As in most schools all over the world children get a summer holiday. So did the young students at the Maidan Gharhi learning centre in Delhi, run by ANK, supported by School by School. Some children go home to their villages but most of them stay in Delhi and get help from the teachers to complete their summer homework, so not much of a holiday there…
They’ve also had some outside help from a volunteer named Ms Kalin Shah who has spent her childhood and teenage years living in Nairobi, Kenya, where she was educated in a British Curriculum school. She then moved to the UK to undertake a BSc in Physiotherapy at the University of Manchester. This led her to experience placements in a range of hospitals, including Nanavati Hospital in Mumbai.
However, a desire to tackle social issues at a grassroots level, spurred her on to becoming a teacher. She has completed her Post Graduate Certificate in Primary Education, from the University of London, Institute of Education, in July 2008. Thereupon, she joined a Primary School known as Kenmore Park Junior School (KPJS), based in North London. KPJS is a state school that follows the British curriculum, consisting of 320 pupils of age range 7 – 11 years.
Ms Kalin Shah is now coming in twice a week to the learning centre and is involved in training children acting and drama. As you can imagine, the children loves it!