Shiksha Education Centers, Gurugram
Shiksha operates two educational centres that caters to over 1000 students in Gurugram, Haryana. While the NCERT and NIOS OBE curriculum is followed, the pedagogy and teaching practice is balanced between lectures and extracurricular activities such as sports, dance, drama, computer basics, English speaking and health awareness programs. Students who study at Shiksha gain a sense of confidence, value, and are empowered with the tools to put them on the path for sustainable livelihoods. In addition to completely free education, the centers also provide its students with free uniforms, books, reading materials and a mid-day meal to ensure that poor families do not have any undue burden placed on them to educate their children. The best students are awarded scholarships upon their completion of Class VII, enabling them to complete their education through the national educational system. This year, SHIKSHA graduates have taken admission in the following formal schools with many of them receiving full scholarships: Lady Florence Public School, CR Model School, Bachpan Smart School, I CAN Public School, Mother Angel School, Delhi Public School, Wazirabad Sr. Secondary Government School, and Jharsa Sr. Secondary Government School
Shiksha: Mohyal Colony
Originally being run in three rooms on the ground floor of the community center, additional rooms on the ground floor, and a completed second floor was constructed to accommodate the increasing number of students wanting to attend the institution. The center now also has a library and IT enabled classroom with 15 computers. It is the longest running and most successful project that Shiksha uses as a model for expanding other centers.
In 2017 a grant received from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany allowed the construction of a new wing with three additional rooms, and a rain water harvesting facility. The new wing was inaugurated by H.E Dr. Martin Ney, Ambassador of Germany to India. There are a total of 18 classrooms now and large outdoor area for play. The covered area over two floors is 8,440 square feet while the area of the plot is 10,500 square feet. Area Profile: Mohyal Colony Students in Shiksha Centre, Mohyal Colony come from Prem Puri, Jharsa village and nearby slum areas in Sector-40 and Sector- 31 of Gurugram. People living in these slums have migrated from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar in search of a livelihood. They work as guards, cart vendors, rickshaw drivers, tailors, electricians, plumbers, construction workers, domestic workers, other informal daily wage earners, while some are also unemployed and underemployed.
It was founded in 2003 to educate street children who would spend their days wandering and collecting scrap material and engage in other forms of child labour to generate income. In 2005, Summerfield School took over the management and the school was shifted to the nearby Mandir where it was being run in two shifts. Due to challenges faced in a religious location, the school’s management was shifted to the current location of Shiksha Centre in 2010. In 2017, with a grant from the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, the original informal structure of four classrooms were reconstructed to formalize the structure while increasing the overall covered area. Alongside, a rainwater harvesting facility was also installed.
Currently Shiksha has 295 students enrolled and there are 8 separate classrooms, a computer center with 10 computers and an outdoor area for play. Area Profile: Wazirabad Students here come from Saraswati Kunj, Wazirabad village, and Paras Nath. All these areas are located near the Golf Course Road in DLF Phase V. People of these communities have migrated from Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and West Bengal and they work around the Golf Course Road area as scrap collectors and rag pickers, guards, construction workers, cart vendors, rickshaw drivers and other informal daily wage earners, while some are also underemployed or unemployed. We would be pleased to welcome you to see our work and appreciate its impact on the ground.