Learning Support Centers

Even though India has a clearly articulated commitment to ensuring universal primary education for its children, this goal continues to remain elusive. The woeful inadequacy of resources is only one of many important factors. It is equally important to understand the phenomenon of wide and persistent differences in the spread of education across both regions and social groups within the country. We consider education as every child’s birthright. We firmly believe that only through education can the needy children free themselves from the vicious cycle of ignorance, disease and poverty.

We recognize education as the main tool that empowers individuals to make informed choices, resist oppression and claim their rights, besides opening new possibilities and opportunities for themselves. Everything that we do is focused on turning our beliefs into a tangible reality. We have a very comprehensive education program that focuses on the developmental age of children and on the socio-economic milieu under which they exist. The philosophy of our organization is based on the belief that each child deserves an equal opportunity for total development. The triad of the project includes- parents, children and the community. ANK Learning Centers are intended for out-of-school children at the elementary level and provide education through flexible school timings and innovative teaching methods in an informal environment. The aim is to develop skills and inculcate the manners and teaching about health to the deprived, less privileged society especially women and children, who are frequently denied of their identity in the community. By making the child educated, we not only aim to bring positive changes in the lives of his/her immediate family, but also the larger society. The flow of education is promoted from child to child and child to adult.

Our Learning Centers (LCs) seek to ensure quality education, higher retention in the primary school, and reduction in school drop out rates. The prime objective is to attain universal elementary education in the project area. The program is envisaged to provide the children with basic education.

Our Learning Centers offer education to children within the age groups of 6-14 years. Though it does not impart formal learning, its focus is on the age appropriate overall development of the child’s attitudes, values and behavioral patterns. The program aims at inculcating and stimulating every child’s endeavor towards taking care of his/her environment. Due to variety of social, cultural, economic and linguistic differences, there is a fair amount of flexibility in the teaching methodologies. The children are constantly encouraged and stimulated to grow at their own pace depending on their living environment.

PROGRAMMES UNDERTAKEN IN LEARNING CENTRES

  • Monthly meeting with parents of our students ensures regular interaction. Through such meetings we also educate the parents on various issues pertaining to health and nutrition requirements.
  • Ensuring support of the community through various initiatives for its overall development.
  • Consultation with the teacher for assistance in organizing activities and for participation in the programs conducted by us.
  • Quarterly training programs for the teacher to deliver and receive feedback regarding self development and development of the students. In addition, we organize various workshops, training programs, seminars, and events for the overall development of the children (For example, learn to paint sessions with local artists).

ANK Learning support centers are aimed to provide informal education to the out-of- school underprivileged children and mainstream them into the formal education system of Government schools. Since ANK began offering informal education in 2005, more than 1500 underprivileged out-of-school children have benefited through ANK learning centers and have successfully been enrolled into Government schools.