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"The more we selflessly serve others, the more we will love: The more we love, the closer we come to the Lord."
Actualizing the Potential of Disadvantaged Children
Programs at ‘Rejoice,’ Arpana’s Community Centre in Vasant Vihar, New Delhi
Arpana set up Gyan Aarambh in Rejoice, Vasant Vihar, with a mission to provide effective educational support to underprivileged children. Identifying the gaps in learning that these students grapple with at their regular schools, this program offers tools and resources to address their most urgent learning needs. Our goal is to help them develop into wholesome adults and responsible citizens.
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, Gyan Aarambh adopted online teaching. Teachers designed lessons in an audio-visual format, and distributed printed worksheets to the students. Lack of universal access to online classes, especially for students returning to villages, were challenges. Through the persistent efforts of our director, Mrs. Meenakshi Mathur, our highly motivated and diligent volunteers, as well as all the teachers and staff, we achieved our target of supporting students through online classes.
The academic session started on 1st of July 2020, using digital learning, for classes 1-9.
Physical classes resumed from 15th January, 2021, until 30th March 2021.
Help from our Patrons
Many of our donors came forward to facilitate the recharge of data and provide several mobile phones from July to September 2020, enabling students in their digital learning process.
Rations distributed to students’ families
New Frontiers: Resilience and Learning
The pandemic taught all of us the values of resilience and responsibility, and the importance of keeping our morale high with optimism, self-reflection, and gratitude. Our efforts have instilled a routine and discipline for the children as well as for ourselves, all of which has opened up new frontiers of learning and has proved vital for surviving these unprecedented times.