A new learning center in Mankhurd
Khoj Community Learning Center (Khoj) is Apni Shala’s initiative to create a space for high-quality education for children in Govandi/Mankhurd area.
Khoj aims to become a model space for professional development and research set in Indian context for integrated curriculum and pedagogy for institution-wide SEL integration. In its second year of operation, Khoj in being designed on following core principles: Concept-based Curriculum, Multicultural Education and Community Development.
BE A lab learning center for community development in india
Khoj Community Learning Center (Khoj) aims to offer a high-quality, contextually relevant education and become a lab learning center for research and development of concept-based and multicultural education that focuses on community development in India. It is proposed to be a Kindergarten to Grade 10 (K-10) institution catering to over 300 students in its full capacity (25 students per class, K-10).
address education needs OF THE diverse M-east ward
“Recording a slum population of 77.55% and Human Development Index of 0.05, M (East) ward ranked lowest in Mumbai Human Development Report 2009. This apart, the 256+ slum settlements and 13 large resettlement colonies in this ward are reflective of the creation of a ghetto in a global city,” reports Social Economic Conditions and Vulnerabilities, A report of baseline survey of M (East) ward, Mumbai. “Poverty, availability, and accessibility are three big reasons why children drop out of school,” says Soha Moitra of Child Rights
and You (CRY).
Lallubhai Compound houses rehabilitated families from across Mumbai. During our field work and conversations with families, we have found that access to good quality, English-medium, affordable education is a strong need. This is a neighbourhood where only 19% of fathers and 27% of mothers have studied till grade 10 and above. Most guardians are working and are employed in various forms of physical or clerical work. All parents have shown high personal engagement with Khoj since its inception. The first cohort of Khoj students therefore bring with them a rich linguistic diversity with Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Bhojpuri and English being spoken at home.
Looking at socio-cultural diversity and interest in education from the families, Lallubhai Compound offers an exciting opportunity for a center like Khoj to be set up and be nourished by the active engagement of the members of this learning community. While the learning center will help address the accessibility challenge for quality education in the area, it will also provide an opportunity for a more wholesome and individualised education that children coming from such linguistically, socially and culturally diverse backgrounds need.
engage through context driven learning methods
The curriculum will operate within the broader framework of National Curriculum Framework. The schools will provide programmatic opportunities include counselling and support for mental health, life skills education, service learning program, an adequate arts and science programme and extensive community development initiatives. Teachers at Khoj will undergo a year round training for multicultural education.
collaborate with community
Khoj will be a community-driven initiative, where participation and decisions made by the community will drive the key content, processes and structure of the center. Khoj Community Learning Center has collaborated with The Akanksha Foundation and Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) program housed in Wellesley College, USA..
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Parents of students pay a nominal fee of Rs. 250 / month. However, some parents are not able to pay even a part of the nominal fee. The center hopes to create supportive structure or alternatives to the contributions.
Direct Cost Per Child in AY 2019-20 is Rs. 63,903 (approx. 900 USD).
Why did we start this learning center?
Who's attending the learning center?
In it's 4th year of operations, our school is attended by 78 children aged 4-7 years who live in and around Mankhurd's Lallubhai Compund attend Junior KG and Senior KG
No. of Teachers
What are our students learning?
Social Emotional Learning
English Language Development
4 Focus Areas / Theme to choose from
SEL for Self
Each educator needs to have learning and growth opportunities. They look within oneself and discovering areas of psycho-social competencies in one self.
SEL in Classrooms
Educators will learn to integrate simple games and circle time activities into their classrooms. Age-appropriateness and time availability will be taken into consideration.
Educator as a Facilitator
This programme creates a shift of mindset from educator to facilitator, arising from an active reflection into one’s own practices as teachers.
Provide holistic SEL opportunities to all children in the school based on the CASEL framework.
Work at Khoj