Morning School

In the morning school children from the local aged 4-6 years are prepared for entry into government run schools in that locality. In each centre children learn the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic in order to prepare them for entry to formal schooling. The majority of our children are first generation learners and they are instilled with the habit of learning from an early age. Once they reach six years of age each child is mainstreamed to a local school.

Follow Up

Once a child has been mainstreamed into a government run school their progress is closely monitored throughout their school life. The students receive additional tuition in the evenings in each centre from teachers who specialise in specific subjects to assist them in the best way possible. The teachers in each centre have developed good relationships with many government run schools which allow them to effectively monitor each student’s progress and results in school.

Student Support

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Since our foundation we have been delighted to fund students in the final years of their secondary education who for financial reasons would otherwise have been unable to complete their education. We have now entered our fourth year of funding students through the latter stages of their secondary education and have been happy to hear of their progress in school and excellent performances in examinations. Our assistance is vital to these pupils as for many it would not be possible for their families to afford the costs involved at this stage of their schooling.

Vocational Training

The vocational training programme is where girls who have dropped out of school or have married at a young age are trained in tailoring and design. The course lasting two years will provide the trainees with the necessary skills to make clothing which they can sell locally and to take orders. On finishing the course girls are given a sewing machine by Friends of Calcutta which will enable them to generate an income for themselves and their families.

Medical

Due to the nature of the areas where our schools are situated we run a medical programme where a nurse visits each centre once a week and to assess the medical needs of children in attendance. Any cases needing additional attention are referred to local hospitals for specialist treatment and medicines. Awareness camps are run by the nurse a number of times each year to promote awareness of medical health and hygiene issues amongst parents of children in each centre.

Nutrition

In each centre children attending the morning school are given a nutritious meal once that days lessons have been complete. Each week children are given a variety of different foods which they would normally not have in their diets which helps them in their growth and development. The meal also acts as an incentive for them to attend school regularly and keep up the habit of being regular in school.