth and development amongst them.
Regular visits to places of historical importance are arranged. These visits help children not only to understand and appreciate the heritage of India but also offer them opportunity to mingle with other children. Besides class room teaching, children were taken on picnics and study tours. Visits were arranged to Rail Museum, India Gate, Red Fort, Nehru Planetarium, Appu Ghar etc.
The children are encouraged and imparted training in music, dance, painting, games and craft. The constraint of space does not allow us to give full fledged training. However efforts are made to make children understand the rudiments so that they can develop the activity of their choice later in their life. Following this came Independence Day celebrations. Children drew pictures of the Indian National Flag, sang patriotic songs and were told about the struggle for freedom, leaders of the struggle and sweets were distributed.
School reopened for the new academic year 1988-89 on July 18th. Keeping with the holiday hangover and mood, and the belief that fun should not be missed out on a cartoon film ‘Jungle Books’ was screened in the school premises on 18th August. The children enjoyed it thoroughly.
An educational trip was arranged for the children to the Nehru Planetarium at Teen Murti Bhawan on 25th August, where they participated in the 1 1/2 hours live show in Hindi telling them about shapes in the sky, to locate direction by identifying the pole star. Children answered questions put to them after the show and then were taken to Teen Murti Bhawan where Jawaharlal Nehru, the first Prime Minister lived and is now a national museum.
On this modern age, extra curricular activities play a very vital role in the education of a child. As this has to be encouraged in all its aspects, we sent three teachers to Bal Bhawan in Delhi to get trained at the ‘creative art workshop for teachers in June. We also sent two teachers to Madras in June to attend the training course organised by Aide et Action in modern methods of teaching in all subjects. In the month of August a teacher and the sponsorship administrator attended a letter writing workshop held by Aide et Action at Bangalore.
During Dushera Holidays 6 teachers attended a week long workshop held at Sardar Patel Vidyalaya premises by the ‘Ekalavya’ group from Madhya Pradesh who are successfully intervening in teaching programs in Madhya Pradesh in order to render it more creative, effective and geared to the needs and abilities of the children. The Workshop dealt on ‘curriculum development’ but ‘which it gave us is an ideas approach’ to learning, areas to new books in each field, groups and resource persons, who could help us concretise these ideas with time and geared to the special needs of our children and to introduce this into our methodology and syllabus. A series of workshops beginning in December are being planned to make this a reality.
1st December we had two visitors Mrs. Gayatri Moorthy and Mrs. Jose Paul from the Educational Planning Group who came to meet the teachers and children, understand our situation and prepare the Maths and language skills workshop for January. We also had a visit from ‘Vidyajyoti’ who are conducting the first of the workshops on 17th December on the ideals and objectives of the society and its mission of working for the underprivileged, on our contribution to the cause and the impact of our interactions.
Lessons were on in full swing and on the 13th of October a session on Micro teaching was held by the teachers who had attended the workshop at Madras, for those who had not had the opportunity. The importance and value of planning lessons, chalking out objectives, activities and content in imparting education to the children was demonstrated by Mrs. Chauhan and Ms. Namita. Preliminary discussions were held as to having lessons plans weekly and teachers diaries for the new academic session.
Children are given medical aid in School. The school doctor visits the school once a week and attend to the medical needs of the children. The medical attention plus the refreshments and milk we give the children every day, have improved their health and most of them have gained weight and also they are free from serious illness.
A child to child health program for the older children, and a preventive/promotive health education program for the women and mothers was initiated in the Transit Camp community with the voluntary assistance of a doctor from the All India Institute of Medical Sciences on 26th November to be now conducted every Saturday as an ongoing program. The first topic discussed with the children was ‘water’, its source, importance, maintenance and its relevance to good health and the topic for women was ‘Antenatal care’. There was a very good participation and we had a full, responsive room and audience.
Doctor’s visits continued every Tuesday and it is gratifying to note that none of our children came down with any serious illness especially at a time when Delhi itself was stricken with cholera, gastroenteritis and other epidemic.
Miss Mellerary the sponsor parent visited the school on 6th January 1988 and she was very happy to see the school activities and her sponsor child. Mr. P B Lebas Director Aide et Action, Paris and Mr. James Arputharaj of Aide et Action, Madras visited the school and the Kalkaji slum area on 7th March 1988. Mrs. Odilie Richard and Mr. Eric Mason of Aide et Action visited the school on 18th March 1988 and they were happy to see the programme. We had a visit by Ms. Antonia Derry of Save the Children Fund on 26th August afternoon accompanied by other members of her team, namely Ms. Kum Kum Ghosh, and Anisha Verghese.
Visits of dignitaries such as foster parents from abroad and members of organisations which help us provide a welcome change in the daily routine of the school. Children as well as teachers are excited at their arrival, and you have to see to believe how these slum children welcome them with their face beaming with joy and how they say ‘Good Morning uncle’, ‘Thank you uncle’ ‘Bye Bye uncle’ etc. at the appropriate time. When they are asked to say one rhyme or sing one song in English, they sing two or three at a stretch without stopping. They are really happy when the visitors come and they try to impress them by showing off.
3rd November brought a visitor to the school and programs. Mr. Add Van der Meer from ICCO who later met the teachers as well to discuss and understand their role in this endeavor of reaching out to the underprivileged and extending to them our timely support until they can themselves cope with their situations and trying conditions of life. On 10th November Mr. & MME Faribeauti from Villemomble, France visited the sponsor child of their friend and the slum area. They were happy about the visit.
Parent Teacher Meeting
Before the school closed for summer holidays on the 13th of May we had the parent teacher meeting. It was done class wise so that the teachers could discuss with the parents all their problems without difficulty. Most of the parents showed interest in their children’s studies. Their only disappointment is that they can’t help their children at home as they are illiterate.
Examination – Promotions
An assessment of the children and their progress was done for all classes. In the month of March annual examinations were conducted and the result declared on 23rd March and children promoted to higher classes. Following this, parent teacher meetings were held to brief the parents about the child’s performance and how it could be strengthened with their support and cooperation and how we could join hands together in the interest of the child. First terminal examinations were held from 19th to 23rd September and report cards given on 30th September.
The second quarter of the academic year 1988 began on 3rd October, with Gandhi Jayanthi token celebrations as 2nd October was a Sunday. Children were told about the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the freedom struggle, his ideals and vision and his great contribution to India and her people.
Although examinations were scheduled from 12th to 16th December (2nd quarterly) the children have a pleasant break in between on 15th when they have a puppet show being conducted by Shri Ram Centre Repertory called ‘Maya Tiraya runs away’. The show was held at St. John’s school grounds in collaboration with food specialties who distributed free ‘Maggi’ noodles to the children. With the conclusion of exams and the pangs of report cards, comes the annual day function and the Christmas celebration scheduled for 23rd December, the last working day of this term and this year, when the children will go on stage to present their talents in song, dance, drama and PT in the presence of their parents and the Deepalaya family as well. Small Christmas gifts are to be given to the children by Santa Claus and the holiday season commences until we are back together for the third quarter in January 1989.
Children have sent two letters to their sponsored parents, one during November and another in February and the annual progress report was sent during June and promotion list during July.
Termination Of Sponsorship
During March two, in October 1 and in December seven nos. of terminations cases and replacements were sent. The list of children studying in Deepalaya both sponsored and non sponsored except those in Deepalaya PLAN is furnished separately. The list of staff for 1988 is also provided.
Strength Of School in 1998
|Paying Section||Morning Section|
|U K G||13||10||23|
|Standard I A||10||14||24|
|Standard I B||13||8||21|
|U K G A||20||13||33|
|L K G A||8||24||32|
|L K G B||19||11||30|
Sponsored children in Deepalaya Schools = 313
|St. John’s School||36||34||70|
Sponsored children studying in other schools = 88
Sponsored children = 114
Non sponsored children = 77
Total children inTransit Camp = 191
SANJAY AMAR COLONY
NON SPONSORED CHILDREN
|L K G||40||18||58|
|L K G||32||29||61|
TOTAL CHILDREN = 187
Aide et Action France = 275
Save the Children Fund, UK = 240
Total = 515
Non sponsored children = 77
in Transit Camp
Sanjay Amar Colony = 187
Total = 264
STAFF STRUCTURE JANUARY TO DECEMBER 1988
|S.No||Deepalaya School||Transit Camp||Sanjay Amar Colony||Deepalaya PLAN||Total|
|3.||Development promoters/Social Worker||1||1||18||20|
|4.||Community Workers/ Teachers||17||6||7||86||116|
|5.||Subject Matter Specialists||3||3|
|9.||Office Staff (administration)||2||10||12|