Tree of rights, as painstakingly put together by Miss Yashodhe, an extremely dedicated Aflatoun teacher at Government Higher Primary School (GHPS) 15, Gadag.
As previously mentioned here before, in 2009 SICHREM was chosen by Meljol to run a year-long international child rights and savings education programme in Gadag called the Aflatoun Project. In conjunction with Meljol and the Desphande Foundation, SICHREM implemented and conducted the inauguaral Aflatoun project in Gadag in November 2009. Thus far, SICHREM’s staff have trained 110 teachers from 61 government schools who teach children in the 5th, 6th and 7th grades the programme. Children are taught through interactive teaching methods such as singing and role plays. SICHREM shall be training a further 39 schools over the next few months.
On Friday 2 July, SICHREM staff and Mr Amit, from the Deshpande Foundation, the funding organisation, went and visited four schools around Gadag. We met the headmistress or headmaster of each school and spoke with the Aflatoun teacher before sitting in on a class and hearing the children sing songs and answer questions about the what they had learnt about rights and savings. All of the classes we saw had an extremely good grasp of the concept of human rights, being able to identify examples of when human rights were being violated around them such as seeing other children working outside and not attending school. In one school particular, several of the classes had established Aflatoun Club and had managed to save around 800Rs.
Schoolchildren at GHPS 15.
A GHPS 15 pupil drawing the Aflatoun logo.
Jyothi, Documentation and Public Relations Officer, SICHREM and Mr Amit, Deshpande Foundation, with children from the GHPS.
The SICHREM team – Mr Vasanth, Gadag Coordinator, Jyothi and Stephanie from the Bangalore office, and Mr Kalmesh, Gadag Coordinator.
Teachers from GHPKBS No 10 and Jyothi.
Boys at CS Patil Primary School.