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MAHALAXMI MUMBAI PUBLIC SCHOOL - AKANKSHA FOUNDATION

as well as a giving experience. The progamme develops in each child a sense of dignity. They believe that an early start with good basic education is the best way to help Mumbai's slum children help themselves. These schools are in partnership with local municipalities. and to help them plan how they can earn a steady livelihood as a step towards improving their standard of living. a commitment is made to support each child by providing a strong educational foundation. Over the past 10 years. innovative and targeted towards developing each child holistically. Thus. with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system. Education at Akanksha is non-formal but structured. A center can be based in a school after school hours. Akanksha is a unique learning. . Through the centers. Akanksha does not invest money in brick mortar. Akanksha or Aspiration is a non-profit organization that educates less privileged children from Mumbai's slum areas and provides them with vocational opportunities. initiating school reform through The School Project. We use existing under-utilized space. good time. Currently.ABOUT AKANKSHA The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education. and providing a supplemental education through the Akanksha centers. in its own way Akanksha is helping mold its children to be socially responsible citizens. For each volunteer. Akanksha has managed to create opportunities for 1000 children who study in Akanksha centers. self-esteem and values. Akanksha has 25 centers and 15 schools in Mumbai and Pune. housewives and professionals. colleges. creative. enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. integrity and the self-confidence to take on the world. Volunteers comprise school and college students. Akanksha works in the field of education. We aspire to provide them balanced education that focuses both intellectual and emotional development. Volunteers are an important part of the programme and over 250 volunteers spend time teaching at Akanksha. Akanksha reaches out to over 4400 children through two models: the afterschool or center model and the school model. offices and other existing spaces. The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune.

Akanksha tries to be the hand they can hold and the opportunity they can take.Akanksha's vital aim is to integrate the children into the formal school system. Volunteers can play a vital role in their educational programmes. Children need a physically and psychologically healthy environment to work and play. They need someone to show the joys of childhood. . Trapped in a daily cycle of forced work and physical and emotional abuse they grow up without experiencing any part of childhood. We provide them with the additional support that they need to keep them in school and monitor their progress. books. Akanksha today has 17 schools. These beliefs from the base of their educational philosophy and curriculum Established in 1991 as a registered charitable trust. AKANKSHA BELIEVES * * * * * Good education accessible at an early age is the best way to help less privileged children help themselves. The children therefore attend the formal school as well as the Akanksha school. We reimburse parents for the children formal school expenses like fees. For this the teachers counsel the parents on the importance of education and the necessity of going to school. 850 children and over 300 volunteers. etc. they need educational opportunities so they can build a better future for themselves. mental and emotional development. A balanced education must focus equally on a child's physical. It is important to instill dignity and self-worth in children if they are to become good citizens. uniforms. WHY AKANKSHA? Today an increasing number of children are born and live in one of the numerous slums spread all over Mumbai.

assisted by volunteers and social workers. There were thousands of slum children who needed and wanted to be educated. enthusiasm and time to teach these children. centers are run in under-utilized buildings and spaces for 21/2 hours a day. We want each Akanksha child to * * * * * have a strong educational foundation have a deep sense of self-esteem have a good time in a space where they can be children successfully complete secondary school Grow into concerned citizens and leave with a job. Founded on the principle of maximizing existing resources. AKANKSHA MISSION The mission of the Akanksha centers is to impact the lives of less privileged children enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. And there existed pockets of available spaces located in schools that seemed ideal teaching environments.HISTORY The Akanksha Foundation was started in 1990. Each center is staffed with professional teachers trained in imparting the Akanksha curriculum and methodology. Akanksha has grown from an organization run completely through voluntary efforts to a professional institution with full-time and part-time staff that channel voluntary efforts towards providing educational opportunities to less privileged children. Registered as a charitable society and trust in 1991. was to bring together the three kids. There were thousands of college students who had the energy. THE AKANKSHA CENTRE Akanksha believes that a strong afterschool model can effectively fill many of the gaps in the school system. Once they made this three-way connection the first Akanksha center was born. Akanksha began with a simple idea. The simple idea then. . student volunteers and spaces. five days a week for a group of 60 children.

AKANKSHA TEAM 1. In 2007. etc. they catalyze social change amongst the parent community just as an Akanksha center strives to do that with the children. while helping to develop strategy and long-term planning. Director – CLASS (Career. conducted by the Social Work team at all the adolescent centers educates children on dealing with alcoholism. through monthly parents meetings. the community and Akanksha. She took over as CEO in January of 2010. 5. later moving on to manage the Beyond School department serving all adolescent children of Akanksha. CEO . kids with single parents. for four years. and trying to control dropouts from the system. At Akanksha. against physical abuse and parental neglect. Director – Human Resources – Nupur Bhargava 9. she became the Director of The School Project. launched to create a network of high-achieving schools within the government system. The Social Workers are in the communities every single day and are respected Akanksha representatives in the communities. substance abuse as well as issues related to sex and sexuality. hygiene. Director – Marketing – Chitra Pandit . Chief Learning Officer – Reena Shah 4. 3. 2. accounting. the social worker monitors parental involvement. coordinates with the BMC. AIDS. The Empowerment Program. Life and Socio-emotional Skills) – Poorvi Shah 6. Smita provides leadership and coordination in all administrative. budgeting. Besides ensuring that children attend Akanksha and formal school regularly. and business planning efforts. educates parents on health. They recruit the children: the poorest kids. Director – Education – Anjali Sabnani Director – Operations – Anandhi Yagnaraman. she served on the team to create a blueprint for Teach for India. Director – Art – Ruchika Gupta 8. first generation learners are given priority. At Akanksha. Consultant – Strategy – Sreeja Nedungadi 7.Vandana Goyal Vandana worked with the Boston-based nonprofit organization Citizen Schools. Chief Financial Officer – Smita Kaushal Smita is a qualified Chartered Accountant and a law graduate with over 20 years of experience in key roles with Siemens in India and other countries.AKANKSHA SOCIAL WORK It is the social worker who maintains the link between the parents. an organization dedicated to changing the life trajectories of underprivileged children in urban areas.

they collect funds through online donations. Mahalaxmi. proposals. 8 basic intelligences that the school successfully use in their lessons: musical.primary Coordinator: Ruzin Master Timings: 12:30 PM – 5:30 PM Address: Near Mahalaxmi Temple. It generates funds from corporations and individuals through word of mouth. . intra-personal. MANAGING FUNDS TO RUN AKANKSHA * * * Akanksha Foundation does not get any aid from the government to run its programmes. presentations. inter-personal. Mumbai Students: 32 Students Retention Rate: 94. spatial.ABOUT MAHALAXMI MUMBAI PUBLIC SCHOOL Mahalaxmi Mumbai Public School Pre. marathons and other fund raising events. and kinesthetic intelligence. linguistic. Also. mathematical.1% Teachers: 4 Teachers Attendance Rate (2012-2013): 93% * * * Has Junior & Senior KG in Afternoon sections. visual. Bhulabhai Desai Road. Behind Shobha Hotel. Offers a unique program where children learn through multiple intelligences.

They want to encourage them to dream. It is founded on the principle of maximizing existing resources. How they are differentiating themselves from other private schools? Akanksha has a strong afterschool model can effectively fill many of the gaps in the normal school system. assisted by volunteers and social workers It works on donation and it is not expensive as other private schools. they want to empower them to deliver on their dreams. Each center is staffed with professional teachers trained in imparting the Akanksha curriculum and methodology. 2. ACTIVITIES DONE * * * * * * * * Aid teachers in maintaining class order. etc.1. Focus of each and every student while teaching. Assisting teachers with differentiated learning strategies. To help the students to learn and write. . five days a week for a group of 60 children. But more importantly. Everyday revision of days. How do they are attract students (why people send their children to their schools)? At Akanksha they offer a unique teaching program where the underprivileged children learn through multiple intelligences They want to impact the lives of less privileged children enabling them to maximize their potential and change their lives. Theoretical as well as practical education. Everyday homework. centers are run in under-utilized buildings and spaces for 21/2 hours a day. numbers. Encourage students to give answers.

The progamme develops in each child a sense of dignity. they become role models and friends to all Akanksha students. As per the guidelines given by the Akanksha group we also taught the students English letters and correcting them if they went wrong in given homework. integrity and the selfconfidence to take on the world. often times finding they becoming more and more involved with Akanksha as the years progress. integrity and the selfconfidence to take on the world How to mould children to be socially responsible citizens How to integrate the children into the formal school system Making children understand about what is good and bad for them As a volunteer. innovative and targeted towards developing each child holistically. creative. Thus. Akanksha was a unique learning. * * * * * * * * * * . as a volunteer the activities done by us were to help the student to learn and write English Language. More than this. Along with that we made numbers chart for the children to understand the addition. We learned about how to make children’s understand about what is good and bad for them in the way of teaching them in schools and cultural activities.* * * * * * Volunteers are an integral part of Akanksha classrooms in both schools and centers. creative. With the help of Akanksha's group we were able to learn about how to integrate the children into the formal school system. LEARNING * * MMPS has a unique style of teaching Education at MMPS is non-formal but structured. They aid teachers in maintaining class order and assisting teachers with differentiated learning strategies. innovative and targeted towards developing each child holistically The progamme develops in each child a sense of dignity. in its own way Akanksha is helping mould its children to be socially responsible citizens. as well as a giving experience. Education at Akanksha is non-formal but structured. In Akanksha.

They believe that an early start with good basic education is the best way to help Mumbai's slum children help themselves.CONCLUSION * MMPS is a BMC’s organization that educates less privileged children from Mumbai's slum areas and provides them with vocational opportunities Now BMC schools are revamping their education system with the help of NGO’s like Akanksha It aspires to provide them balanced education that focuses both intellectual and emotional development “Akanksha” or Aspiration is a non-profit organization that educates less privileged children from Mumbai's slum areas and provides them with vocational opportunities. It aspires to provide them balanced education that focuses both intellectual and emotional development * * * * * * . Over the past 10 years. Akanksha has managed to create opportunities for 1000 children who study in Akanksha centers.