Since our inception in 2004, our focus is to deliver "Total child care" to children in BMC schools by providing education, health and an opportunity to indulge in extracurricular activities.
To achieve this, we have programs around:
- Kindergartens in BMC schools
- Using innovative methods to enrich learning experience
- Remedial program for English and Mathematics
- After school camps for sports and arts
- Girls empowerment
- Improving school infrastructure
We believe the above initiatives will help us provide a holistic education to our children and make school a fun place for them.
Funds raised through the SCMM 2016 will be used to support CHIP Mumbai's 2016-17 BMC school programs:
- Expand the CHIP Kindergarten program to more government schools, with emphasis on health and nutrition for children and mothers
- Establishing a program for Children with learning difficulties in government schools
- Supporting BMC teachers with professional development opportunities to enhance teaching methods and practices
- Deliver infrastructure support to schools as needed, such as additional classrooms or toilets.
- Start community centres that focus on after school programming for children in slum communities
CHIP SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM: The pedagogical methods used in BMC schools , the quality of teachers and the facilities provided, all contribute towards low levels of learning especially at the primary level and influence retention and dropout rates.
In 2011 CHIP developed an in-school academic support model for 250 Class 1 students studying in BMC schools. CHIP identified areas where the current early grade curriculum and teacher training fall short, and then worked with a core team of education experts to develop a program that addresses those issues.
The program supplements teaching-by-rote with innovative learning methods and encourages children to use their curiosity to explore for information. The classroom, as a result, has become a hub of activity managed by a trained teacher who steers children towards self learning. The program includes implementation of a uniquely designed interactive curriculum imparted using technology. The program is conducted by women from the community who are trained by CHIP to be teachers .
Regular student assessments reveal that students are fast learning and significant achievements have been made in language, writing skills and conceptual understanding. On seeing the impact, we decided to scale the program and reach out to more students. In 2012, CHIP has expanded the program to cover over 1000 students. The generous contribution we received through the SCMM 2012 has been used to scale this initiative.