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The KEF currently partners with 30 regional language schools, most of them in Mumbai’s M-ward, catering to children from underprivileged families.
These schools are government-aided private institutions, set up by social entrepreneurs. However, they lack quality teaching, infrastructure and leadership.
Through its various programmes, the KEF complements their efforts.
Even though they are introduced to English at the primary level, students in these schools find it difficult to learn it because of inadequate teaching and lack of exposure.
Poor health is one of the main reasons behind children underperforming or dropping out of school. And very often, these health issues aren’t caught at an early stage.
The KEF works with students from its partner schools to address some of these problems. Our health initiatives include:
Vision check-up camps: All the students of our partner schools get regular eye check-ups. Those with poor vision receive spectacles, medication or surgery, if needed.
Kishori Sehat Abhiyan: An initiative that assesses adolescent girls to arrest anaemia, by offering nutritional support, awareness on nutrition and hygiene, sensitisation sessions for parents and teachers, and talks by medical experts.
Parvarish programme: An effort to address malnutrition issues among younger children studying at the pre-primary and primary level.
Deworming programme: Here, we deworm students from standards 5 to 10 by educating them through hygiene sessions, and distributing free deworming tablets.
SPARSH (Sensitisation Programme for Adolescents on Reproductive Sexual Health): Through this programme, we educate adolescents about sexual health, and equip them to handle the physical and psychological changes they undergo during their teens. We also create awareness of issues such as HIV/AIDS and substance abuse.
Mazhi Swatcha Shala: An effort that sensitises students and staff to maintain a clean school environment, by inculcating habits of personal hygiene and cleanliness in class, in toilets and on the premises at large.
Often, underprivileged students fall behind and lose out in life because they do not receive the right guidance on time. Through the KEF, we conduct two programmes to address this problem.
Kotak Udaan is a scholarship programme for students who’re facing extreme hardships in life, and whose academic performance is suffering as a result. Through this programme, we give them the support they need to improve their performance and continue their education.
Here are some highlights:
The KEF offers support to bright young people whose families fall below the poverty line.
With this integrated programme, the KEF creates opportunities for teachers in its partner schools to improve their teaching skills.
Usually, the seniormost teacher in a school is promoted to the position of headmaster. And while he/she may be a good teacher, the skills needed to be a good leader and manager are often missing. Currently, there are no schools in India that train teachers for this role.
Often, parents who are below the poverty line (BPL) are unaware of the importance of education. Through this programme, we create awareness among them, so they can motivate their children to study further.