VSP - INDIA

Sankalp Centres

Delhi


A SOCIETY for Promoting Inclusive Education


Since its inception in Delhi in 2006, Sankalp has evolved and transformed itself to respond to the perceived changing needs of children from disadvantaged and marginalized groups. We began  as a centre mainly to create awareness on inclusive education. The  interventions of this centre ranged from training teachers on inclusive education, developing printed material on inclusive education and  acting as a resource centre to promote inclusion of children from disadvantaged groups in regular schools.


MATERIAL DEVELOPMENT

In the beginning, Sankalp focused on developing materials on Inclusive Education. The materials were developed for various stakeholders involved in teaching and learning. The aim of the materials and training was to acquaint individuals on how to use effective teaching techniques; classroom management, classroom organization, learning and types of  problems,  


TRAINING PROGRAMMES CONDUCTED BY SANKALP SOCIETY FOR FUNDRAISING

To begin with, Sankalp raised finds by conducting training programmes for parents and teachers.   In 2011 the success of this project serving lower socio-economic children's needs resulted in all of the children being mainstreamed into regular schools in the area.  IASE Volunteers and GIVING Funds helped to provide supplies and support to make this happen.  Starting in 2012, Sankalp began working on sanitation projects, wherein it provides girls' toilets and safe drinking water to poor schools so that the girls remain in school.  The organization also provides school supplies to special education students.

 
Their needs include:
  • School supplies for elementary students:books, puzzles, blocks, reading materials, games, charts;
  • Volunteers to support studies and activities;
  • Funding for construction of toilets;
  • Sewing machines and vocational training.

Vocational Training Centre

Dr. Anupriya Chadha, Chief Consultant-Inclusive Education-SSA & RTE, Director of Sankalp

Sankalp Centre

 

Dr. Anupriya accepting an IASE donation via Mary Gale Budzisz, IASE volunteer of laptop computers for children and young adults with visual impairments. 

SPJ Sadhana School

Mumbai
Serving a variety of disabled children including autistic, Down Syndrome, speech and hearing impaired, spastic, and mentally retarded students who are trained in authentic skills to use in real life situations.


SPJ Sadhana School is in need of:

  • Speech Therapist to spend a month to teach classroom teachers some skills to help their students;
  • Someone to help document and publish a wealth of research conducted at the school;
  • A professional to conduct staff in-service on adolescent sexual issues;
  • Volunteers: During September-February.

(More photos here)
 
 












ORIENTATION AND OBSERVATION


From 10th to 25th April an Observation and Orientation workshop was held in SPJ Sadhana where funfilled activities - use of Busy Bags, Pasta Art, Trips to Hanging Garden, Origami, Badminton, Football, Cycling, Puzzle Competition, No Gas cooking, Movie, Cleanliness in the Classroom, Fancy  Dress Nail Art and Tattoo - were conducted for the entire school.

The event was the first of its kind and involved the entire staff and students in shared activities. The emphasis was on values such as friendship and sharing and working in tandem. It targeted cognition, perception and social interaction for the students. It was a platform for the teachers to assess the strengths and weakness, likes and dislikes and capabilities of their students and recognize their character traits such as tenacity and flexibility. It also strengthened survival skills by bringing safety measures into prominence.


                                              Graduating Class of 2015

                Third row standing left to right  Dr. Radhike Khanna,

                    Sister Gaitonde ,staff and students 

Photos top left to right: 
Photo One: International School Award 2013-2016
Photo Two: Blessings 2014' - A Fashion Event.  the Fabrics were designed and produced by the students of S.P.J. Sadhana School

Photos Bottom left to right:
Photo four: Model showcasing the work of the students at the Fashion Event.
Photo five: Siddharth Singh student of S.P.J. Sadhana School who suffers from Mr. Smith Lemliopitz Syndrome and Cerebral Palsy with his master piece in Acrylic
Photo Six:Art Trisonomy 21 - Art Exhibition 2013

Diamond Training

A two day trip on 13th and 14th April was undertaken to Surat to attend a workshop to Enhance the Students’ Educational experience and to understand the Gem Industry. They were accompanied by Ms. Renu Javeri and Mr. Rahul Desai. The students visited Venus-Jewel Diamond Factory and Hari Krishna Exports Pvt Ltd, both eminent Diamond hubs. They were able to make connections between classroom learning and the actual functioning of the industry, in a new environment and in a different culture. The students were also appreciated and praised for their discipline and dedication. It was an effective learning experience.

Lebenshilfe

Visakhapatnam

Serving hostel and day students who are mentally handicapped.  They are educated and trained in various social and academic skills. 

Service/support requested for Lebenshilfe include:

  • Teacher training;
  • Computer training;
  • Making teaching materials;
  • Psychologists, speech therapists, social workers, dance therapists, counselors;
  • Interaction with children: “adoption of a student” for a school term;
  • Volunteers: 1-3 months or longer; anytime except October, January, May and June.


(Learn more and see more photos here.)

Don Bosco

Cochin
The vision of Don Bosco is to reach out to the children of the street and to the young at risk, to inspire and support them towards a new life and to help them get integrated back into the mainstream society.  This site is a well integrated rehabilitation movement for these 300+ children with behavioral and emotional problems who may have been physically and/or sexually abused, sold by parents for beggary, forced into child labor, or have had various conflicts with the law.


Service/support requested by Don Bosco include:

  • Recreational activities;
  • Art projects;
  • Music;
  • Physical Education;
  • Conversational English;
  • Drama;                                                              
  • Social Skills training;
  • Computer skills;
  • Funding;
  • Volunteers: 2+ months; anytime of the year.


(Read more from IASE volunteer, Dr. Rita Mulholland.)

Fr. Joe Fernandez with older boys

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