GPM opened a brand new school for 20 villages in the Western Maharashta state of India in August 2015. The school, which has 20 classrooms spread out among 20 villages centered around the Shilonda village in the Palgar District region, serves altogether 500 students ages 5-10. This program, which was created by GPM educational staff Kenneth Desouza and Thaiza Diaz in collaboration with government educational institutions and staff, uses a holistic approach to development, innovative pedagogies, and a fun, student-centered atmosphere of foundational learning.
The Love2Learn school program is particularly exciting for GPM because it has fully incorporated the GPM concept of the “Triad of Children’s Development”. That is, children need education, health and nutrition support simultaneously in order to end the cycle of poverty.
Education. The primary aim of Love2Learn is to see every child succeed in literacy and math. The school uses progressive, culturally sensitive approaches to problem-solving and language acquisition. Love2Learn also incorporates some vital creative enrichment components to enrich the children’s learning experience. The school offers engaging performing arts activities for creative expression and personality development, as well as technologically-based interactive English teaching through e-learning.
Nutrition. The GPM “Eat to Learn” approach, in which every student receives a fresh, hot meal in school, has been fully integrated into the Love2Learn school infrastructure. This approach, which has been endorsed by former US President Bill Clinton, ensures that children will have the warm tummies and nutritional boosts that they need in order to learn, while providing parents with powerful incentives to keep their children in school.
Health. Love2Learn provides a Mobile Health Unit with medical personnel that visit the villages every day. They provide check-ups, vaccinations, preventive care, hygiene education supported by Sundara, and follow-up care. The Mobile Health Unit ensures that the basic medical needs of all 500 children are cared for.
By attending to all three aspects of the child’s needs, Love2Learn fights poverty and child labor while caring for the literacy, health and nutrition needs of the children – the vital components that the children need to thrive.
To learn more about the Love2Learn school, contact Jacob Sztokman at Jacob@gabrielprojectmumbai.org
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