スラムではじめたNozomi HT Gakkoの活動記録


by handstogether

Parents Meeting (report from Sanyam-ji)

It was raining and I thought the gathering of parents would be difficult. Shashirekha san, the Project Manager, had visited the slum on Saturday and had informed people about the timing. As I reached there, I saw only three women and some children waiting, Ken san was there, I was accompanied by Dei san, in a few minutes also arrived Katai san. Ken san told me that Shashirekha san had gone out in slum in this rain to remind people of the meeting.

Soon she came back, accompanied by some children, she smiled as usual and said that people are coming and soon the room was full. We all sat in front of people facing them.

I started the conversation; first about our activities, our teachers, our programs, and also about problems we face.

The biggest we have, is the shortage of class rooms. We have just one room, naturally the slum has more children than the space we have – they wouldn't fit in. We can not provide everyday tuition to all slum children. Most of parents want to send their kids daily to Nozomi HT Gakko and they also asked for this, I had to explain the situation. I said, we can provide more teachers, but unfortunately we don't have any other place to hold more classes. We have already divided classroom in two parts, one for lower classes and the other for junior high school classes. I told them that we will be teaching all the subjects, but the emphasis will be on mathematics, science and English. Parents agreed to my points, but said they keep forgetting days, on which a particular class is taught. I had to write the Time Table on the board and explain it to everybody. Some of the parents are not literate and this is another problem. They don't understand the importance of sending their kids regularly to the school. Out of all those people, we met, almost all were interested in sending their kids to school.

Teachers had informed that some of the kids go to play in the neighboring ground at the time of school, at home they tell their parents that they are going to Nozomi HT Gakko, but they are never their. This issue was raised by Shashirekha san. This is a serious issue, because if children don't study they will fail in school examinations and parents would think that we are not teaching properly, since they are unaware of fact. Parents really want these kids to study. I said, 'we take the responsibility of teaching standard and teachers. You please take the responsibility of kids and assure that kids are coming to classes.' I added, for monitoring the classes one of our team members visits the school everyday, in this manner we control the teaching standard and assure that all problems of all kids are addressed in a proper manner. You all live in this community area, please give your 5 minutes to check the presence of your child in Nozomi HT Gakko. Please visit school sometimes to check, whether your child is going to study or playing in the ground. In this manner we may assure their presence in classes.

I think my words struck, as they all immediately agreed, now on they, I hope at least some of them, will be also visiting the school and this way we would certainly give good results.

Ken san and others including me think it would work. Please write your opinion. Your words value to us.

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by handstogether | 2007-08-26 01:07 | Nozomi HT Gakko