“As per the Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report 2017-18 by UNESCO, 264 million children around the globe are denied education and out of the 83% children going to school, only 45% are able to complete secondary school education.”
School education is the prime instrument for promoting positive childhood development. It instils moral values and shapes lives of children. Unfortunately, children’s education in India suffers from lack of resources and strategies.
Public Health Justice lives by the goal of empowering the lives of underprivileged section of the urban slums through its flagship program ‘Step 1 Balwadi’. Public Health Justice is the brain child of mother-daughter duo, Mrs. Uma Bagaria and Dr. Namrata Bagaria. It is a public charitable trust, registered under Mumbai Public Trusts Act, 1951.
The primary focus at Step 1 Balwadi is to provide education, sanitation and nutrition to children. We are dedicated to imparting high-quality education in pre-schools and help the children learn speak, read and write in English and improve their foundation in Mathematics. This enables students to ace primary interviews and secure admissions in schools of their choice.
Today, Indian parents want to enrol their children in English medium schools. However, most children who come from low socio-economic background attend government or municipal run preschool called ‘Anganwadi’ or ‘Balwadi’. These pre-schools have witnessed an increase in enrollment because of mid-day meal programmes. There is no standardised curriculum being followed in most of the municipal or government run pre-schools. Even the children who have regular attendance, are unable to do basic Mathematics and English writing, reading and speaking, which is a requirement for a primary school admission. There is laxity from the authorities on quality of education in pre-schools as these are not yet covered in the ‘Right to Education’ Act.
Since 2012, Step 1 Balwadi is working passionately to provide the joy and power of education to children at a low cost. Children learn and grow in a friendly, disciplined and progressive environment. This also enables us to work closely with parents, communities and make them understand the importance of child education.
Open local education centre in community
Ensure quick and intelligent learning through innovative teaching methods
Get children ready for class one in municipal and private schools, in a healthy and intelligent condition
Employment within the community by appointing “Mahila sevak” for teaching
Supervisory staff and computer operator have been appointed within the community only–following an all-inclusive approach
Identify a community in a slum
Identify and enrol children aged 3 to 6 years and Train “Mahila Sevak”
Conduct four regular batches: 9 am to 11 am, 11 am to 1 pm, 1 pm to 3 pm, and 3 pm to 5 pm and Each batch contains 30-32 students
Ideal space of 200 square feet needed with attached toilet and 24 hours water supply
Regular batches are from June to April. Summer vacation is in May; Diwali and Christmas vacation are also given
Number of working days is 5
595 Students Served since 2012
2012-13 : 45 Students
2013-14 : 72 Students
2014-15 : 96 Students
2015-16 : 102 Students
2016-17 : 120 Students
2017-18 : 160 Students
There are 4 "mahila sevak" and one supervisor and there is one computer operator and one cleaner as well
To start Parent Teachers Meeting from the next session
Number of working days to be changed to 5
Saturdays to be dedicated for administration work
One more batch to be conducted from 5 pm to 7 pm
Aadhar card to be linked for each child
One more branch of Balwadi to be set up soon at Worli Naka
Target to open 100 branches in the urban slums of Bombay
Teach our children
Train our teachers
Assist with administrative work
Network and fundraising
Arrangements for picnic
Students from B.D. Somani International School volunteer at Step 1 Balwadi
We invite other schools as well to come forward and volunteer
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- Educational Activities
A small act of giving can do wonders! Giving makes us happier than the one who receives. It is an enigmatic happy feeling that cannot be compared to any other joy in the world.
All we need to do is donate Rs. 7,500 to sponsor a child for a year and join Step 1 Balwadi's efforts to help and educate children in India. This amount mainly includes rent, staff stipend, uniform, birthday gifts, stationary, electricity and cleaning expenses incurred yearly for a child.
Bank Account Details for Donation
Name of Account: Public Health Justice
Bank Name: HDFC Bank
Type of Account: Current
Account Number: 05012020001574
Branch Name: Churchgate
Branch IFSC Code: HDFC0000501
Mrs. Uma Bagaria
+91 99200 85246
Step 1 Balwadi
Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Nagar,
TL Vaswani Marg, above Walk Fitness Gym,
Cuffe Parade, Colaba, Mumbai - 400005