Little Shabnam no longer spends her days doing domestic chores
"I have always wanted my children to be educated and stand on their own feet. I want my girl to be equally educated as my son. I don't want my daughter to get married early, like I did. My daughter will be an independent person in life." This was Shabnam's mother's dream for her.
Shabnam Seth is a 5 year old girl who lives with her parents in the construction workers' slum in Powai, Mumbai. Both her parents are daily wage workers. Their family income was less than Rs.6000/- ($83) per month. School was never considered a priority. Even at that tender age, little Shabnam would help her mother with daily household chores.
One of the Udaan Kindergarten teachers who was conducting an outreach program in the colony saw Shabnam. They counselled her parents to send her to school. Her mother couldn't believe that they could now not only send her to school but also an English school.
They enrolled in the Kindergarten at Udaan and made a commitment that they will enroll her in a government (BMC) school after kindergarten.
Shabnam now studies in the Tirandaz Municipal School in Powai. She loves school and her new friends. Her day is no longer filled with domestic chores but rather learning and playing with her friends. She also gets a nutritious snack before she goes back home.
Today her mother can't hold back her happiness seeing her young girl speak in English.
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What the beneficiary gets
The Kindergarten program at Udaan is a one year foundation level programme that aims to facilitate school readiness for children of 4-6 years from low income communities.
Donations to this program cover the cost of teachers' salaries in the schools
The program aims at building a strong foundation in numeracy, language and social skills in a safe, secure and happy learning environment.
There are 4 Kindergarten centres run by Udaan located in the construction workers' slum in Powai, Tirandaz MCGM School in Powai, Udaan Learning Centre at Pawar Public School, Chandivali, and MPS School Varsha Nagar, Vikhroli Parksite.
The average class size of this programme is 30 with a teacher student ratio of 1: 15. The school admissions work on both outreach by the Udaan staff as well as direct enquiries by the parents.
The students belong to low-income communities in and around the school. The class teacher follows up on any absentee students if they do not attend school for more than 3 days and takes corrective action as appropriate.
Impact of the program are as follows:
School readiness in children
Awareness of desired behaviour
Foundation for basic literacy and numeracy, fine and gross motor skills
Development of social skills
Increased parental awareness about education
The Kindergarten programme at Udaan has been operational since 2009.
The Udaan Kindergarten runs daily for three hours every Monday through Friday from June to March. The KG team of 10 lead teachers, 10 assistant teachers, and 2 supervisors are responsible for implementation of the programme. Their remuneration is provided from Udaan India Foundation.
When you donate to this program you help poor children take their first steps in education that can change their life.
UDAAN India Foundation
23 May, 2022
School support programme report
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Udaan India Foundations’ (Udaan) pre-primary and primary School Support Programme is an in-school intervention, where we work with children (Junior Kindergarten to Grade 3) from low-income communities in Vikhroli (West), Mumbai to provide a strong and holistic educational foundation. It focuses on nurturing the emotional, physical and cognitive areas of a child’s development. During the academic year 2021-2022, we have continued with the virtual learning programme, with an emphasis on making quality education accessible to students and preventing learning loss. Our focus between July 2021 and December 2021 was to strengthen synchronous learning in a virtual environment and prepare for a hybrid learning model because of schools reopening in physical spaces. With a fixed time table and regular hours of synchronous learning engagement every day, our students have been achieving their learning outcomes. As of December 2021, we had 532 enrolled students with an average daily attendance of 83.14%. The following have been our areas of work during the reporting period: ● Achieving academic learning outcomes by supporting foundational learning across classrooms. ● Engaging with external partners to drive sessions that foster brain development and develop 21st century skills. ● Recognizing and engaging parents as primary stakeholders in their children’s education by providing platforms for open communication and creative expression. ● Improving professional skills of teachers through focused training and workshops. ● Bridging the digital divide. ● Preparing for and initiating a hybrid learning model for Grade 3 The major highlights from July 2021 to December 2021 are as follows:
● 88 devices have been distributed to support virtual learning for students. Phone recharges have been done for 229 students in the reporting period.
● To encourage students to read every day, we use the Readalong App developed by Google. It is a speech-based reading app that allows children to practice reading skills. The app has an in-built AI assistant which makes it an engaging and user friendly app. All of our connected students from Grades 1 to 3 are users of Readalong.
● We piloted the Brain Boosters programme in collaboration with WhiteHat Jr. to facilitate the brain development of children for students of Grades 2 and 3. It was extended to include Grade 1 from November 2021. 20 volunteers from WhiteHat Jr. led sessions created in house by Udaan, to instill creativity, critical thinking and problem solving among 271 young learners. The sessions included a brain gym activity, engaging logical thinking activities and a task to assimilate the information. Through four modules - The Creative Me, The Thinking Me, The Curious Me and the Observer in Me, students learnt about the phases of the moon, sea creatures, lives of penguins and whales and birds around us. They also created their dream schools and came up with creative solutions to prevent littering in their communities.
● The holistic development of a child involves stimulus and input from the community surrounding the child which includes not only teachers but also parents. To facilitate learning from parents, we conducted our first-ever virtual parent and child collaborative competition which focused on allowing parents to explore their talents and collaborate with their children in an engaging atmosphere. Parents and students both participated in a rhyme competition. While Grades Jr. and Sr. KG presented nursery rhymes, Grades 1 to 3 prepared and presented poems of their creation. The competition allowed an insight into the hidden talents of our parent community.
● Unit Tests I and II were conducted in July and September 2021 respectively to assess student learning and areas of improvement. Term End Assessments were conducted in October 2021. The median score across classes for Term I was 86.70%.
● Students celebrated Udaan’s 17th anniversary, Ganesh Chaturthi, Independence Day, Diwali with great fervor. They did so by drawing posters, dressing up in costumes and learning the significance of the day.
● 9 volunteers from WhiteHat Jr. drove the Christmas celebrations for 178 students across Grades 1 and 2, where they discussed the story behind Christmas. Students also expressed their wishes for their family members and friends. Grade 3 celebrated the day with their teachers at Udaan’s Centre for Change.
● Daan Utsav is celebrated every year in Udaan from the 2nd to the 8th of October. This year, the central theme of Daan Utsav was ‘The Invisible String’. The idea was to acknowledge the fact that all of us - humans, flora and fauna coexist in a balanced yet fragile harmony. Through sessions and competitions, the students engaged the larger community to celebrate this intricate web of connections, and to understand the value of ‘Compassion’. Students of all grades participated in ‘The Green Ties’ Competition and attended a storytelling event about a tree that wouldn’t let go of its leaves.
● Our teachers were a part of the Nature Conservation Foundation’s ‘Early Bird’ program, where they underwent a 5-session long training on exploring birds and learning how to transact the knowledge pieces in their classrooms through expertly curated games and activities. This series of sessions were led by experts in the field of bird watching. Each session provided an opportunity to learn more about the birds in our immediate surroundings, their identification, characteristics and calls.
● Our CSR Partner Teleperformance organized a donation drive for our students. Stationary, games and clothes were distributed to 271 students on 18th December 2021. Volunteers also contributed their time to take part in the distribution and interactive activities with the children.
● Maths workbooks from 321 Education Foundation were distributed to Grade 3. English workbooks that were created in- house were also distributed to Grades 1,2 and 3. Additionally, certificates were distributed physically to competition winners and best performers in all classes.
● Udaan and Swasth Foundation joined hands in December 2021, to focus on the physical and emotional well being of our parent community. On Sunday, 19th December, a health camp was organized for 37 parents. Swasth’s team conducted an interactive health awareness workshop followed by a personalized check-up for parents. This was followed by health talk on 26th December where the test results were shared and parents were apprised of symptoms and prevention of chronic diseases. The resource person from Swasth also talked about behavior change in food intake and exercise
Challenges faced and next steps
The second wave of the pandemic had hit everyone hard. Many of our students' families had suffered financially and emotionally. This was coupled with continued school closures. Parent Teacher meetings were conducted to provide a safe space for parents to express their concerns and to assure them of Udaan’s support. During the reporting period, 88 devices were distributed and 229 phones were recharged for students to ease access to learning. The programme coordinator provides an emotional anchor to parents during weekly check ins.
We connected with several students who had not been a part of the education system over the previous year, due to lack of connectivity. After assessing the level of learning loss, we implemented a rigorous remedial program that is catering to their needs.
In November 2021, schools opened physically for Grades 1, 2 and 3, which required us to alter our classroom schedule. We also started before-school offline classes on alternate days for Grade 3 at Udaan’s Centre for Change. Here too, we adopted our learning schedule to inculcate a hybrid learning environment to allow our students the best of both settings. Regardless of online or offline classrooms, we ensure that teachers communicate regularly with students outside of class. Our monitoring system includes 5 calls every day. This encourages student participation and allows the redressal of any student specific problem.
Over the next six months, we aim to:
- Ensure a continued average attendance of 85%
- Ensure a safe and smooth transition to a hybrid learning environment for our students.
- Ensuring a learning poverty of 0 at the end of Grade 3.
- Preparing for academic year 2022-2023
Stories from the ground
Success Story 1:
Shreya Vishwakarma is currently a student of Sr. KG D at Varsha Nagar MPS School. She has been with Udaan since July 2021. For the first few months, Shreya was an extremely quiet child. She did not like participating in class and her performance on learning outcomes was also low. Afreen Ma’am, her class teacher noticed this and made pointed efforts to make her comfortable. She started calling her after class to talk about her day. She also made sure that she asked some simple questions to Shreya in class every day, encouraging her to answer. In a few weeks, she saw a marked improvement in her behaviour. Shreya became a more regular student and also participated more enthusiastically in class. In October 2021, Afreen Ma’am asked her to prepare for ‘The Green Ties’ competition. Shreya hesitated initially, but with enough practice and encouragement from her teacher and parents, she put up a confident and winning performance in the competition. Afreen continually keeps in touch with Shreya’s mother to understand her progress. Her mother wants to continue with Udaan, even though the school is a considerable distance from their home and travelling might be difficult for this once the schools reopen physically.
Success Story 2:
Saurabh Chauhan is a student in Grade 1. His family was in their village for the first four months of the academic year. He faced repeated network issues and was often unable to join his classes or submit his homework. Nonetheless, he was an active participant whenever he could join and listened carefully. Shakuntala Ma’am noticed that Saurabh learnt better when the information was presented slowly. She took a deliberate step in that direction to support him when she saw him trying. To counter connectivity issues, she sent him worksheets and videos on SMS and helped him outside of class. In a few months, she saw a change in Saurabh’s behaviour. He took charge of his performance and with the help of his mother, did everything that Shakuntala Ma’am suggested him to do. He practices speaking skills by speaking in front of the mirror, reads everyday and asks questions when he is stuck. He is a much more confident student now- eager and curious to learn. He also won an award for his presentation in a competition held in January 2021.
5 October, 2021
Programme Impact Report
Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months
Udaan India Foundation’s (Udaan) pre-primary School Support Programme is an in-school intervention, where we work with students of Jr. KG and Sr. KG in Model Public School, Varsha Nagar in Vikhroli (West), Mumbai to make them school-ready, and enhance quality education in municipal schools. During the academic year 2020-21, we bridged the digital divide by providing smart devices to each child, and swiftly adapted to virtual learning with an emphasis on providing access to students to quality education, and preventing learning loss during the pandemic. Our focus between January and June 2021 was to strengthen synchronous learning in the virtual setting. With a fixed timetable, and 2 hours of synchronous learning engagement every day, our students achieved their learning outcomes. In addition to focusing on foundational numeracy and literacy skills, we also focused on building resilience in our students, by integrating life skills into the curriculum. The curriculum included sessions on identifying and dealing with feelings and emotions, building self-awareness and personal safety. The sessions were implemented through stories, videos, discussions, art-based activities and games. Major highlights from January 2021 to June 2021• Virtual competitions provided students with an opportunity to present their learnings. In January 2021, students of Jr. KG and Sr. KG participated in the competition titled, ‘What makes me unique. While some students shared their talent in dancing makes them unique, some shared their ability to help others in the house makes them unique. • Term End Assessments were conducted in March 2021 to assess learning outcomes in the students. The median score for Jr.KG and Sr. KG was 98%. All students performed well and were promoted to the next grade. Report cards with a snapshot of their scores were distributed to the parents. • The first-ever virtual summer camp at the School Support Programme was organized from April 1 to April 15, 2021. 216 students engaged in read-aloud activities, storytelling sessions, art-based activities and hands-on experiments. The summer camp was an exciting end to the academic year 2020-2021. • Before the new academic year 2021-22 began, admissions were conducted for both Jr. and Sr. KG. Intensive teacher training was conducted around the flipped classroom approach, specific pedagogical techniques on reading, numeracy, teaching science, classroom management, student and parent engagement and encouraging social-emotional well being of students. • New academic year commenced on June 1st 2021 with 135 students with an average attendance of 78% connected in pre-primary grades. The year started with much fervour with parents being active partners in a child’s learning process.
Challenges faced and next steps
The second wave of the pandemic hit everyone hard. With rising cases, many of our students' families suffered financially and emotionally. Parent-Teacher meetings were conducted to create safe spaces for parents to share their concerns and address them. To address parent’s financial challenges, Udaan recharged phones for students to ease access to virtual learning. Parents were also assured of Udaan’s support, emotionally and in their children’s access to learning. The programme coordinator continues to provide an emotional anchor for parents during weekly well-being check-in calls with them. We connected with several students who had not been a part of the education system over the previous year, due to lack of connectivity. They continue to face the impact of the learning loss. A rigorous remedial learning program set-up continues to cater to their needs. We ensured that class teachers communicated regularly with all students and continue to focus on connecting with students. Our monitoring system included 5 student calls every day. This encouraged student participation and allowed the redressal of any student-specific problem. Over the next six months, we aim to:1. Bridge the digital divide of new students connected this year.2. Ensure reach to 200 pre-primary students with an average attendance above 85%3. Build strong foundations for language and Maths, critical thinking and scientific temperament4. Enhance the physical and emotional well being of our students by focusing on health and hygiene, emotional awareness and resilience.
Stories from the ground
Impact story: Naitik Avadhi is currently a Grade Sr. KG student at Varsha Nagar MPS School. He joined Grade Jr. KG in the School Support Programme in August 2020. Realizing early years of learning for critical growth of a child’s brain, Udaan provided a smartphone to him to provide access to virtual learning. Even then, his parents were not comfortable with online learning. He seldom attended his classes, and when he did, he lacked attention. His mother started to lose hope. Naitik’s class teacher invested time to understand the challenges faced by the family. She had a focused conversation with Naitik’s mother and made her realize the importance of foundational skills that will develop in the initial years of school. She also made her understand the long term impact of any learning loss at this age. Her conversation resulted in improved attendance. Continued focused intervention with Naitik’s mother, extra sessions with Naitik, ensured that by March 2021, he reflected a good grasp on the learning outcomes. Naitik is now in Sr. KG and has a different class teacher. The new class teacher of the year 2021-22 happily shares that Naitik does not show any learning gaps or lack of interest in class and that she could never have guessed that he was once a student who was on the verge of dropping out of school.
23 March, 2021
Udaan 2.0 - No Lockdown on Learning
In these unprecedented times, more than 1.5 billion students and youth across the planet are or have been affected by school and university closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We, at Udaan India Foundation, decided to ensure ‘No lockdown on Learning’ for our community and in June 2020, the team designed a response intervention to help students meet their basic needs and continue their learning journey. We focused on three themes - connectivity, well-being, and learning. We work with families who are primarily engaged in blue-collar jobs, a sector that was worst hit due to the pandemic and the consequent lockdown. A majority of the students are also first-generation learners. To address the basic needs of the community, we provided ration to 225 disadvantaged families who were worst hit by the lockdown.
A lot of students' families did not own a smartphone. Ones that had access to smartphones had to share it with multiple siblings, faced data constraints, or were taken to work by the parents. The digital divide meant that children could not be engaged meaningfully. To bridge the digital divide and ensure connectivity and access for students, we partnered with ConnectFor to distribute 236 phones and tabs.
Lastly, we set up structures with simple design interventions. We kept in mind that the solutions were low tech, simple, and effective. To achieve this goal, our teachers went through intensive training to upskill their knowledge on how to teach remotely and in a virtual setting. Currently, we have 362 students connected with us virtually. At the learning center, we use the blended learning approach to focus on curricular and co-curricular teaching. Curricular learning is achieved through synchronous and asynchronous learning.
In asynchronous learning, teachers send videos and worksheets to students on WhatsApp, and in synchronous, teachers conduct weekly zoom classes to strengthen the learning and address any gap in their understanding. Creativity and critical thinking is an integral component of the model. These skills are encouraged through weekly project times, art activities, reflection activities, science experiments, problems solving situations, and monthly competitions.
5 July, 2020
Foundation years of 21st century learners!
Foundation years of 21st century learners!
In the last quarter, the focus of the programmes was on providing unique learning opportunities for the children. The emphasis was on co-scholastic learning to ensure the children become confident learners with enhanced general awareness and good communication skills. Children of Grade 1 and Grade 2 participated in a Spell Bee competition that enabled them to memorize spellings and learn the meanings of words in a context. The learners from these grades also participated in the General Knowledge quiz that strengthened their general awareness. During Sports day, held on 7th and 8th January 2020, students and volunteers participated in various games such as relay race, hurdles race, hoop race and cone weave race that ensured they learnt collaboration, team work, handling failures and celebrating victories. Focusing on building scientific temperament in children, the first ever science exhibition was conducted in the school, where 20 students of Grade 1 and Grade 2 explained concepts of science ranging from rotation of Earth to solubility to magnetism. The first ever annual day with more than 100 participants was organized on 28th and 29th February 2020 to provide an opportunity for children to showcase their creative talents. The students performed in the musical based on the theme - Mumbai. From showcasing the Koli community, to highlighting Mumbai as an entertainment and financial capital, to celebrating the spirit of Mumbaikars, the children enthralled all with their performances. In our school support programme, the highlight of the quarter was that parents became partners in their children’s learning and actively participated across all events.
19 November, 2019
Kids engaged in diverse extra-curricular activities
Kids engaged in diverse extra-curricular activities
22 July, 2019
The Kindergarten programme at Udaan provides access to affordable preschool holistic learning to children from low income communities. The programme aims at facilitating school readiness, developing language, numeracy and social skills in addition to engaging parents in the child's learning process. The focus of the last quarter was on building creativity, communication and general awareness of children through fancy dress competition, story telling competition, and general knowledge quiz. Sports is an integral part of child's learning at Udaan Kindergarten. Children enthusiastically participated in the Annual Sports Day while proud parents cheering for their little ones.
Story from the field
Sakshi Upadhyay lives with her guardians in Varsha Nagar community in Vikhroli Parksite. Her father, Vikas Upadhyay, is a farmer and mother, Sadhana Upadhyay is a home maker. Both her parents live at their native place in U.P and Sakshi came to Mumbai at the age of 5 years to live with her relatives.
Away from her parents when Sakshi joined Udaan Kindergarten at MPS Varsha Nagar,in August 2019 she used to cry a lot. Scared about the new environment, she was introverted and would just sit in one place and not participate in classroom activities. With constant care, motivation and support from her class teacher, within few months Sakshi became comfortable and adjusted to the new environment. Also, the class teacher regularly met her guardians to ensure they are equally supportive towards her at home.
Through the active partnership between the teachers and her guardians, Sakshi has become an active learner. She is usually the first one to answer any questions and loves reciting rhymes. She has become more social and interacts with her classmates and teachers with confidence. She participated in Dance and MPS Sports Day and scored 1st position in hula hoop race. She has shown a positive learning curve and enjoys coming to school. She now maintains a high attendance and was one of the top students in final assessments
|What is the expected total number of beneficiaries in this program for FY18-19?||250|
|What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date||264|
|Village/City/State where project is located||Powai, Mumbai|
|Total Budget for the project for FY18-19||2009494|
|Total Expenses for the project YTD||1748032|