We provide pre-school education to children in all three centres. Here children from the age of 3-6 years take the first steps in their school life and are given the basics of English Maths and Bengali. There are currently approximately 220 children in our pre-school programme in our three centres. A nutritious meal is provided to all children in our morning schools each day. The vast majority of the children in our centres are first generation learners whose parents are illiterate and our centres offer these children their first steps in education.
Once a child reaches the required standard and age they then enter our Follow-Up Programme and are mainstreamed into Government schools where their progress is closely monitored by our teachers. They return to our centres in the evening and receive extra tuition and lessons from our teachers and coaching staff. We presently have roughly 200 children in our follow-up programme and have been particularly encouraged by the large numbers of our students reaching the latter stages of their education in recent years and have even had some students go on to study in college
When we opened our first school in Topsia in 1997 the health problems of the children soon became very apparent. In the intervening years we have worked tirelessly to improve all health issues which needed to be addressed. Through educating the mothers that each day all food cooked must be either eaten or thrown away a dramatic improvement resulted almost immediately. Today the picture is so much healthier in every way and where once we were dealing with daily crises we are now in the fortunate position of maintaining good health. The medical situation in our schools has dramatically improved over the years and we are very proud of the ongoing work of the team under the supervision of Champa Chaudhury our nurse.
In each of our centres children attending our morning school are given a nutritious meal once that day’s 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.