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  Project Name


Apna Skool - 2008



Jagriti(Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti)



Education - Child






Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


Rs 404450


  Year Approved








  Chapter Coordinators


Saraswathy Ramamoorthy







Apna skool in action!





Apna Skool - An Innovation in Education.

The Apna Skool project is an ingenious and creative idea developed to provide free education to the children of migrant laborers in Kanpur, UP, India by the NGO Jagriti Bal Vikas Samiti. Kanpur sees an influx of migrant laborers coming into the city to work at brick kilns and construction sites. Jagriti realized the need to provide these children access to education. They also realized that the education would have to be given in a non-formal and hands-on way to make it interesting, understandable, and beneficial for these children. Hence the idea of an Apna Skool, literally, our school. Apna Skools are non-formal schools that are set-up at a brick kiln or cosntruction site. The venue for each apna skool stays constant year to year so the workers can bring their children back to the same setting every time they come to Kanpur.

Along with education, Jagriti also provides the children with nutritious snacks during the day, uniforms, winter clothes, and of course, educational materials. They also organize health/immunization camps and screenings for the workers and children, and run mobile libraries providing children access to books, videos etc.

Here are some examples of the non-formal methods used to teach at the Apna skools: teaching artithmetic using pebbles, stones, leaves; the use of games, stories, songs; a focus on day-to-day vocabulary rather then the alphabet and so on.





Some of the major achievements of this project are: 1. Implementation of approx. 15-20 Apna Skools at various locations in Kanpur 2. Some children from Apna Skools have been admitted to local government and private schools - what a wonderful achievement! 3. Two teachers from Apna Skools were permitted to teach at the government primary schools where children from Apna Skools were admitted And to top all, the NGO has gained credibility and recognition from the laborers themselves who now recognize the importance of education for their children. Jagriti has been able to help the laborers understand how important it is for their children to have continuity in their education; the laborers promise to return to the same brick kiln or construction site every year so that their children may continue education at the same Apna Skool every year.





The Apna Skool project aims: 1. To provide educaton to the underprivileged children of migrant laborers 2. To provide nutrition to the children 3. To protect children from child labor 4. To provide basic health and hygiene awareness to children and their parents 5. To provide primary health care to mothers and their children. From the goals stated we see that although the Apna Skool project spefically aims at educating underprivileged children, the project also encompasses many other important and related goals. One- the NGO realizes that providing underprivileged children with education alone is not enough when the children are underfed. Two - good health is required for the overall well-being of a child. Three - And who better to spread awareness of health and hygiene issues than the parents of children? Recognizing that it is important to tackle these issues as well the NGO has included these in its aims.



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