Pali Chimbai Municipal School
The Pali Chimbai Municipal School in Bandra (West) was the first school to be adopted by Aseema in the year 2001. Currently, more than 870 children from neighbouring communities such as Nargis Dutt, Qureshi Nagar, Gazdhar Bandh and Khar Danda attend this school which has classes from Pre-Primary to Standard VIII.
Santacruz (W) Municipal Schools
Aseema adopted the Santacruz (W) Municipal School in 2007; the secondary section is housed here. A total of 120 plus children study at this school and live in communities such as Nargis Dutt Nagar, Qureshi Nagar, Gazdhar Bandh and Khar Danda.
Kherwadi Municipal School
In June 2010, Aseema took on the responsibility of the English medium section of this school and now operates classes from Pre-Primary to Standard X. At present, the school accommodates close to 1547 children who come from the neighbouring communities such as Garib Nagar, Behram Nagar, Navpada, Golibar and Kherwadi.
Aseema Bal Shaikshanik Kendra
As part of our commitment to support the tribal community we set up our Education Centre, now known as Aseema’s Bal Shaikshanik Kendra (ABSK). The last phase of construction which included the Primary and Secondary Section was inaugurated in December 2018 by the Hon’ble Minister for Education, Mr. Vinod Tawde. Currently, over 488 children delight in studying at ABSK in classes from Pre-Primary to Standard X. The children who attend this school are primarily children of farmers. They live in tribal wadis of Awalkhed, Karachi wadi, Rere wadi, Jambhul wadi, etc.
Always buzzing with energy, our children are given multiple opportunities to express themselves, recognise their unique talents and expand their horizons. A wide range of co-curricular activities help the students discover, design, develop and thrive in sports, art, music, computers and much more.
At Aseema, art is incorporated into every child’s routine from a young age. Art stimulates creativity and encourages our children to express their thought, feelings and emotions. It channelizes their dreams and desires and is a beautiful expression of their imagination.
Aseema is one of the only 2 centres in India where the international Room 13 Art Programme is adopted to teach children art. The children who form a part of Room 13 get the opportunity to study national and international artists. They work with a variety of mediums and techniques and create beautiful artworks which are then replicated on a range of products from coasters to handbags.
Field trips give a welcome break to the children from their normal class routine. The children always look forward to exploring new opportunities and new surroundings.
Cultural events and celebrations form an integral part of joyful learning. The children are introduced to the essesnce of the festivals through stories, music, group discussions and a variety of other engaging activities. The children learn values such as unity and brotherhood and they also learn how to respect various cultures and traditions.
The ‘How to Live’ Programme has been initiated as a pilot project at KMS to inculcate values such as inner calm, sharing, compassion and courage. Through activities and stories, children were encouraged to imbibe these values in their daily lives thereby enabling them to become caring, responsible and thoughtful citizens.
With one hour of the much loved sports every day our children get the much needed exercise which benefits them both physically and emotionally. Our children learn techniques to play games such as kho-kho, basketball, handball, volleyball, etc. They train hard and participate in inter school, district and national level competitions. Along with building a healthy physique, sports teaches children important values of team-work, concentration, sportsman spirit and discipline. Through a focused all-year-round training, our team of sports coaches build in agility, strength, stamina and flexibility in our children.
At Aseema, soft, soothing music is played in between two classes. This helps the children calm down, recollect their thoughts and assimilate their studies. During their weekly music class, the children learn English and Hindi songs and poems. This helps improving vocabulary and usage of new words. Weekly music classes are fun filled and a time for children to relax and enjoy.
At Aseema Bal Shaikshanik Kendra, Igatpuri, children from Standard IV upward are introduced to 2 vocational subjects – Agriculture and Tailoring. These subjects aim to give the children a hands-on and practical experience. Since agriculture is the predominant occupation of most families in Igatpuri, it is crucial to teach them the science behind agriculture. In the tailoring class, the children make beautiful designs and patterns using colourful threads. The tailoring classes provide the children with a skill that can be explored either as a career in the future.
Health and Nutrition
Across our schools, our mid-day meals are an important source of nutrition for our children. Since their parents are daily wage earners, it is often difficult for parents to cook and provide packed lunches to the children. The children rely on hot-cooked meals served by us and this meal is often a substantial part in their daily diet.
In Mumbai, our children are provided with a banana and lunch daily and in Igatpuri, with breakfast and lunch. For children coming from impoverished families these are wholesome meals which foster their physical and mental growth.
Our in-house nutritionist prepares a balanced menu incorporating all the essential nutrients. Height and weight analysis of all the children is done twice a year to keep a tab on the child’s physical growth and development pattern.
Medical check-ups and health camps are organized for all children in Mumbai and Igatpuri.
The Counselling team consisting of Clinical and Counselling Psychologists is well-equipped to deal with a variety of challenges our children face at home. Using techniques of group and individual counselling, our counsellors’ first gain the trust of the children and slowly encourage the child to open up about her problems. The team makes use of several therapy techniques that address the psychological, educational, developmental and social needs of the children.
The team also conducts workshops and awareness sessions on topics such as child sexual abuse, emotional hygiene, menstrual hygiene, bullying and teasing, handling peer pressure and motivation.
The colourful ‘Children’s Box’ at every school assures each child that there is someone to listen to their apprehensions, to help them through their difficulties or just have a casual conversation to lift their spirits.
Community Work Centre
A Community Work Centre (CWC) has been set up at Aseema to link the school with the community. A team of Social Workers liaison with the parents building strong ties with the community and working towards creating an environment that supports education.
Some of the areas that the CWC work on are –
- Visiting the community and encouraging all children to enrol in school
- Monitoring attendance of all children on a weekly basis
- Visiting the home of each child to build a stronger relationship with the family
- The CWC oversees the formation and functioning of the School Management Committees
- Holding meetings with the parents on a regular basis
- Monitoring the meal programme
The Aseema Alumni Association was formed in the year 2016 to create a network for career guidance, mentoring and job referrals. The success of this programme reflects in the achievements of our alumni, the biggest being employment in the formal sector. Our alumni have taken up an eclectic range of careers and can be found as teachers leading students to climb up the ladder of knowledge, as accountants, sales executives and HR executives in big national and multinational corporations and even as stylists working in salons.
Raju & I
To spread the message of child rights Aseema produced a 30 minute animated film called Raju & I. This film focuses on the right to education and speaks of how each one of us can do our bit. Its animated characters, sensitive approach and strong message have made the film appealing to people of all ages and have also invited much accolade. In 2005, Raju & I (directed by Animagic), won the National Award for the Best Animation Film.
Raju and I has also won many other awards and much recognition.