Most of the parents in these slums understand the importance of education and want to educate their child, they know that education is the only way to get rid of poverty, however lack of quality schools and expensive cost of education in private schools has unwillingly pushed some of the parents to enrol their children into local municipal schools. Non- enrollment and drop-outs too were a major issue in this area, gender bias was seen among the boys and girls enrolled; several girl students were made to do household chores. Child labourer’s higher ratio was more prominently evident here, as several children were engaged in doing menial jobs to lend a helping hand to their struggling parents. All this was also coupled with several health and hygiene related issues, posing severe threat to the society.
We firmly believe that education is the most powerful catalyst for social transformation. It empowers an individual to earn his/her livelihood and increases our awareness to appropriate social behaviour as well as to understand our rights which in process helps us to evolve as better citizens. There is no right place to start this social transformation than from the corridors of education. Ujjwal Foundation aims at imparting quality education via innovative teaching with learning materials, various sports and outdoor activities, personality development programmes, health checkups, regular sessions on health & hygiene, social awareness programs for parents and many other interesting activities so that the children be happy, successful, compassionate, disciplined and socially responsible citizens of our country; who will further be agents of change in their society.
At the behest of the local authority Hon. Shri. Suresh Kulkarni – NMMC Standing Committee Chairman; our foundation took the initiative to start a free pre-school for the children between the age group of three to five, that is Nursery, Junior K.G. and Senior K.G. With due help from kind donors the school helps the children to acquire the basic education via the pre-school subjects of English, Maths and Environmental Studies. Storytelling, Poetry Recitation, Colouring, Drawing and Craft is taken up for students. Values of mutual respect , sharing, cleanliness, punctuality, etc. are deep instilled right from the early age for these kids.
Several batches of students were given admission over the past five years to St.Mary’s Tejaswini High School, Vashi which provides free schooling for the under privileged students. This was done as per the prescribed age group for Std.-1 given by the education department. It was a boon for the students and parents as they were provided awareness about the free schooling given by St. Mary’s. The admission procedure was a herculean task for all the members as the admission forms were issued to the parents, who were illiterate and all the necessary details had to be filled correctly along with the valid documents. The requisite details were collected, checked and handed over for the systematic admission process and thereafter the students were enrolled to main stream education provided by St. Mary’s from Std. 1 to Std. 10.
To enhance the goal of bringing up the children as nation builders of our society, our foundation started providing main stream education to the students enrolled in our school. With equal encouragement and motivation by the local authority Hon. Shri. Suresh Kulkarni and all the parents who stood by us through thick and through our foundation moves ahead towards achieving the goals of providing good education to the least privileged students of this society.
Our foundation strives to develop the overall personality of each & every student by indulging them in several activities conducted in the school. Opportunities are provided as per the age group of the student’s right from the Nursery level to bring out the best in them. Contests like Colouring, Collage-Work, Paper-tearing, Paper-crushing, Fruits and vegetable imprints, Recitation, Singing, Enacting, etc. are conducted. Sports day is also conducted with equal gusto, regular drills are held weekly to improve the mental and physical fitness of these students. Major festivals and events are celebrated with religious fervour and pride to promote tolerance and love for all races and creed. As part of our effort to inculcate in students the appreciation and respect for our country’s rich heritage & diversity and to reinforce the national pride and respect, we at Rose Bud celebrate a number of festivals including Diwali, Christmas, Eid, Janmashtami, Father’s Day, Mother’s Day, Raksha Bandhan, Sapling plantation,Yoga day, Children’s Day etc. Every event and festival here at Rose bud is an opportunity for student’s to showcase their talents & capabilities and towards learning new skills.
It is our constant endeavour to bring about positive and long-lasting changes in our society and hence we look up to the parents of these tiny tots to instill core values in their children by becoming role models themselves. For these parents we conduct seminars, meetings, skill and personality development courses and we regularly brief them about the progress of their wards and give advice on desired behaviour at home and neighbourhood. Constant support is assured by the foundation in case of any problems for these families whose kids are enrolled at our school.
All students undergo regular evaluation via Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation system by the Education department. Students are graded as per their attendance, participation in day to day activities, understanding ability, skill displayed, etc. Result sheets are prepared and distributed among the parents. Feedback is also taken from the parents on the child behavioural changes at home periodically.
Our foundation had to strive hard to seek permission from the civic and government authorities to enhance our dream. However, with help extended by Hon. Shri. Suresh Kulkarni, the NMMC Cultural Centre has been allotted to our foundation so as to fulfil our endeavour. This centre currently has one open stage, eight child friendly classrooms and a playground for the students. The members of Ujjwal Foundation wish to express our sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all our well-wishers who have helped us to fulfill our dream of bringing about a small difference in our society. We are thankful for your support which has brought a ray of hope to the line of poor and underprivileged children, who can now dream of a future. The misery writ on their faces is being wiped away to get smiles on this faces. Their little lives are filled with fun & learning. We look forward for further support from you to pave their path firmly on the road towards success and glory. Let’s strive ceaselessly to equip the less – privileged of our society so that they can face the world boldly. Let no one be deprived of education as each one has the; ‘RIGHT TO EDUCATION’.