Centered around the idea that
education should be accessible
to all, irrespective of gender,
socio-economic background and
ability, the Akshara Foundation
works to provide equal
opportunities of learning that
transcends these boundaries.
AKSHARA HIGH SCHOOL
Akshara is a co-educational, not-for-profit English medium ICSE School. It is an inclusive school catering to children from diverse backgrounds with varied abilities.
Since its inception, the school focuses on providing subsidised fee structures, which is all-inclusive of arts programmes, sports training and state-of-the-art laboratories. The foundation has sort a range of multi-disciplinary projects to focus on the same, thereby enhancing teaching-learning methodologies with a clear focus to give equal opportunity to all children.
The school strongly believes that it is not about the content being taught to children that is important but the environment in which the child learns. The foundation, thus, aims to provide an environment that is rich in meaningful opportunities, enabling children to develop into mindful beings.
AFAL + AGASTYA SCIENCE CENTRE
Agastya International Foundation is a charitable education trust that runs one of the world’s
largest mobile hands-on science education programmes for economically disadvantaged
children and teachers.
AFAL and Agastya International Foundation have come together to bring the first-of-its-kind Science Centre to Mumbai that conducts hands-on sessions using models to cover topics in Physics, Chemistry and Biology for Class 5 through Class 9. The programme also conducts science fairs and teacher training sessions, while also training Young Instructors (YI). The Centre is aimed to benefit children and teachers from underprivileged backgrounds with an objective to:
• Increase access to practical, hands-on science education
• Spark curiosity and creativity amongst these children
• Train teachers in hands-on pedagogy
• Introduce peer-to-peer teaching/ learning methods
At the end of its first year in March 2018, the Agastya at Akshara Centre reached over 5,000
children and close to 150 teachers through its programme.
CENTRE FOR ARTS
AFAL’s Centre for Arts provides a common ground for children and adults to come together and share through the medium of art, keeping the focus on learning through tolerance, social development, humanitarian concerns and integration.
In addition, the centre hosts programmes with partners from across Mumbai while also functioning as a reference library, a performance space, and an exhibition centre.
ARTS FOR ALL
An initiative by AFAL, Arts for All is a programme that includes various arts-based engagements
for underprivileged children as well as communities. It aims to introduce a range of activities
using visual and performing arts to give children the exposure that impacts and enhances their
artistic sensibilities and expression.
Arts for All includes workshops for children and teachers in rural India providing varied forms of art to enhance learning and development skills.
AT THE THEATRE
In direct contrast to Mumbai’s vibrant theatre culture, is the lack of access to performances for children from underprivileged backgrounds. Therefore, to create more opportunities for these children, Arts for All - at the theatre, hosted a year-long series of theatre performances and workshops, which benefited over 8000 children.
ARTS FOR ALL AT BREAKING GROUND 2018
47 artists from India and abroad showcased their creations at the Indian Ceramic Triennale at Jawahar Kala Kendra, Jaipur, from August to November, 2018. During this Triennale, AFAL partnered with Contemporary Clay Foundation to conduct ceramic workshops, where hundreds of children worked with clay and created beautiful pieces of art.
ART1ST – A VISUAL ARTS CURRICULUM
With a belief that the visual arts are a powerful lens for transforming the world, Arts for All found a match in philosophy with the Art1st programme and brought it to Akshara School. Through a visual arts curriculum, teacher training and mentoring, the programme shares a vision to create and develop learning environments that nurture and strengthen imagination, visual literacy and cultural awareness of children and educators.
Over the years, the children at Akshara High School have been exposed to various art-based experiences, which have enriched their minds and souls tremendously. The idea was to do something similar by infusing sports into their daily life. Thus, AFAL will be introducing a trained sports programme (Football) for children from Grades 5 to 10 as part of the academic year 2019-20.
TIFLI- TAKE A CHILD TO THE THEATRE
Tifli is an inititative that has its focus on ‘International Festival of Theatre for Young Audiences’. Hosted by ASSITEJ India, it is designed to expose children to handpicked international performances as well as various forms of Indian theatre. In December 2016, AFAL sponsored the entire festival for thousands of children from NGOs and municipal schools across Mumbai.
GOOD PITCH INDIA
For over 10 years, Good Pitch has been connecting the world’s best social justice films with new allies and partners. In April 2018, AFAL joined hands with Indian Documentary Foundation to support the event and to help bring a social change in the Indian environment.