THE SIMPLE SCHOOL
In April 2017, we took on our first school transformation project in Delhi. This is our first big opportunity to impact and transform a government primary school in an urban community. We have partnered with the primary school in the BhimNagri area of South Delhi. This initiative is a collaborative partnership with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation on their ‘School Quality Enhancement Program’ (SQEP).
SQEP is a unique program, which aims to strengthen the quality of government run schools, by partnering with private organizations working in the education space. Our role as the implementing NGO, is to transform the overall school culture, strengthen teaching and learning processes, innovate curriculum and facilitate the transition of the school into the English medium of instruction.
In our first year, we have taken over two grades (Nursery & Grade 1) in this school, directly impacting close to 75 children. The core philosophy of this program is to bridge the socio-economic gap and ensure that all children have access to a quality education comparable to those available to children from higher income schools at no cost. This is a unique opportunity for us to work directly within the government system for transformational change. Moving forward, we will take over an additional classroom each year as part of our intervention model and by 2020, we aim to transform the entire school as the first English medium government school for that community.