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Citizens Association for Child Rights CACR

Annual Project Report


July 2014 to June 2015

Writer: Lara Shankar


Inputs from: Nitin Wadhwani, Lara Shankar, Mohindru Mirchandani and Richa Singh.
Editors: Vidya Vaidya, Nitin Wadhwani
Cover Design: Anagha Nigvekar
Layout Design: Nikita Sayed

INDEX

Note from the founder

CACR Introduction and Background

CACR Team

CACR Volunteers and Members

Projects

CACR Events

CACR Partners

Future Plans

Overall Results from this year

Note from the Founder


Greetings to all, Im proud to acknowledge that it has been a very
positive year for our NGO CACR, not only did we manage to execute
most of our projects well, but we also now have a fairly strong connect
with the MCGM Education Department in Mumbai.
CACR is probably unique in its approach, operating within the
framework of the MCGM Education System while questioning the
concerned authorities simultaneously, striving for accountability on
all levels. Our various suggestions regarding requirement of education
from pre-primary to Class X in every Municipal School, providing varied
and quality mid-day meals through Centralised Kitchens, etc. have been taken seriously by the
authorities and we will put in all our efforts for their proper implementation during this academic
year.
We also recognise the need for interacting with our political representatives and sensitizing
them about the importance of ensuring quality education as well as health care services for the
children enrolled in Municipal Schools.
With a lot of new interesting projects designed, like the introduction of skills based vocational
training, regular health check-ups, educational trips for children to various places like Nehru
Planetarium, getting support from NSS for greater outreach in implementing the existing
Computer Literacy Programme, increasing the Spoken English Programme to many more
Schools, strengthening our association with CFSI and Enactus HR, and getting support from the
reputed J J School of Fine Art to help in imparting Art education to children in MCGM Schools,
we have a lot of intense work to look forward to.
I must thank each and every member, volunteer and intern, who has participated and helped us
to implement these projects during the year and look forward to their continued support. We will
continue our efforts to reach out to newer members to further strengthen our network, amplify
our voice and uphold the rights of the underprivileged child.
Lastly, I would like to state that NGOs have an important part to play, understanding the various
schemes and policies of the MCGM and our Governments, State as well as Central, and ensuring
that these reach the actual beneficiaries rather than creating parallel systems within the MCGM
Education System.
CACR is in for the long haul, ensuring accountability in the responsibilities of the MCGM and the
Government in providing free, compulsory and quality education and healthcare to all children.
To do this we need all the support we can get. On behalf of all the CACR members I sincerely
request for more volunteer involvement and commitment.

Nitin Wadhwani
Founder Director
Email: connect.cacr@gmail.com

Citizens Association for Child Rights - CACR


Introduction

Citizens Association for Child Rights (CACR) is a not-for-profit organisation working towards better access
to education for children belonging to economically-challenged backgrounds in Mumbai. The focus of
the organisations work is to ensure that basic education and healthcare remain accessible to all, ensuring
that disadvantaged children are protected from further vulnerabilities. CACR works to ensure that Mumbais Municipal Schools, function effectively providing opportunities for children to learn and grow to
their full potential. A dedicated team of professionals, volunteers, and like minded citizens volunteer to
closely monitor, visit, and work in these Schools.

Vision

CACR aspires to be one of the most credible and respected NGOs in the field of education and healthcare
rights of children. By working within the framework of the education system, strengthening it and not
creating parallel systems, CACR aims to ensure the best possible quality of education and healthcare for
underprivileged children.

Mission

CACRs mission is to get like-minded citizens to take active part in improving the system of education and
healthcare for underprivileged children, improving accountability in the system and to become a strong
and credible voice in demanding rights for underprivileged children.

Goals
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.

Ensure increased student enrolment in MCGM Schools


Work towards student retention in Schools
Extend basic civic rights to marginalised communities
Work out processes for ensuring right to healthcare
Demand rehabilitation of children who are presently employed by businesses in violation of the Child
Labour Act
6. Essential educational necessities of handicapped and special children are met

Short and long term goals

CACR has also identified, as part of its targeted intervention, some short and long term goals. While we
believe that sharing monitoring and evaluation reports will go a long way in fixing the lacunae in the system, we also would like to focus on short term goals that can immediately help the children in the MCGM
Schools. These inputs are given to the teaching staff during formal meetings of the education department and they include RTE training, teacher training, method to conduct enrolment drives and spoken
English classes. These initiatives take note of the fact that often short term activities help utilise the existing infrastructure and help motivate the staff. Particularly, the English speaking classes and the Computer
Literacy Initiative have been able to arrest dropout of children from vernacular backgrounds.

Monitoring Indicators

In order to achieve a desired level of accountability CACR has employed a unique tool Monitoring Indicators. These Monitoring Indicators for infrastructure, curriculum, midday meals, have been devised after
careful consideration with the education department as well as the communities benefitting from these
schemes. Our team of members and volunteers visit Schools to collect data and then measure the performance of each School by employing these monitoring indicators. These parameters ensure that there is a
standard mechanism to evaluate problems. This data and analysis is then shared with all the members of
our organisation as well as with the Education Department. This is followed up with further planning and
implementation of activities together with the very people with whom the report is shared.

The CACR Team:


Advisory Board Members
Mohinder Pal Singh Bachher
Mohinder Pal Singh Bachher is a businessman trained in Marine Equipment Sales and Support. His
Marine business includes selling equipment and spares for ships and representing marine equipment
manufactures from India in U.K, New Zealand, and Germany amongst others. He has also undertaken first
level training for Water Jets, Out Board Motors and Stabilizers. M.P.Singh has been the President of the
Rotary Club of Bombay Bandra and is involved in many social activities. He is associated with the Guru
Harkishan School SantaCruz West as a Life Member, and the H (W) Ward Federation.
Meena Kaura
Meena Kaura is a teacher and social activist. She has been a lecturer at Chandigarh College of
Higher Education. For the past 25 years she has been a full time volunteer and devotee at the
Ramakrishna Mission in Mumbai. She runs the Sharda coaching classes at the Mission for children from
underprivileged families attending Schools nearby. She also organizes and conducts annual Elocution
Competition for all Mumbai Schools at the Mission. She is a Trustee of the Guzdar Scheme Residents Trust
(GSRT) since its inception, which looks after the civic aspects of Santacruz (W) residents.
Sandra Shroff
Sandra Shroff has been actively involved in the United Phosphorus Limited Company from its inception
and is currently its Vice Chairman. Some of the positions she holds include Director at Enviro Technology
Limited, Bharuch Enviro Infrastructure Limited and Vapi Waste and Effluent Management Company
Limited, Member of ICC (ICMA) western region, Associated with FICCI & ASSOCHAM, Chairman of Burns
Association of India, Airoli, Chairman of Smt Sandra Ben Shroff Gnyan Dham School in Vapi, Chairman of
Ankleshwar Industrial Development Society, Ankleshwar, Governing Board Member of Sharada Mahila
Vikas Society (promoted by Sewa Rural) Bharuch, Governing Board Member of Development Support
Centre (DSC) Ahmedabad, Governing Council Member of GIDC Rajju Shroff Institute of Management
Studies, Donor Trustee of Haria Rotary Hospital and Trustee of Gnyan Dham Vapi Charitable Trust. Most
importantly she is actively involved in the social and welfare activities of village Schools and has been
successful in establishing Schools and hospitals in South Gujarat.
Lara Shankar
Lara Shankar is a social development professional and child rights activist. She has over 12 years of
experience in the field of child rights, child protection, community development, gender and education.
Herself a founder member of CACR, she holds citizen activism and the fight for justice for children
very close to her heart. She has done a variety of work ranging from directly interacting and training
street children, qualitative research, process documentation, writing of case histories, newsletters and
annual reports, building citizen action and child rights campaigning to analysing and advocating policy
changes. Lara Shankar is a published author. Penguin India published her book of life stories of homeless
children namely Midway Station is 2006. She continues to use her writing to highlight the impact of
development work.
Anandini Thakoor
Anandini Thakoor has been actively involved in social initiatives and public service for more than 50
years. She has been associated with many NGOs, ALMs, Mohalla Committees and Citizen Groups such as
the H (W) Ward Citizens Trust, Khar Resident Association, and Bal Jeevan Trust among many others. She
is also the member of Road Safety Advisory Committee and the president of BTUA- Bombay Telephone
Users Association. She has been committed to a whole gamut of causes such as good governance and
childrens education. Anandini Thakoor continues to zealously support and guide the citizen groups and
non-profits working in these areas.

Naresh Karmalker
Naresh Karmalker is a citizen activist for the past 20 years. He has been involved in the formation of
Mumbai-based citizens associations such as the Khar-Bandra Youth Club, H-West Federation, Citispace
and AGNI. He is one of the founder-members of Mumbai 227, which was an attempt to create a common
platform for independent candidates at the 2012 Municipal elections. He is also an environmental activist
associated with bodies such Clean Bandra Campaign working with 15 Schools in the H (W) Ward on the
issue of waste management, Stree Mukti Sanghatana and Burhani Foundation. Naresh is associated
with Habitat for Humanity, an international NGO working in the field of right to housing and sanitation,
and with Business Network International (BNI). He is also part of the Editorial Board of The Teenager
Today magazine and co-founder of its event Teen of the Year.
Nanjibhai Shah
Born in a small town in the Kutch area of Gujarat, Nanjibhai Shah came to Mumbai in 1970 to become
a doctor. Since his financial conditions were not good enough, he couldnt fulfil his dream. He had two
options - either to wait for his financial condition to change or step ahead to change it by hard work. He
chose the latter. He worked as a labourer, sold kites and washed vessels, tirelessly keeping in mind his
determination to amount to something. In 1980 he opened a shop at Khar west, Mumbai with a mere
Rs. 5,000. Neelam Foodland was born. Today Neelam Foodland is a byword for those who want to buy
high quality foodstuff, including rare products that are difficult to procure anywhere else. Nanjibhai
Shahs store Neelam Foodland is today a popular landmark in the suburb.
Shailesh Gandhi
Shailesh Gandhi is the former Information Commissioner with the Central Information Commission,
New Delhi. He has been promoting and teaching RTI ACT and has conducted over 500 workshops for
students, citizens and government officers guiding them to use the RTI. He has been awarded the Nani
Palkhiwala Civil Liberties Award in 2008, the Distinguished Service Award and the Distinguished Alumnus
Award by IIT Bombay, among others.
Indrani Malkani
Indrani Malkani has involved her trust V Citizens Action Network (VCAN) in the particular matters of
Revision of Electoral Rolls, and Voter Registration/Deletion to positively impact voter turnout. As Trustee,
VCAN, and Founder Trustee & Hon Secretary of Malabar Hill Residents Association, she is associated with
many non-profit organisations, citizens groups, and NGOs who value her experience and guidance.

CACR Directors
Nitin R Wadhwani
Nitin Wadhwani is a Science graduate from Mumbai with a Diploma in Radio Electronics. He is a Director of a company, which is in the business of distribution of Electronic Components, specialising in the
field of Power Electronics. He is also a promoter of a joint venture - Indo Italian manufacturing company
- which manufactures transformers for export and domestic markets. On the social work front, Nitin has
been volunteering to improve the quality of education in Municipal Schools of Mumbai since 2008, before founding CACR in 2013. He believes in networking with like-minded citizens, institutions and NGOs
in the field of education and health to strengthen and supplement the system.
Vidya Vaidya
Vidya Vaidya is an Artist and Social Activist. She is an Alumnus of the Sir J.J. School of Fine Art, Mumbai
and has held a number of art exhibitions in Mumbai and other cities. She is now fully involved in community work for almost 25 years and deeply associated with advocacy groups to protect Public Spaces and
Child Rights. She is the Trustee and Hon. Secretary of the H (W) Ward Citizens Federation and the Gen.
A. K. Vaidya Nagar Rahivasi Sangh of Bandra Reclamation and a Member Trustee of BRAVO and Celebrate Bandra Trust which has organized the popular Celebrate Bandra Festival since 2003. She is also associated with the RTI groups of Mumbai and is one of the founder-members of Mumbai 227, which was
an attempt to create a common platform for independent candidates at the 2012 Municipal elections.
Richa Singh (Director Projects)
Dr. Richa is a dreamer, dentist, sports fan, amateur painter, and voracious reader. She has completed her
graduate degree (BDS) in Dental Surgery from Mumbai and obtained a professional diploma in management from Thadomal Shahani trust, Mumbai. She also holds a certificate in Management Principles as
well as CSR and Value creation from Audencia Nantes School of management. Richa is passionate about
the causes of education and healthcare and has volunteered with NGOs such as AGNI and CRY. She has
been part of the CACR team from the genesis and has played an active role to build and expand its impact and reach.

Team Members Central to CACR


Roshni Singh
Roshni Singh has completed her Bachelors Degree in Information Technology from M.L. Dahanukar College, Masters Degree in Computer Science from Ramnarain Ruia College and Post Graduate Diploma in
Slum Studies and Development from Mumbai University. She is an ardent worker in the field of education
and health. She believes that everyone should come together and stand for a good cause such as education and help institutions improve the quality of education.
Dilmohan Nidharak
Dilmohan Nidharak is an IT developer, website designer, activist, movie buff and sports enthusiast. He
has done his B.E in Computer Engineering from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College (T.S.E.C),
Mumbai. He has worked with Infosys as a CRM developer and is now the founder and C.E.O of VirtuoSky,
a website development company. He has been a fervent supporter of the cause of child rights and teaches Computers to School children in Municipal Schools as a CACR volunteer. He is actively involved in the
youth wing of CACR, is responsible for the I.T wing of CACR and plays an active role in maintaining and
developing the CACR website.

CACR Volunteers
CACR has a dense citizens network from various ALMs like







H (W) Ward Federation


Gazdar Scheme Residents Trust
Rotary Club, etc. and
god support from various students organizations such as
Enactus H.R.
NSS Ruia
NMIMS students body,
SoRT team of VESIT, etc.

CACR Network Location of Various projects from July 2014 - June 15 (Ward wise)

MUNICIPAL WARDS
H West
H East
K East
G South
F North
M West
L
R Central
R North
R South

PROJECTS/ACTIVITIES IMPLEMENTED BY CACR


CLP, Cleanliness week, e-Teach
CLP
CLP , Cleanliness week, Nalanda Dance initiative , Project Saarthi,
English is fun
CLP , Cleanliness week, Kalaghoda Art festival
CLP
e-Teach
Soft skill training for MCGM School teachers
School Observation
School Observation
School Observation

CACR Citizen Members Who Drive The Change With Their Exemplary Spirit And
Dedication To The Cause Of Child Rights And The Right To Quality Education are:
Mohindru Mirchandani
Mani Patel
Caroline DSouza
Dr. Sharad Wagle
Narinder Madan
Sheeba Nair
Ishan Mehta
Cdr. S.K. Jana
Shobha Madye
Baruna Amre
Debonita Biswas

Pratibha Tiwari
Marshello Mendonca
Harsha Desai
Sanjeevani Kashikar
Pradnya More
Tina Sarkar
Rahul Mody
Mr. Natrajan
Asha Chitampal
Amrapali Salvi
Anitha Chandrashekhar

PROJECTS UNDERTAKEN
1. Computer Literacy Project - CLP
With the aim of assisting the students in Municipal
School to be computer (I.T.) Literate, CACR collaborates
with the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay,
which has developed video lessons called Spoken
tutorials. The Spoken Tutorial project is the initiative of
the Talk to a Teacher activity of the
National Mission on Education through Information
and Communication Technology (ICT), launched by
the Ministry of Human Resources and Development,
Roshni teaching keyboard functions in the Marol School
Government of India.
Website: http://www.spoken-tutorial.org/

Need for CLP in MCGM Schools:


Many Municipal Schools have a computer lab with functional computers but dont have qualified teachers to impart basic IT skills. Moreover, students from the vernacular mediums are unable to grasp the
language and keyboard content in English. To address this need gap CACR introduced basic computer
training via multi-lingual spoken tutorials in MCGM Schools. In few Schools, where spoken tutorials could
not be implemented the CACR members with an I.T. background trained students on their own.

Project Implementation:
This was the 2nd consecutive year of project implementation in various MCGM Schools by CACR.
There has been both a quantitative and qualitative improvement this year.

Stats from 2013 -14:


Number of Schools - 11 Schools (IIT spoken tutorials) + 5 Schools (non-IIT CLP).
Wards - K (E), K (W), M (E), M (W), H (W), G (N)
Student Bodies volunteering - Enactus HR College, Social wing Vivekanand Engineering College
and Citizen Volunteers, TATA CMC (corporate employees).
Total number of students benefitted- 1250 to 1300 students.
Basic IT skills picked up by students in 3 - 4 hours of program exposure: keyboard familiarity,
text typing, editing, saving and opening a document.
Teacher training : 24 teachers in 6 Schools trained for 1 day by CACR; IIT conducted the teacher
training program too.
Volunteers : Richa, Roshni, Ishan, Jinal, Zinal, HR Enactus students, VESIT SoRT group, Deepak
Wadhwani, Akhil Killawala, Prafula Killawala, Sheeba Nair, Anju Agarwal, Kalpana Joshi, Dr Wagle,
Archana Wagle, Tanklane volunteers, among others.

Stats from 2014 -15:


Number of Schools - 21 Schools (IIT spoken tutorials) + 5 Schools (non - IIT CLP).
Wards - G (S), F (N), H (E), H (W), K (E).
Student Bodies volunteering - Enactus HR, NSS Ruia and KC Colleges, NMIMS student wing and
CACR members.
Total number of students benefitted -1400 students.
Basic IT skills picked up by students in 3 - 4 hours of program exposure : Keyboard familiarity,
text typing, editing, saving and opening a document, making a spreadsheet, inserting photos in a
document, creating charts.
Volunteer : Enactus HR, Ruia, NSS, NMIMS and KC College Students, CACR members, Narinder
Madan, Dilmohan Nidharak and Rahul Mody.
There was a 102% increase in number of students who underwent computer training using IIT
spoken tutorials.

Total no of students benefitted in 2 years - 2600 +

Increase in computer literacy impact

180
2014-15

Year

1190

650
2013-14

590

200

400

600

800

Number of students
CLP NON-IIT

CLP IIT

1000

1200

Train the Teacher:


To make the Computer Literacy Project sustainable it is essential to train the teachers in the Schools who
must takeover when the CACR volunteers leave. Especially, when the aim of the project is not to adopt
the Municipal School or its responsibilities but offer a limited time-bound support. Ultimately the system
must effectively function and by equipping the MCGM teachers with the required skill sets we hope to
phase out the trainings and instead monitor the program for consistent quality in teaching.
With this in mind CACR members have conducted a number of teacher training workshops on Computer
Literacy in Municipal Schools across various language mediums. Usually teachers from a medium attend
the meetings together with a full workshop comprising of 10 teachers or number of desktops at the
venue. Each session is of about 3 hours duration.
A training program for teachers and administrative officers was conducted in H (W) Ward School by CACR
Member Dr Sharad Wagle was well attended by 15 - 16 teachers and administrative officers said:
Last year I was able to bring a majority of students at Petit School to what I would call a reasonable level
of computer literacy. What they needed was further practice so that they can improve their speed and
confidence. From my experience I feel each MCGM School student from class 4 to 7 can become computer
literate in one semester through effective 8-10 computer sessions! But we need to find out how the teachers can be made accountable to what they teach. Without that I am afraid it will be a case of so much
water down the drain, no matter how we help them
Continued Efforts:
CACR has successfully lobbied with the MCGM departments to ensure each of the 200 School buildings
get its very own full time computer teacher. Also, CACR is pushing for a provision for the annual maintenance and anti-virus protection contracts for the computers by the education department. In 2015
- 2016 CACR plans to continue this program to bridge the digital divide and take on the ambitious target
to make 1.5 lakh students in upper primary MCGM Schools computer literate. More collaboration with
College student bodies for volunteer support is underway.

2.

English Teaching Program

While children from good Schools and privileged families achieve proficiency in the English language
easily, it is not so for children from the MCGM Schools. With little assistance from their homes and the
poor quality of English teaching available in MCGM Schools, children from these Schools cannot cope
without external support. CACRs efforts continue to be geared to make these children fairly proficient in
English. To achieve this it conducts the following programs in English teaching:
a.

Project Saarthi by Enactus HR College with LeapForWard (LFW)

b.

e-Teach by BCPT (NGO Bombay Community Public Trust)

c.

English is Fun by Gyanodaya

a.

Project Saarthi

Enactus H.R Colleges Project Saarthi was initiated in


October, 2013 with the aim of enhancing the
English language skills of primary students. For achieving
this goal Enactus HR College has partnered with Leap
ForWord (LFW), an NGO working in the English teaching
space for the past six years and has successfully touched
over 4500 students from various MCGM and Zilla Parishad
Schools. CACR was the facilitation and implementation
partner in MCGM Schools.

PROJECT Implementation:

Students with their English trainers

2 Saarthis (Shobha Ghewade and Sonali Shedge ) have been teaching in Nitynanand Municipal MPS
School in K [E] Ward from Feb 2015 onwards till date. Students go through -1 mapping or Pre-intervention test, 3 periodical tests and 1 final test. Detailed Performance Reports would be submitted to MCGM
for review
Target Student Group:
1st to 8th Grade Students. (90 students)
Project Timeline:
1.5 Months of classes completed till April 2015.
Classes to continue from June to August 2015
At the program completion students enrolled in the program will able to:

Read Sentences and Paragraphs made up of 3 & 4 Letter Words.

Read Complex Breakable words from (2nd to 4th Grade English Text Books).

Comprehend substantial number of words from their respective English Text Books.
On monitoring the primary students i.e. 1st and 2nd std., it was noticed that they do not grasp the
content as quickly as students from 3rd to 8th standard. Hence, we will divide their classes and may
extend the earlier time limit of the project. We have seen 44% improvement in students English Skills in
one and half months: said Shikha Rathore, HR Enactus College, Project Coordinator

b.

e-TEACH

For the purpose of teaching English to the children aged 5 to 7 years studying in MCGM Schools it was
best to use animation-dependant audio visual material. DVDs which worked with animation videos were
chosen by Citizens Association for Child Rights for the purpose. This would help both parties children
would respond better to interactive material and it would be convenient for a teacher to teach in
this manner.
These DVDs were facilitated by the Bombay Community Public Trust-BCPT and made by TATA
Interactive systems. The DVDs are based on the prescribed curriculum of the Maharashtra government.
Moreover, the DVDs are such that they do not put any additional strain on the teachers and the
instructors because they can introduce concepts of the language to children in a creative and
engaging manner.

PROJECT Implementation:
CACR volunteers and BCPT coordinators implemented the project in 16 Schools of H (W) Ward and 1
School of M (W) Ward mentioned below

H (W) Ward
Bazar Road Marathi
Petit Urdu
Khar Danda
Khotwadi Marathi
Khotwadi Urdu
Khotwadi Hindi
Tank Lane
Manekji Gazdar

Navpada Urdu
Navpada Hindi
Bazaar road Urdu1
Bazaar road Urdu2
Bandarwadi Urdu
Reclamation Chapel Rd
Station Road Urdu
Supari Tank

M Ward
Chembur Naka Marathi
Volunteers:
Swati , Madhuri, Athiya , Mr Mirchandani, Baruna Amre,
Usha
Target Student Group:
Students of 1st and 2nd Standards
Project Timeline:
From August 2014 to Feb - March 2015
Children benefitted:
In Standards 1 and 2 - 963 in H west and 20 students
in M Ward
E-Teach at KharDanda MCGM School

c.

English is Fun

Gyanodaya, a Community Engagement Initiative, in collaboration with CACR conducted the English is
Fun Program at Marol Police Camp medium Marathi Municipal School from July 2014 to March 2015 with
students from Std V to Std VII.
A part of the session is used to help children read and comprehend their English text books. Every session ends with the children being encouraged to write a paragraph in English from their lesson done in
the class.
Number of students:

60 students in Std V,

60 students in Std VI, and

65 students in Std VII.
Thus a total of 185 students, are reached out to, through this Program.

Program Implementation:
The English is Fun Program is conducted with the help of 8 volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursday at
10.30 am for a 45 minute session. The afternoon session is from 3.30 pm onwards.
The emphasis of this Program has been to give the students an opportunity to speak English and
improve their comprehension of the language. The class begins with the singing of Nursery Rhymes and
action songs etc. making it fun and exciting for the children. The volunteers have covered topics like
Myself, Use of the 4 Magic words, Days of the week, month and year, and Use of today, tomorrow, and
yesterday. The students enjoy the class and look forward to these interactions. A number of students who
found it difficult to read and write English before, have shown tremendous improvement and are motivated to make an effort during these sessions.
Said the CACR Volunteer Project Coordinator Ms Caroline DSouza:
We are indeed grateful to CACR for granting us the permission to work with this School. This being our
first experience, it has been a great learning one. Of course we need to review and modify our sessions to
meet the students requirements. The School Principal Smt. Karande and the teachers are very
cooperative and interested in the project. Parents too have expressed their happiness about the project
during the SMC meeting

Number of students for 3 English Projects


185
E Teach

90

SAARthi

983

ENG IS Fun

3.

CACR and Nalanda Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya Dance Initiative

The Nalanda Dance Research Centres Nalanda


Nritya Kala Mahavidyalaya College Of Indian Classical Dance, accredited by NAAC, is permanently
affiliated to the University of Mumbai in the
Faculty of Fine Arts/ Performing Arts aWarding
Degree (B.P.A. Bachelor of Performing Arts), PostGraduation (M.P.A. Master of Performing Arts)
and Ph. D. in Dance.
The College is housed in its own spacious
premises at Juhu Scheme, Vile Parle (West).
The Nalanda Dance Research Centre is an
officially recognized Research Institute by
the Ministry of Science and Technology,
Government of India, the only dance institution to be so recognized.
Acceptance of formal academics in dancing at the university level and recognition of dance as a
full-fledged discipline for scientific research are the two pioneering achievements of Nalanda.

Project Implementation:
The institute partnered with CACR and began working with the children in the Schools in December
2014 and a large number of students were really eager to learn to dance. Nalanda deployed 20 of their
professional dance students to work with CACR to teach the students on Saturdays until March 2015
Schools and sessions: They instructed 360 children in classical dance in 3 MCGM School buildings of K
(E) Ward involving 13 to 14 Schools including Dixit Road School, Chakala School and Nityanand School,
holding 24 sessions in all.
We have had a yearlong positive endeavour with CACR, a team that is truly dedicated and passionate
about the children they strive for. This is what has put Nalanda in awe of the concept set forth by the
wonderful team and we are ready to give our heartfelt support to the cause- Smt. Vaidehi Rele NNKM
Our aim is to spread awareness in the students of the MCGM Schools regarding alternate reputed
education options they can take post their Schooling. Besides, classical dance by itself is a matter of pride
and honour and we want the students to be aware of this wonderful heritage and culture of our great
country. It is for them to take to such honourable occupations in the future thereby earn great respect for
themselves -Smt. Kanak Rele founder of the Nalanda Dance Research Centre
Continued Efforts:
CACR looks forward to partnering with Nalanda Academy in the coming academic year and hopes to
stage a show wherein Municipal School children can showcase what they have learnt and be encouraged
to continue. Our mission is to reach all Schools and all the children.

4.

Toy Library in Nityanand School

As a pilot project, in MCGMs Nityanand Mumbai Public School, CACR entered into a partnership with
Toybank, a NGO doing the exemplary work of providing toys to children. This partnership addresses the
need of children deprived of extra-curricular activities and their right to play and leisure. A good toy
library has been set up in one of the vacant rooms in the School in Sep - Oct 2014 and children from

Balwadis and the Primary School get an opportunity to play with toys! And learn while doing so. We hope
to build on this partnership in the near future and bring a smile on to the faces of many more children in
Municipal Schools.

5.

Screening of Educational Movies in Municipal Schools

To activate the MCGM Education Departments Virtual Studio and also provide an
opportunity to children in their Schools to
stimulate their creativity, compassion and
critical thinking, CACR has tied up with the
Childrens Film Society of India - CFSI.
CFSI is an autonomous body under the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting,
formed to exhibit socially relevant, award
winning childrens films directed by some
of the finest luminaries of Indian Cinema
like Mrinal Sen, Satyen Bose, K Abbas, M S
Sathyu, Sai Paranjpe, etc.
CACR with CFSI reaches out to 480 MCGM
The children enjoying the films
Schools at one time, thus allowing more
than 40,000 children to view these movies
screened from the Virtual Studios in the Schools. Permission has been obtained to exhibit at least one
film a month on the last working day of each month.
The first CFSI film, Boond Boond se Saagar, was screened for the children through the MCGM Virtual
Studio on 31st March 2015. The film was exhibited to 311 MCGM Schools all over Mumbai and more than
10,000 children were able to view it at the same time. The second film Aaji Aajoba was shown in 246
Schools on June 30th 2015.
Needless to say, the children enjoyed the films very much.
Total reach:
557 Schools and 27,000 + children in these 2 screenings

6.

Volunteer CACR Teachers in 4 Municipal Schools

As per records available with the MCGM Education


Department, there are sufficient well paid and
qualified teachers employed as per the Teacher
Student Ratio of the RTE Act, which is 1:30 for lower
primary and 1:35 for upper primary Schools. Yet there
is always a shortage of teachers in many Schools, as
some mediums have a much larger number of teachers than required and teachers cannot be moved
from one medium to another. This along with innumerable teacher training programmes and responsibilities that keep teachers away from the School
creates a big vacuum.
CACR was requested by the MCGM department to
provide a few volunteers teachers for English and
teaching the Secondary School students.

Amrapali Salvi CACR volunteer with students

CACR provided the following teachers who taught free of cost as a short term solution:






Shobha Madge Dixit Road Municipal School (7,8,9thstandard)


Mr.Natrajan Dixit road English medium School
Amrapali Salvi Nityanand Pre-primary School
Pradyna More Chakala Marathi medium (6th Standard)
Asha Chitampal Chakala Marathi medium (4th Standard)
Pratibha Tiwari Nityanand Hindi medium (5 and 6th standard)
3 - 4 Citizen Volunteers Tanklane Municipal School

7.

Health and Cleanliness Week in Municipal Schools

CACR participated in and organised varied


activities for the Cleanliness Week in
Municipal Schools. This week long MCGM
program was called Balak Swachhata
Mahotosav organised during the celebration
of 25 years of the Convention of the Rights
of the Child and Childrens Day. The event
was inaugurated by the Chief Minister of
Maharashtra Mr. Fadnavis at Dixit road
Municipal School, Vile Parle on Childrens Day,
November 14. CACR members organized
various innovative programs. School children
were prepared to address the then AMC Mr.
Kharage via open letters, intervention and
awareness programs for parents and children,
and a 2 minute video message to the Prime
Minister was made among other events.

Dr Richa in a Q & A session with parents.

The following events were organized for the cleanliness week:




Nov 10 - Four videos on cleanliness, sanitation and hand-washing created and edited by CACR
were given to MCGM Virtual Studios to be broadcasted through the virtual classroom to 480
Municipal Schools.

Nov 13 - Screening of 2 movies on clean water and clean food for parents of Chakala Municipal
School Marathi medium was done followed by Q n A on Malaria, Dengue, Waste Disposal, and
Hand Washing.

Nov 14 - Childrens day celebration at Adarsh Nagar Worli Hindi and Marathi Schools by CACR vol
unteers and Enactus HR College students and Twitter chat on Childrens day on mission sanitation.

Nov 15 - Health talk with doctors covering dental hygiene, personal hygiene, and nutrition at
Nityanand Municipal School with 300 School children and 50 parents

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Nov 15 -Saaf Swachh Sushikshit Samaj play by Mujeeb Khan at Petit and Gazadar Municipal
School before an audience of 300 students in presence of Mrs. Apte, Superintendent zone 3 and
Deputy Mayor Mrs. Alka Kelkar.

Nov 16 - Posters on cleanliness, hand washing and waste disposal made and edited by
CACR interns.

Nov 17 - Play by Mujeeb Khan in Nityanand and Chakala Municipal School building (8 Schools
with 700 students)

Nov 18 - Children of 7 and 8 standard of Marathi and Hindi medium of Chakala Municipal School
write open letters to Additional Municipal Commissioner Mr.Vikas Kharage. Also a poster making
competition for 3 to 6 class students on the theme Clean India Mission. Prizes for top 3 given by
CACR.

Nov 19 - Children of Khar Danda Municipal


School Marathi and Hindi medium record their
2 minute messages on cleanliness for Prime
Minister Narendra Modi, Also HR College
students conducted games based on UNICEFS
project WASH

Nov 19 - Blog article on cleanliness week and


Swachh Bharat Abhiyan
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Khar Danda School event

The play Saaf Swachh Sushikshit Samaj

Packed hall of students and parents enjoying the play

8.

Meeting the MCGM Education Department during the Academic Year 2014 -15

One of major objectives of CACR is to ensure continuous interaction with the hierarchy of the MCGM
Education Department with inputs and suggestions on improving the functioning and quality of education in Municipal Schools. Issues related to implementation of various important projects like Computer
Literacy Programme, Spoken English Programme, participation of members in School Management
Committees, strengthening the E learning Programme through Virtual Studio, giving children an opportunity to learn dance, participate in health and sanitation programmes, monitoring the quality of
mid-day meals, highlighting the delays in distribution of 27 items to children in Municipal Schools, etc. to
bring about positive change.
Frequent interactions with the authorities during the year, both at Ward and Zone level and with the Education Officer, DMC Education, AMC, the Education Commissioner and also the State Education Minister
have helped to network and advocate for the right to education.
During these interactions CACR has highlighted various concerns especially with respect to the
following issues:
1.
2

3.
4.
5.

6.
7.

Proper functioning and implementing of the important clause of RTE Act i.e. School Management
Committee (SMC).
Provide varied and quality mid-day meals through centralised kitchens.CACR believes that
centralised kitchens will ensure better control on quantity, quality and nutritional value of the
meals, as well as better variety for all children under the Mid Day Meal Scheme.
Ensuring that every MCGM School provides education from pre-primary to Class X at least.
Improved quality and Timely distribution of 27 items to children as soon as Schools open for the
new session in June.
Strengthening E Learning and providing support to the Virtual Studio of the MCGM Education
Department.
Review and monitor the various Public Private Partnerships in MCGM Schools and spaces given to
NGOs for non-educational purpose.
Improved Health Check-up programmes for children and create awareness about the Accident
Insurance and the Rajiv Gandhi Jeevandayee Arogya Yojana to ensure that children in MCGM
Schools get access to good treatment in case of minor or major illness.

It is equally important that while CACR is handholding


and implementing various important projects in Municipal Schools, the sharing of observations and suggestions
with the departments and policy making members continues in order to improve the functioning of the system.
CACR strongly believes that regular interaction with the
MCGM Education Department as well as political representatives, who are equally responsible, will go a long
way in making a positive difference.
Meeting with Education Commissioner Mrs. Ritu Tawade.

9.

School Management Committees (SMC) in Municipal Schools

SMC School Management Committee is a constituent body formed in accordance with the RTE ActRight to Education Act, to monitor the various amenities, facilities, budgets, infrastructure, and most
importantly the quality of education. The School Management Committee has to be constituted in every
School, other than an unaided School, within six months of the appointed date, and reconstituted every
two years.
Composition of SMC:
As per RTE Act, 75% of the strength of the School Management Committee shall be from amongst parents or guardians of children i.e. 15 parents from 20 members.

Category

No

Position

Preference

Parent (PTA) member

Chairman

Parent of CWSN/ Vulnerable

Vice-Chairman

Head Master
Teacher representatives
Parents including from disadvantage
groupand Weaker section*
Elected Member of Local Body
Educationist/ Philanthroist / NGO / Retired
Official
Self Help Group member (parent)
Total

1
1

Convener
Member

Women
Member 1 (Preferably the
chair person)
Women Member-1
Women Member-1

12

Member

Woman Member 7

Member

Woman Member 1

Member

1
20**

Member

Woman Member1

Functioning of the SMC:


The SMC has to meet at least once a month and the minutes and decisions of these meetings, have to be
properly recorded and made available to the public. It has major functions like:
Monitoring the functioning of the School




Preparation, Recommendation, Implementation and monitoring of the School Development


Plan (SDP)
Monitoring of utilisation of the grants received from the appropriate Government or Local
authority or any other source
Performance of other functions

In our continued efforts in making a difference in the functioning of Municipal Schools, CACR had
nominated almost 40 members as NGO representatives as School Management Committee members
in various Municipal Schools during 2014 -15.
For our volunteers, functioning as a SMC member is an important step towards monitoring the various aspects of the proper functioning of the activities in a School. Its infrastructure, Mid Day Meal programme, the teacher student ratio, timely distribution of 27 items, health check up programme, etc. and
also empowering and involving parents to participate, they being the direct stake holders in the system.
Since it is expected that SMC members would work together with the authorities in improving the accountability in the functioning of the Municipal Schools, the response from the Head Masters and

Teachers was quite disappointing.


There was no proper planning by the
authorities at School and Ward level in
ensuring that this important clause of the
RTE Act is implemented well in word and
spirit. Irregularity in holding meetings,
meetings called at the last minute were the
norm in most Schools, which resulted in a
large percentage of the members not being
able to participate regularly and some of
them even dropping out. This clearly indicates the lack of accountability on part of the
authorities in implementing such an
important clause of the RTE Act.

SMC meeting in progress

Out of the 40 odd Municipal Schools, CACR managed to participate and activate regular SMC meetings in
about 10 Schools and some of the best meetings were held in Schools in the K/E and H/W Wards, where
our members Dr. Richa Singh and Mr. Mohindru Mirchandani kept a close track and build up a good
rapport with the concerned Head Masters and parents too, which helped in conducting regular monthly
meetings with a fair amount of involvement from all the participants.
Our other members Ms Mani Patel, Dr.Sharad Wagle and Mrs.Archana Wagle, Mr.Narinder Madan,
Mr.Haridas, Ms Debonita, Mrs. Anitha Chandrashekhar, etc. also managed to participate and attend in
some meetings in their respective Schools during the academic year.
List of the members Ward wise/School wise, who could participate in SMC meetings during the
academic year April 2014-March 2015:-

Name of member
Dr. Richa Singh
Dr. Richa Singh
Mr. Marshall/Ms. Caroline
Ms. Mani Patel
Dr.Sharad Wagle
Mrs. Archana Wagle
Mr. Narinder Madan
Mr. R L Haridas
Mr. M.S. Mirchandani
Ms. Debonita Biswas
Mrs. Anitha

Municipal School
Nityanand
Chakala Marathi
Marol Police Camp
Petit Gujarati
Petit Marathi
Petit Urdu.
Tank Lane Hindi
Khotwadi
Laxmi Nagar
Maravali Urdu
Maravali Hindi

Ward
K/E
K/E
K/E
H/W
H/W
H/W
H/W
H/W
H/W
M/E
M/E

To the best of our knowledge, CACR is the only NGO which has nominated empowered citizens to be
a part of the SMC meetings.
In fact, we also conducted SMC Orientation sessions for the parents in some Schools as well as a few
Resource Centres of the MCGM Education Department to help in proper implementation of this important clause of the RTE Act. We need more active citizen and community participation during the coming
years to strengthen the School Management Committee in Municipal Schools which will help in improving the functioning and quality as well as accountability.

Impact made due to Participation in the SMCs by CACR members:


1. There have been discussions on important issues like utilisation of School Development Fund, Monitoring the Mid Day Meal quality and kitchen visits of the self help group, initiating the Eklavya Library
Programme, monitoring the infrastructure, housekeeping and security, Virtual Classroom Programme,
monitoring the health check up cards, etc.
2. One of the highlights of participation in SMC meetings was the suspension of a Self Help Group in the
K/E Ward, which was providing criminally poor quality of mid day meals to 3 municipal schools
covering almost 15,000 children.
Worms and other foreign objects were found in the inadequate Khichadi supplied and the matter
was immediately elevated to the top hierarchy of the MCGM Education Department, resulting in its
immediate suspension for 45 days.
The HM of one of the Municipal Schools courageously refused to reinstate the Self Help Group and
another HM was pulled up for not keeping a proper check on quality of meals provided. Also for the first
time, the Beat Officers were asked to visit the Kitchen of this Self Help Group and provide an assessment
report after our NGO CACR sent an official report to the Deputy Mayor regarding this issue. An example
of how vigilant and empowered citizen volunteers can help in making a difference by being a part of the
School Management Committees as per RTE Act.
We need more such active citizen and community participation during the coming years to
strengthen the School Management Committees in Municipal Schools which will go a long distance
in improving the functioning and quality of education received by children as well as enhance the
accountability of the system.

CACR Events
1.

MUSTRun Dec 14, 2014

CACRs first members and support


have been from the Federation and
even now, we have the maximum
number of citizen volunteers and SMC
members in this Ward.
CACR participated in the MUSTRun
organised by the Federation that
brought together professional athletes and amateurs along with the
Municipal School students. The 4th
edition of MUSTRun marathon was
flagged off from St. Stanislaus High
School grounds in Bandra west hosted
a 21 km race as well as a special 1 km
race for the disabled. The theme of
MUSTRun 2014 was to support the
cause of disability and strive to make public spaces more accessible to the disabled. Access for All project
was launched to create a barrier-free H-West Ward to ensure ease of access for the differently abled as
well as to senior citizens, pregnant women and people with injury. The run also supported an Oral Health
Awareness Campaign along with H-west Federations partner The Dental Nexus to spread the
importance of good dental hygiene.

CACR involved almost 550 School children in the age group 11-16 years from neighbourhood MCGM
Schools who participated in the Dec 2014 2 km run.
Earlier in March 2014 we
had 250 School children
participate in the DNA Ican
marathon. It was heart
breaking to see them battle
the discomfort as they ran
without shoes. It was only
their enthusiasm and perseverance that helped them
complete the race. So this
year CACR worked towards
raising funds to get all the
550 MUSTRun Municipal student participants new pairs
of shoes and socks!
Mani Patel, CACR.
And as 550 School children in uniform ran the race,
all the by-standers cheered them on to the finish line!
After the race the students were given a food hamper
and refreshments donated by Neelam Foodland.
CACR also organized a photo booth session for all
the participants and volunteers present at the venue.
Each person posed with a quote that they felt suited
them the most. The quotes spoke about education,
child rights, equality and justice for all. All the participants posed happily with the posters.

2.

Solar Cooking Festival Surya Kumbh - Jan 15, 2015

Surya Kumbh 2015 was organised by the Bandra Hindu


Association with the objective of connecting School
children with nature, understand our environment
and experience the environment friendly solar energy
concept. 1600 children from Schools all over Mumbai
participated in the programme. Almost 70 children from
Petit Municipal School and Manekji Gazdar Municipal
School and 30 students from Taklane Municipal School
from the H (W) Ward participated through CACR. The
children were given a demonstration on the use of the
alternate energy with a first-hand experience of solar
cooking using a self-assembled Solar Cooker. The children also had the opportunity to interact with the Central Minister for Energy and Coal, Mr. Piyush Goyal,
the MLA Adv. Ashish Shelar and the Deputy Mayor of Mumbai, Mrs. Alka Kerkar, amongst other dignitaries who came forward to talk to them. The event was very inspiring and informative for the children.

CACR Director Vidya Vaidya said:


What was remarkable was the composure with which the Municipal School children conducted themselves. All children who attended were given food packets as breakfast. Each Municipal School child said
that they had had breakfast at home and would eat after the programme was over. In marked contrast to
the private school children who tore into their packets and started eating and littering almost before the
distribution was over. The Municipal School children listened carefully to the instructions and followed
them to their best abilities. When they left in an orderly manner their area was clean of all litter, the only
area that was so. We are really proud of our Municipal School children!

3.

International Disability Day Discussion

As a child rights NGO committed towards


ensuring implementing important RTE
clauses in Municipal Schools, which
includes inclusiveness in education, CACR
deputed 30 members and HR College
interns to the discussion organised by
ADAPT on World Disability Day On
December 4 2014 at the Prince of Wales
Museum. Dr. Mithu Alur the founder of
ADAPT addressed the audience and led
the discussion. It focussed on ensuring
equal rights for the disabled, including
access, employment opportunities, and
the role of media in promoting their
cause. The dignitaries who participated in the programme included Nagesh Kukunoor (film maker),
Ashish Shelar (BJP MLA), V. Ranganathan (Chairperson, The Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee),
Brinda Somaya (renowned architect and urban planner), Rekha Vijaikar Educationist and Dr. Ketna Mehta
(Founder, Nina Foundation and Associate Dean, Welingkar Institute of Management Development and
Research). A charter on awareness creation on Disability was signed by the participants at the event.

4.

Kalaghoda Art Festival Workshop on Feb 7, 2015

The Kala Ghoda festival welcomed children


from 15 Municipal Schools to participate in
the creative art workshops at the Prince of
Wales Museum garden. The workshop was
on 3 D modelling taken by renowned artists
Arzan Kambatta and Sunil Padwal. In fact
a team of 3 MCGM students from Adarsh
Nagar Hindi Medium won prizes during
the workshop. The children awarded tennis
rackets and board games as their prizes. They
were delighted.
Its the first time in my life that Im getting such an opportunity - Nandini Bind, School student shares.
CACR volunteers Krupesh, Rochelle and Fenny lead the kids and felt that MCGM School students should
participate in such creative events in increasingly larger numbers.

6.

Dance Recital and CACR Fund Raiser May 2, 2015

CACRs first fund raising event on May


2nd 2015 was held with performances
by teachers and students of the
renowned Nalanda Nrityakala
Mahavidyalaya. The event saw a good
response with the BJP MLA Adv. Ashish
Shelar as the Chief Guest and the
former Chairperson, MCGM Education
Committee Mr. Vinod Shelar, Mr.
Satinder Pal Singh, Consul General
of Georgia and Dr. Mrs. Kanak Rele,
Padma Bhushan and Founder Director
of the Nalanda Dance Research
Centre as the guests of honour. The
programme was sponsored by YES
BANK, Mr. M.P. Singh (Past President,
Rotary Club of Bandra) and Players, an
initiative of young entrepreneurs. The programme was well attended by almost 350 people and we were
able to raise some amount of donation for the cause of improving the education system in Municipal
Schools.

CACR PARTNERS
CACR has been fortunate to have collaborated with key institutions and experts many mentioned
in the report, in the implementation of the programs in Municipal Schools across Wards in Mumbai.
Partnerships have in fact proved to be very effective in reaching out to more children and enhancing the
quality of our programs. We will continue to network in the coming year and forge new partnerships with
organisations and domain experts.

FUTURE PLANS
CACR Future Programmes:
1. IIT B Computer Literacy Programme for children of Class V to VII and now probably Class VIII
too (as per RTE): CACR is in now discussions with the IIT B Resource Team to involve the National
Service Scheme (NSS) and Rotaract this year, in the implementation of this program. CACR will also
pursue issues with the MCGM Education Department with respect to getting better support in
implementing this project in more Schools, and will keep a track of its implementation.
2. BCPT Spoken English Programme for Vernacular Medium Children in Class I and II in Municipal
Schools: During the last year, CACR managed to get permission to implement this very useful and
important project as a pilot project in H/W Ward and it was implemented in almost 15 Municipal
Schools. In fact teachers were also trained to handle this programme independently. CACR is
supporting BCPT and has taken up the matter with the MCGM Education Department to improve the
reach of this program to many more Municipal Schools in other Wards as well. However we need a lot
of continued support from our members in implementing this programme.
3. School Health Programme: A new project which CACR plans to review and implement is the
extremely important School Health Programme for children. We need to ensure that the Health

Check-up programme is implemented well and also more than 120 Municipal Dispensaries and 5
Municipal and Government Hospitals provide better support with respect to treatment for minor
and major illnesses if any, especially for children enrolled in MCGM Schools. We are also planning to
organise counselling sessions on cleanliness, health and sanitation during the year in some Municipal
Schools as a pilot project.
4. Strengthening the E Learning Programme through Virtual Studio: CACRs partnership with
Children Films Society of India has opened up other avenues. For instance, CACR now plans to
introduce workshops on different aspects of film making in few Schools during the year with support
from the renowned Films and Television Institute of India.
5. Child Counselling Sessions: During this year, CACR is also looking to get Child Counsellors to
conduct Child Counselling Sessions across language mediums. Also explore the possibility of tie up
to conduct Aptitude Tests for children in Class X in Municipal Schools.
6. Skill based vocational training courses: CACR is in talks with R.V. Technical Institute Khar and the
SNDT University to help children passing out of Class X to get an opportunity to learn skill based
vocational training courses. CACR would look into sponsoring some children for this project during
the year.
7. Nalanda Nrityakala Mahavidyalaya: Our association with Nalanda will continue and we expect to
reach out to more Schools depending on volunteer support. CACR will work with Nalanda to plan
and train a few interested studentsand hopefully we will have a programme wherein MCGM School
children will perform along with Nalanda volunteers and students jointly in the near future. The
MCGM Education Department has assured CACR that they will provide the Dinanath Mangeshkar
Auditorium to conduct this programme.
8. Art Education: CACR has had a very positive interaction with the J J School of Fine Art faculty who
have agreed to sponsor some student volunteers to come down to a few Municipal Schools on a
weekly basis to teach Drawing and Painting to children in Classes I and II.
9. Educational Trips: CACR will be organising and sponsoring educational trips for MCGM School
children to the Nehru Planetarium, Museum, Science Centre etc during the year and we expect to
take at least 1000 children from Class V to VIII.
10. SMC: CACR is committed to increasing its and the stakeholder parents participation in monthly
School Management Committee meetings.
11. Sports Centres: CACR will continue to advocate for implementing Sports Centres in some of the
Municipal Schools with adequate playgrounds and other facilities. These centres can become
excellent coaching grounds for creating opportunities for Municipal School children to also become
great sports persons.
12. Mid-Day Meals: CACR will continue to advocate for better quality Mid-Day Meals through Centralised
Kitchens as mandated by the Honble High Court Bombay Order in the WP No. 4353 of 2012.
13. English Teaching Programme: Enactus HR will continue to implement Project Saarthi in Nityanand
Municipal School and we can explore the possibility of adding few more Schools as well as the
English is Fun by Gyanodaya.

CACR Impact 2013 - 14 and 2014 - 15: Total Number of Children Benefitted
Project Name

YR 2013 - 14

YR 2014 - 15

2 YEAR IMPACT

Computer Literacy

1240

1370

2610

Spoken English

750

1258

2008

Health Week

NA

1100

1100

Nalanda Dance Initiative

NA

360

360

Kalaghoda Festival

NA

15

15

MustRun Marathon

400

550

950

DNAican womens Run

75

NA

75

1375

30

1405

Toy Library

NA

1 library

Pre-primary
students

CFSI movie screening

NA

557 Schools

27850

Infrastructure Budgets

Rs.6.5 Crores

NA

Solar Cooking Festival

NA

H west Ward Schools

100

Mujeeb Khan plays

NA

5 School buildings

4000

Inclusive education

2 yeaR IMPACT
2 yeaR IMPACT
cacr Projects 2013 - 2015
4000

MUJEB KHAN PLAYS

70

Solar cooking festival


CFSI MOVIE SCREENING

27850

INCLUSIVE EDUCATION

1405

DNA ICAN

75

MUSTRUN

950

KALAGHODA FESTIVAL

15

NALANDA DANCE INITIATIVE

360

HEALTH WEEK

1100

SPOKEN ENGLISH

2008

COMPUTER LITERACY

2610

2 yeaR IMPACT
Computer
Literacy

Spoken
English

Health
Week

2610

2008

1100

Nalanda
Kalaghoda
Dance
MustRun
Festival
Initiative
360

15

950

DNA ican

Inclusive
education

75

1405

CFSI
Solar
movie
Cooking
screening Festival
27850

Total number of students benefited in different programmes

70

Mujeb
Khan
plays
4000

To implement these projects and programmes in Municipal Schools, we need a vigilant citizens group
who will meet the MCGM Education Departments to share their observations and suggestions and follow
up with the concerned officials and authorities in improving the functioning and quality of education.
CACR believes that it is every childs right to learn in a safe, clean and encouraging environment. We also
consider this our responsibility as citizens of India to make sure that our children are getting equal
opportunities in life.
CACR invites you to join the movement in ensuring that every child has access to free and quality
education and in implementing the Right to Education a fundamental right in our country and in advocating for better standards in education implementation and monitoring in MCGM Schools.
These rights, when fulfilled can effectively build a strong and prosperous nation with happy, healthy and
able citizens. Of course there is a lot to do and more to learn but we have began.

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