At Akanksha, we distributed 9,000 ART kits to 9,000 of our students during school closures- with the aim to help children express themselves through colour.
AND what a treasure trove this ART became!
From little corners of their homes, our children expressed their deepest emotions using ART. It kept them focused, resilient, and strong.
You can help our children stay in school and continue college.
MAKE THIS ART YOURS, AS A REMINDER OF THE GOOD
THAT CAN COME FROM BRIDGING THE GAP
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Schools for more than 168M children globally have been completely shut down due to Covid-19 lockdowns as per a 2021 analysis by UNESCO. This means that 1 in 7 children have missed more than three-quarters of their in-person learning in a class environment. School closures have devastating repercussions for a child’s well-being - a majority of children depend on their schools as a place to interact with peers and seek socio-emotional support. In circumstances like these, “remote learning has been a lifeline for many children around the world during school closures. But for the most vulnerable, even this was out of reach,”says UNICEF Global Chief of Education. Children from low income communities and those who are unable to access remote learning are at an increased risk of dropping out of the school system, and even being pushed into child marriage or forced labour.
At Akanksha we are investing in digital tablets for students to learn remotely through daily virtual classes. The long term vision for our schools is to enable blended, or hybrid learning where students can both learn online and attend physical in-person classes.
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The longer school closures continue, the higher the risk of children and youth losing out on their future and the prospect of higher education. UNESCO data suggests that 24 M children and youth are at risk of dropping out and may not return to the education ecosystem due to the pandemic. This UNESCO assessment covering 180 countries also suggests that “globally, more girls are likely to be affected at pre-primary and upper secondary levels, while both boys and girls are at a greater risk of not returning to universities.”
Akanksha's Alumni Support & Engagement (ASE) program is unique as we track, support and mentor our students right from school days up until the time they graduate from college. We understand that practical challenges and life complexities begin after the students step out of school to face the real world. Through this program, we aim to pave a way forward for our children where they feel empowered to choose higher education as the natural next step in their life journey. Currently, the program covers 3800 alumni students with 24 students studying in reputed institutions globally and across the country such as Ashoka University and United World College.
It is our goal to help our students stay on the road to learning, a difficult choice for many who are expected to support their families financially after school.
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Lost learning, especially due to Covid-19 induced school closures, is now counted in months, instead of days. A 2021 UNESCO report on pandemic related disruptions finds that over 100 M children will fall below minimum proficiency level in reading due to extended school closures. What’s worse, is that school shut-downs also threaten to erase decades of progress made in gender equality, making girls, especially those belonging to vulnerable communities highly exposed to child marriage, sexual exploitation and even adoloscent pregnancy. V.P. Niranjanaradhya, fellow and programme head, universalisation of education, National Law School of India University, Bengaluru, says, “The longer the gap in learning, the more disinterested (parents from low-income families) they get and eventually exit the education system. It’s dangerous.”
Akanksha provides free school education from kindergarten to grade 10 for over 10,000 children from low-income communities through The School Project, a unique public-private partnership in collaboration with the municipal corporations of Mumbai & Pune. The parents of Akanksha students are typically daily wagers, domestic workers, vegetable vendors, and class IV sanitation workers for whom the family income ranges from Rs 7000 -Rs 15,000, which supports 5 or more members. A school education for a child from an underserved family is much more than foundational numeracy and language skills. At Akanksha, it means access to a wide range of socio-emotional well-being networks such as peers & school teachers, a school management committee, and a dedicated school counsellor & social worker who work closely with a family to address grievances & concerns.
Our school model works within and beyond classrooms to maximize the potential of our children. Today, the Akanksha network extends to 27 schools across the 3 cities of Pune, Mumbai and most recently, Nagpur. It is our vision to expand our network of schools, share our effective practices and advocate for quality school reform for children across India.
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