Rishi Pragatisheel Shikshan Sansthan - Little Stars School Teachers Program

Project Brief: Little Stars School offers formal education following UP Board curriculums. Little Stars prioritizessmall class sizes, quality and individualized instruction, the promotion of understanding, criticalthinking, and comprehension rather than rote memoriz
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: girls

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Princeton
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Amrish Garg
Project Partner(s): Amrish Garg
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , N1/59-A-23-22, Shivpuri Colony,Nagwa,Varanasi,
UTTAR PRADESH  221005
Tel: 011 91 8858504470
Stewarding Chapter: Princeton
Sep 2017PrincetonUSD 9096

Total = $9096

Little Stars School offers formal education following UP Board curriculums. Little Stars prioritizes
small class sizes, quality and individualized instruction, the promotion of understanding, critical
thinking, and comprehension rather than rote memorization, and teaching our students life
skills in addition to academic knowledge such as the ability to speak clearly and confidently for
themselves. We also conduct an optional afterschool beautician vocational training course
taught by volunteers and former Little Stars students.
To provide an excellent education that empowers each of our students to reach their full
potential, to break the cycle of poverty facing them and their family members, and to help
the students develop into empowered Indian citizens and role models in their communities.
Over the past two decades Little Stars School has been present for and a driver of a shift in the local mindset from one where education was seen as useless (a lesson taught by experiences with the local government school) to one where education is seen as means for advancement (thanks to the work of Little Stars School and other NGOs). To meet the growing demand for education, Little Stars School has grown from 7 students to almost 900 in two separate buildings with the most rapid growth occurring in the last five years. Little Stars currently is the only low-fee school to provide pre-nursery through class 12 education in the Nagwa slum neighborhood and in all of Varanasi. We also now run a shelter home for 25 street and orphaned girls. Our fees are encouraged, but not mandatory and we currently ask 1,000 Rs. per student per year to prompt the participation of families in the educational process. The problem we are attempting to address is to continue to meet the demand for high quality, low-fee education that is now recognized in our community.