PROGRAMMES

STEAM Centre


To improve the levels of understanding in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths, and to encourage the study of Arts and Humanities, GSK has set up a Centre for children to experiment, explore, engage with learning in Bodal. The Centre will work with 17 schools around Bodal. The Centre will also function as a resource for Government teachers.

Adopt a School


In 2012, Gramin Shiksha Kendra ‘adopted’ two schools – one in the town of Sawai Madhopur and another in Bodal village for a period of five years. The objective was to work closely in the government set-up and transform the two schools in line with the principles of child-centric education. The programme proved to be a good learning for Gramin Shiksha Kendra, by working with government teachers in both the schools and the disintegrated urban community at Sawai Madhopur. After being adopted by GSK, the school at Bodal was earmarked for many awards by the Department of Education. The Urban school has also been identified by District Institute of Education & Training (DIET) as a resource training school.

Computer Education


In collaboration with Computer Shiksha, GSK has set up an automated computer training centre to promote computer literacy. Computer Shiksha has donated computers to GSK for the purpose. This programme consists of 2 modules - Basic and Advanced, for 32 weeks & 30 weeks respectively. 2 classes a week are held for each student and covers- learning parts of a computer, using MS Paint to draw, naming and organizing files, word processing & formatting, using spreadsheets and presentation skills, internet applications for browsing & searching and E-mails .

English


To overcome the limitations of teaching English GSK has initiated an English Mentorship programme, through which non English speaking teachers, who are familiar with the language are learning English and are also learning how to teach English to primary sections. The curriculum has been specially designed to make it contextual to the local area and the pedagogy has been designed to accommodate the teachers' limited knowledge of English. Academic support is being received from NCERT for the programme. The process being followed is training of teachers for the plan for the month followed by classroom observation by the resource people for corrections. One output of the programme will be a package of teaching English at the pre primary and primary level.

UMANG


Each child has potential to do what she wants to do. Sadly in many cases this potential gets scattered and thrown to the winds for many reasons. These could be social pressures, academic factors, logistics, family concerns or maybe plain absence of motivation and direction. Umang tries to gather this scattered potential and consolidate it into a strong dynamic strength which can provide the energy to move on with hope, passion and the confidence of being.

Forum Theatre


In an effort to devise people's solution for their problem, GSK will be introducing Forum Theatre wherein the audience becomes the actors and figure out solutions to their local problems. This will help us in complementing our current initiatives with communities and SMCs and strengthen their participation in understanding their role in promoting education.. We are receiving support for this from Jana Sanskriti Kendra at Kolkata

Nutrition and Education


We are currently working to assess the nutrition level among children and the adolescent girls. We are also studying the eating practices of children in the rural communities of Sawai Madhopur and its impact on health. Results will help us design suitable interventions to cope with challenges in health and nutrition.

Developing a Locally Relevant Curriculum for teaching  History and Culture


Local history and culture of the area is being documented and converted into modules for teaching at the primary and upper primary level in the Uday schools. This is to enrich the existing EVS curriculum of the Rajasthan Board and to develop a sense of pride in their own culture and history as well as to develop research/study skills in children

Rehabilitation Support


GSK has been supporting the rehabilitation of communities relocated from  Mor Dungri and Padra villages which were in the core area of the Ranthambhor National Park. GSK has set up a school in Girirajpura and is supporting the community to ensure land allocation and improvement of facilities related to health sanitation and governance.