It may not seem like much, but it is at least a small start toward addressing the increasingly skewed sex ratio (which in Maharashtra is 883 girls under six for every 1,000 males, significantly below the 914:1000 national average) and attempting to draw attention to the systemic undervaluing of Indian girls. Read more…
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.
Please help us welcome them to the AIC family!
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!
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|
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!