We’re delighted to provide you with an update on how things are going at Hunar Ghar, India. We are one year into three years of funding teachers’ salaries at this inspirational school set up by our UK partner Educate for Life. Hunar Ghar is based in a rural area near Udaipur, Rajasthan – one of the poorest states in all of India.
Update after 12 Months of Funding
All teachers at Hunar Ghar, including two funded by one of our “Third Aim” education project grants, receive regular training and professional development opportunities. They are supported with their lesson planning and given tailored resources. This means that learning experiences are significantly enriched for current students and future ones too.
Hunar Ghar has been running since 2007 and has come a very, very long way. In the past 12 months we’ve been so impressed with the continued progress:
Increased school intake 60% to 412 pupils at the start of the 2016/17 school year across 15 classes. That number is rising to 500 pupils across 17 classes for 2017/18.
An average of grade A was achieved by class 8 pupils in board exams, and 100% are expected to enroll in secondary school – an astounding result for a rural primary school in this part of India.
Numerous training opportunities for every member of teaching staff across a range of academic and emotional development topics – 60% of rural teachers in India get zero professional training.
About Hunar Ghar & Educate for Life
Hunar Ghar was set up by Educate for Life in 2007 and is proving to be a life changing experience for children. Its students are first generation learners. This means they come from illiterate families who have been trapped in a cycle of poverty for generations. Without access to education, they have remained unskilled and consequently unable to access other opportunities. Hunar Ghar gives its children the chance to change all of this and become, in the words of Educate for Life, “the authors of their own futures”.
Hunar Ghar School is the first rural school of its kind, providing a space for children to learn, explore and grow. It does this by adapting the the state curriculum to meet the specific needs of first generation rural learners. The children do not learn by rote. Rather, innovative learning methods are designed by Educate for Life. These enable the students to freely express their creativity, connect with their local community and learn by means of activities and games in a fun-filled manner.
In 2016, Hazel’s Footprints committed to providing £4,320 for two teachers’ salaries each year for three years. We have just sent the second installment of funding and can’t wait to see how this school develops over the 2017/18 academic year.
For more information about Educate for Life and Hunar Ghar school please visit their website.