New Faces!

We have new faces at AIC!  Just two weeks ago we welcomed Bunty and Manali to the team, and we are thrilled to have them on board.

Bunty comes to us with years of experience teaching, and will be our Education Outreach Program Director following Claudia’s (very, very sad!) departure in January.  She brings a desire to inculcate the love of learning in our children and a commitment to effectively manage of those who directly influence our children, our teachers.

Manali is a recent graduate of Rhodes College in Tennessee, and as a dualcitizen of India and the US she brings the perfect background for her new role: the Onsite Program Administrator.  She will be liaising with our directors onsite and our CEO in the US to take care of volunteers, our accounting needs, and our Child Sponsorship program.  Manali brings an award-winning work ethic and a much-needed attention to important details.

Please help us welcome them to the AIC family!

Arjun’s update

Here he is post-surgery, rocking some very stylish protective glasses while his eye heals!  We are happy to report that he is doing quite well after a two-week hiatus from school and tutoring (straining his eye during the recovery period could have led to irreversible damage), during which he continued to receive nutritional supplementation like milk and eggs from the Education Outreach Centre. (Many of AIC’s students, like Arjun, face daily food insecurity at home, and truly suffer when the Education Centre is closed or they are unable to attend.)

Arjun’s family is extremely grateful that the surgery was successful and is finally over.  As for Arjun, well…Arjun blows bashful kisses and looks like a rockstar in his glasses.  And that’s thanks enough for us. 🙂

Happy almost-weekend from AIC!

Fall 2012: Education Outreach Program Updates

After summer holidays in April and May, School began again in June, and the Education Outreach Centre is as busy as ever these days, particularly as the 34 new students enrolled in the program during admissions week in April continue to adjust to their new schedule and routine.  In June, 10th standard Board exam results were announced and everyone was thrilled to learn that our little class of 10th standard Education Outreach students beat the odds with a pass rate of 100%!  This was particularly exciting for us because last year was the first year that we decided to forgo sponsoring external tutoring classes for this group, and created our own in-house 10th standard tutoring program instead.  These students have since moved on to college (11th standard) with AIC’s support.

School supplies, waiting for distribution
Aman, being measured for his uniform
For our pre-school, primary school and secondary school students, Education Program Director Claudia recently put new measures into place to improve student attendance and parent participation, and as a result, this month’s “perfect attendance list” is the longest it has ever been!   Our AIC teaching staff continues to fine-tune their teaching techniques with instruction and guidance from Claudia and we are grateful for the help and support of a number of local volunteers and supporters in the classrooms as well.
Parent-teacher meeting

In October, six members of the teaching staff attended the much-anticipated inspirED 2012 conference in Pune, a coming-together of visionaries, professionals, government actors and educators committed to the transformation of education in India. The conference was hosted by Teach for India and even included a featured session by Wendy Kopp, founder of Teach for America.  It was truly an inspirational event for the AIC teachers, who returned from the workshop invigorated and ready to bring about change in the field of education.  We can’t wait to see how they put to use what they learned in their own classrooms at AIC!