Children from marginalized families rarely have opportunities to participate in co-curricular and extracurricular activities. Further, they lack opportunities to reinforce their school learnings as most of their parents are not educated. To help such children in improving their talents and abilities, GMRVF has started After School Learning Centers (ASLC) and tuition centers at many locations. The aim of these centers is two-fold:
a. to strengthen curricular learning
b. to give children opportunities to get involved in extracurricular activities.
The after-school activities take place on a regular basis and are taken care of by the volunteers appointed by Foundation. These volunteers implement different activities that promote the holistic development of the children. Apart from academics, these activities include cultural events, debates, quizzes, elocution, bridge courses etc. Foundation also organizes picnics and education trips for the after-school children.
The after-school learning activities have improved the learning standards of the children and have served as a great opportunity to discover and develop the innate talents that the children possess.
- Currently the Foundation is working with about 8000 students through ASLCs and tuition centers.
- Cultural teams have been formed in many schools.
- Different activities outside the curriculum related to environment conservation, hygiene and sanitation etc are organized through which not only children but also the elders in their families sensitized on these issues.
- The activities of ASLCs and tuition centers have a positive influence on the drop-outs/ potential child labourers, and other stakeholders in the community like parents, school teachers, employers of child laborers and the general public.
A Dream Come True!
Meet Aakash. He stays at Savda, Delhi and used to be very shy and hesitant. He used to feel nervous to ask teachers about the doubts he had regarding the subjects, to face exams and even to speak in front of a group. That is now an old story! GMRVF motivated young Aakash to join the ASLC Programme. Then there is no looking back. Aakash started attending the curricular and co-curricular activities by the ASLC.
The activities organized at ASLC and his achievements in those activities have improved Akash's confidence and he started displaying the same confidence in his regular school activities too. "Pahle mein khul ke bol nahin pata tha, ab mein kisi bhi jagah aatm-vishwaash ke saath baat kar leta hoon aur school mein sawal poochhane mein darata nahin hoon. Mujhe ab exam se bhi darr nahin lagata hain" (Earlier I was hesitant to speak but now I am confident enough to speak in any forum. I don't fear asking questions in school. I don't even fear to face any examinations), says a confident Aakash.
The ASLC Programmes have not only improved his confidence but also gave him a very strong foundation in studies. The regular classes and the Special Exam Preparation Classes helped Aakash to learn the topics well. The result was a whopping 94% in Std. X Board Exam. He would like to become an engineer in future. The After-School Learning Programs at Savda Resettlement Colony helps many children like Aakash to realize their dreams.