“Once she knows how to read there’s only one thing you can teach her to believe in and that is herself.” – Virginia Woolf, Monday or Tuesday
Children from disadvantaged families, especially first generation learners, are often overwhelmed when exposed to the world of academics. The home environment is not always conducive to education and sometimes, just staying in school is a challenge for them. The school support program has been designed to overcome these hurdles and to inspire and facilitate learning in a stimulating environment. We want our children to find it in themselves the willingness to keep turning the pages…
The children come to the Anando centre every day after school. Here, teachers focus on individual children, working with them to tackle the problems they face. Every child is different…some thirst for knowledge, some are naturally inquisitive while others struggle to cope with school. Yet we believe that every child is entitled to guidance and support as they search to make the most of their education. Our teachers recognise and respect individual needs. They strive to ensure that every child develops confidence and faith in themselves along with a healthy curiosity about the world around them.
“A good education is the greatest gift you can give yourself or anyone else”
– Mahtab Narsimhan
Sometimes a burning desire to learn is not enough….finances to support it are also vital. The Ajoy Shankar and Manjushree Bhattacharya Scholarship Fund, The Arunoday Mukhopadhyay Memorial Fund and The Girl Child Fund do just that and pave the way for students from low income families to further their educational aspirations.
Set-up by Adhip, Jaideep and Monodeep Bhattacharya , Abhijit Pathak and Jayati Bhattacharya,the scholarships bear the financial burden of education for the recipients. They offer the students an opportunity to study in better schools, avail of specialized help in individual subjects and receive guidance from mentors.
The scholarships are awarded to students studying in primary or secondary school. Economic compulsions and the potential of the student are the guiding factors in deciding eligibility.
HOLIDAY WORKSHOPS (CHHUTI’R ANANDO)
Please excuse the mess…the children are making memories!
– From the Internet
What vacations bring when they knock on our doors, we all are familiar with! While most children do not allow themselves the scope of being ‘bored’, parents worry about leaving them completely to their own devices while they are away at work.
This is where Chhutir Anando, steps in. Every year these day-long activity camps take the children away from the monotony of long days, the dusty streets and the dangers of that lurk there. The children do not complain! They have a grand time filling the long days of summer with creative fun and in the process learn something new. Gardening, book binding, papier mache, colourscaping with tie and dye and puppetry have all been on the agenda over the years. And not to be left behind, the facilitators and volunteers too shed their regular selves and give themselves up to the magic of chhuti’r anando!