Childhood and Education
Education is a priority of the Indian government. The law requires that children can go to a school within 3 kilometers of their home.
With SEVAI, OFI finances:
the running costs of a school for the children of a slum and two teachers,
Montessori training for interactive pedagogy at Shanti school as well as extracurricular activities (sport and library).
With Vonisha, OFI finances:
Montessori teacher training,
tuition fees and monitoring of children from displaced families for their reintegration into the English-speaking school environment.
With ABC, OFI finances:
the construction of new classrooms in rural areas,
With HUT, OFI finances:
higher education scholarships for children orphaned by AIDS.
Asha Bhavan Center (ABC), West Bengal. Education During the Pandemic
The project intends to promote and continue with School Education for the rural children through the schools of Asha Bhavan Centre. This project specifically addresses the needs of the school during the Covid Pandemic Period. Enforced lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus together with multiple natural calamities brought untold misery and hardships for the common people (2 cyclones and floods) in West Bengal, especially the school education. Owing to the suspension of physical attendance of students, teachers were involved in continuing the studies through several means which include providing study materials through guardians, online classes, traveling to students’ houses – many of those remain unreachable by normal means of transport, etc. Given the above situation, we are proud to say that there were many activities despite the challenges. These include
Parent teacher meetings
School Events & Celebrations
Sports and athletics training program
Dream India Network (DIN):
A House to Grow
The goal of the “A House to Grow” project is to support homes for street children aged 5 to 12 in extremely vulnerable situations . Each foster home can accommodate up to eight children and often children from two homes live together. This reduced number makes it possible to create a family environment which provides each young person with the attention necessary for personalized support. In addition, the small number of children makes it easier to set up a variety of activities.
The program also gives children access to quality education and medical monitoring. Children thus develop capacities which will enable them to emerge sustainably from poverty.
OFI has been working with DIN on this project since it was set up in 2013. 55 houses have since emerged and welcome a total of 550 children. OFI supports seven.
For a quality education
at Shanti School
With the help of our partner SEVAI and civic service volunteers, we have set up a series of activities at the Shanti School that are part of an integrated approach to quality education.
As part of the “Learning for Life” project, a library was renovated for kindergartens and primary school children. Adapted sports equipment has been purchased to set up fun activities led by a young person in civic service. A second volunteer launched an interactive method called “Hello English” to strengthen the English level of students and teachers.
Finally, the double project “Better learning at the Shanti School” introduces a more dynamic teaching method with the Montessori method.
Some past achievements
Building Blocks / DNF: Gardenia School
The Gardenia School is located in a disadvantaged area of Bangalore to accommodate young children from the slums aged 3 to 5 years. The school offers a modern and interactive educational program, and has many facilities to educate children and provide them with a stimulating environment.
Gardenia School is supported by OFI with great help from 'Sunshine for a School' and 'Alphabet Club'. The school has welcomed nearly 70 children since 2017.
SEVAI: Disabled Children School
Since 2013, OFI has enabled the opening of 2 classrooms for disabled children in the Shanti school managed by SEVAI. 30 children, often with multiple disabilities, from 4 to 15 years old are welcomed there.
We were able to obtain funding from a Swiss foundation to build classrooms and adapted toilets. A vegetable garden and a medicinal herb garden are maintained by the children.
OFI pays the salaries of a teacher and an aide. OFI volunteers and medical students, come every year to ensure their well-being, and maintaining the equipment, chairs and tables.
HUT: Meikandaar School
Meikandaar School is a school built in Trichy by HUT which accommodates nearly 750 students. The school promotes kindergarten in good conditions, learning through play and fun activities and allows children to learn English from an early age.
OFI has been working with HUT for several years to develop the school and has enabled the construction of a Learning Center, 14 classrooms as well as the renovation of many others! OFI contributes to quality education by financing the salaries of several teachers and offering them appropriate training.
HUT : House of Hope
House of Hope is a reception structure based near Trichy which allows children affected by AIDS to access education, adapted health and medical care and psychological follow-up. The project makes it possible to ensure a future for these children and to integrate them durably into Indian society.
OFI built several buildings for 100 children and paid for the teachers and supervisors. Each year, OFI volunteers ensure a presence with the children. They participate in education, introduce children to hygiene, create a vegetable garden, etc.