Anandadhara- SPAN

Project Brief: Support SPAN to provide alternative education for ~300 children in Anandadhara, DumDum center
Project Type: Alternative Education (description)
Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: to go to formal school

Area: Urban
Supporting Chapter Contact: Atlanta
Status: completed - sustainable
Project Steward: Abhyuday Mandal
Project Partner(s): Prabir Basu
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , (SPAN) Society for Peoples’ Awa,66/2, Sarat Chandra Dhar Road,Kolkata,
Tel: 091-033-2531-9856/6484/2577-37
Stewarding Chapter: Atlanta
Mar 2008AtlantaUSD 2125

Total = $2125

SPAN runs education centers at nine slums of Kolkata and Suburbs. Wherein the children in difficult circumstances are motivated to drop in these centers, get the nurturing through joyful learning and mainstreamed in government schools. All these centers are under the name of “Anandadhara Shikshayatan”. Thus it so conceptualized that SPAN’s intervention in the area of education is known by ‘Anandadhara’. All the centers of Anandadhara are guided by a philosophy of democracy. Democracy does not happen by chance. They result from explicit attempts by educators to put in place arrangements and opportunities that will bring democracy to life. These arrangements and opportunities involve two lines of work. One is to create democratic structures and processes by which life in the schools is carried out. The other is to create a curriculum that will give young people democratic experiences.
In DumDum municipal area Anandadhara has its own premises, which is considered as the storehouse of the democratic values that emanate and a center of demonstrating those to its other branches as well.
• A compulsory education for all children in the society.
• To make learning more interesting and also to make sure the access of all the children, an equitable quality education will be the focus.
• Government schools to be strengthened to regain its lost paradise against privatization.
A group of like-minded friends concerned with the unhappy state of the under privileged in our society started work among some slum communities in Kolkata. This effort was given a concrete shape in the formation of Society for Peoples’ Awareness (SPAN) as a registered organization in 1989 under the Society Registration Act.