Apna Skool tries to help break the cycle of bondage in the children of migrant laborers. Apna Schools tries to make the process of teaching and learning interesting and fun. Teachers start with simple words that the children are familiar with, and then introduce alphabets. Besides blackboards, teachers use charts and colorful picture cards, that are made by teachers and students. Films, trips to zoos, museums, are part of the curriculum. Older children who are sufficiently scholastically advanced go to other schools
- Jagriti has been able to help the laborers understand how important it is for their children to have continuity in their education; the laborers promise to return to the same brick kiln or construction site every year so that their children may continue education at the same Apna Skool every year.
- The End-of-year examinations that is administered by NIOS (National Institute for open schooling) is being arranged thus ensuring that these children get the accreditation as well as education. Every year since 2006, 50 students per year, have appeared for the NIOS and successfully passed.
- The children absorb the content of a normal school year curriculum in the truncated (on account of migration) average six to eight month period. They learn Reading, Writing and Arithmetics (traditional 3 R’s) just as in regular schools and at the same time participate in many extra curricular activities, such as Songs and Dances, Artwork, Dramatics, Story telling and Poetry recitation, Sports and Games.
- Annual Budget $8000
- School goes where children are
- Immunization and regular health check ups
- 25 skools with 600 children (45% are girls)
- Migrant laborers now choose brick kilns where there is Apna Skool