Monthly Archives: June 2013

[Interview] Our School Support Program at Royal City School – Explained

Lakshmi with the students of the Royal City School in Dharavi doing an action song. The students are not used to it yet as it is their first week back in school. Last week we blogged about the inauguration of the new English Language Support Program at the Royal City School in Dharavi. To make you understand the whole project a little bit better we have interviewed the ELS Program Manager Lakshmi Vishwanatham who has been with Reality Gives since three years.

Why do you think is the community of Dharavi is in need of an English Language Support Program?

The community looks at English as a career defining path where their children will have access to job opportunities, not just on the domestic but also the global market. Parents of students at vernacular schools hope that their kids also get a chance to compete with students from English medium schools as they aren’t able to afford the higher school fees.

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Intern Nieck

In today’s blog I would like to introduce myself to you. My name is Nieck Slikker, I’m a 26 year old student at Stenden University (city of Leeuwarden) in the Netherlands. As of the 8th of June, I am the new addition to the Reality team here in Mumbai, although it will be for a short period of 4 months. I am what they would call ‘the intern’. Other titles I carry are ‘Chief Coffee Distributor’, ‘Senior Executive of Interior Cleaning’ and ‘Head Greeter’. I’m joking of course! The main task I have throughout these 4 months, is to conduct my research for my dissertation. After this I will be finishing up my thesis. In other words, this internship is my final placement which concludes my BBA and Tourism Management.

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Our New School Support Program At Royal City School In Dharavi

We are very sorry that it has been silent on our blog for such a long time. As you might have read on our facebook page, our Executive Director left Reality Gives due to unfortunate circumstances.

But of course we would like to inform you also about some positive change within our organisation and certainly the biggest recently has been the ones for our English Language Support Program.

In the past three years ten female teachers from Dharavi and the program head Lakshmi have been working at the local municipal vernacular Kala Killa school to teach the first three grades in English language. We have used our child-centred approach according to the Muktangan teaching methods for around 500 students in three years. It was a great time but we always had trouble conducting our programa and specific projects due to the high-standard bureaucracy at municipal schools.

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