EDUCATION AS A PRIORITY
“The families who send their children to us are mostly recently resettled. Though some did not even have homes when they first came here, getting their children an education was a priority,” says Mrs. V. Sutharsan, the school’s principal. These families have typically been on the move for years, eventually finding their way to camps for the internally displaced – for their children, this meant near constant disruptions in their education.
Responding to the need, UNICEF and UNDP worked in synergy to support the school. UNICEF renovated the buildings, which were lacking even doors and windows at the time, and introduced a Smart Classroom system.
CHILD CENTERED CLASSROOM
“The parents depend on the school fully,” says the principal explaining that these are families that typically cannot afford to send their kids for tuition classes. Because children attending are at different levels, the child centered classroom concept allows teachers to identify slow learners and provide them the additional attention they need. “This has been good for our teachers also,” says Mrs. Sutharsan, explaining that teachers are more confident about dealing with students who are struggling. The school makes a particular effort to keep an eye on vulnerable children.
The classroom equipment, toys and furniture as well as educational and training materials provided have created beautiful, engaging spaces for the children to work in. As part of the intervention, a participatory planning process was implemented to create a school development plan which engaged parents and alumni.