The truth is that the particular slum community that we have been targeting in this project, does have a couple of community schoolrooms that are sponsored and run by NGOs. But these are used by only a few children in the especially privileged anterior part of the community. The peripheral, poorer parts of the community have access to little; they have neither adequate housing, nor avenues for local schooling, nor easily accessible sources of clean drinking water. Further, these few schools are operated sporadically; the teachers are young women from the community who have had little exposure themselves so they only provide very basic education.
Discussions with the community over the last few months revealed that a small learning centre that would provide educational support, and also exposure to newer skills (such as computer literacy), is a service that would be very helpful and much in demand.
Top Left: The computers just arrived, furniture just set up.
Top Right: Toward mid-March we started asking interested parents from the community to come speak with us about enrolling their children in this program.
Middle Left: Children signing up using our forms. It also gave us a chance to quickly check the English reading and writing abilities of the older children.
Middle Right: Students spend the first half of every class working on arithmetic and English exercises; we also help them with their school homework.
Bottom Left: Children have started spending the second half of every session on the computer, getting familiar with the setup, & learning to navigate browsers and programs.