Education

Education

“An investment in knowledge pays the best interest”. – Benjamin Franklin

Empowerment through education has always been the mantra for us at SWS. Our ambition of enabling the Sundarbans’ livelihood will only be realised if we ensure that the youngsters of this region are not driven into child labour and instead have the chance to receive an education. We believe that education is an essential platform for the overall betterment of any society. Strategically, we have approached this massive task with a 3-step model.

Elementary Education Programme

Our school began as a pre-school in the year 2012. Our original thought was to turn it into a formal education centre, empowering the community and providing a brighter future for the children in the Sundarbans. When “Swapnopuron Shishu Niketan” was founded in 2012, the English language was our primary focus. Eventually, a formal educational framework emerged, and regular classroom instruction began, which encompassed disciplines such as social science, mathematics, storytelling, arts and crafts, etc. On any given day, we have around 250 students in our classrooms. The school operates six days a week.

English as a medium of Empowerment

As an integral part of our primary focus, we give stress on communicative English and children of Classes 6-10 regularly attend English Learning sessions. Our motto is to make learning fun and interesting, so; the motivation ‘to learn’ is there – ensuring almost no dropouts.

Capacity Building Initiatives

In our strive to strengthen communities and ensure that every child gets a fair chance to go to school, we have not sidestepped our efforts in strengthening our Human Resource, facilitate skill development, and yes, of course, all the macro initiatives that paved the way towards rural-upliftment, child education and overall community development. The goal is to consistently upskill instructors so that they can empower children in the proper way. For overall community empowerment, women empowerment, protection of child rights, we have a Dual pronged approach towards capacity building.

  1. Skill Development & Capacity Building for Teachers.
  2. Skill Development, Awareness Building & Community capacity building for Children and their family.

Skill Development & Capacity Building for Teachers

In our journey towards empowering the community and uplifting rural Sunderbans, teachers play a significant role. It is believed that good teachers can shape a better future since children are the future custodians of all that mother earth has to offer. We ensure that our teachers equipped with necessary professional training modules that keeps them attuned to modern teaching methodologies. Professionals regularly conduct mathematics, Modern Sciences, Environmental Sciences, and Language skills training sessions. Modules of Teaching-Learning skills and mock classrooms keep our teachers upskilled; such processes make better teachers and ensure communications techniques and knowledge delivery to the children are most effective.

Upskill Modules for teachers in the following areas:

  • Personality Development
  • Life Skills Education
  • Leadership Development
  • Basic Counselling Skills
  • Classroom Management
  • Power Brain Yoga and Meditation
  • Communicative English
  • Creative Art and Aesthetic Skills Development

Skill Development, Awareness Building & Community capacity building for Children and their family

At Swapnopuron, our mantra was not to be just a textbook school. We believed in the holistic education of children & adolescents and community empowerment through awareness and skill development of the families.

For Children & Adolescents, we have a twin-pronged approach.

Academic Skill Development
Academic skill development is a platform for growth for any child. Through this, we ensure that these children grow in the right direction and ensure a brighter future for themselves and their families. Along with regular classroom education, at SWS, we give immense importance to Workshops and Exhibitions co-created by teachers, students and sometimes, family members too.

Science Exhibitions, Maths Workshops, Art & Crafts Workshops, Storytelling workshops, Playground play sessions and other forms of co-creative activities ensure that the growth & development of all children and adolescents are propelled in the right direction.

Skills Development Activities
Several individuals, groups and agencies have come forward to support the cause of enhancing the development aspect among children. These workshops and interactive sessions have created opportunities for participation among children and the development of their aesthetic sense.
Some of the Developmental workshops we regularly have are:

• Puppetry Workshops
• Candle Making Workshops
• Parents-Teachers-Children/Adolescents Open sessions

Video 1

Katakhali Welfare Society, a part of Swapnapuron Welfare Society, works towards the involvement of local youth and children in various social activities like dancing, singing, etc. It also aims towards the teaching of healthy living, hygiene and fitness. The above video showcases some of the young talents and their performance.

Video 2

The ‘child protection week observation’ was held from 14th to 21st November, 2019. It was organised by Katakhali Welfare Society in West Bengal Child Protection and Child Rights Commission.

Video 2

The ‘child protection week observation’ was held from 14th to 21st November, 2019. It was organised by Katakhali Welfare Society in West Bengal Child Protection and Child Rights Commission.