I always feel at home in Bombay. Lots has changed in the last ten years, but the city still feels the same. There is a distinct smell in the air, as I get off the train at CST, which only belongs to Bombay. And it does something to everyone who comes here, it invites them to be a part of itself and fulfill their dreams in the city. I drive through familiar spots and check in.
The next morning, I drove to Santa Cruz to meet with Cr.Mansi, Chairperson of Bombay Ladies Circle 56. We were visiting their project, which is called the Child Reach School. Housed in a Bombay Municipal School, Child Reach School was founded in 1999 by a group of parents and professional educators. The school is dedicated to the education and development of slow learners, to enable their rightful place in society with dignity and respect.
The school works with slow learners, who are above the age of seven. Their focus is on academic and thus are a part of the National Institute of open School (NIOS) Std X and Std XII. They also provide computer education and treat creativity of the student as an important criteria for development. Thus, they promote programs of arts and crafts, drama, dance and music. They also undertake cooking and baking skills, personal grooming, yoga and sport activities.
I was impressed by the dedication of the educators and even the principal Ms.Farida. I could see smiles all around even when they were holding classes in the corridors of the BMC School. Due to lack of classrooms, Child Reach also conducts its classes outside in the corridors. Even the principal’s desk has been shifted out to accommodate more space for the learners. Though donations like the one from ladies Circle ( Rs 125,000 per annum) always assist in the running of the school, they are looking for someone who could help is getting a few classrooms alloted to them in the same school. As of now, they have four but would love to have another one. Anyone out there, who can help?