Badi Asha School.
Varanasi, India.

Recorded in Varanasi.

The Badi Asha School is the main project of the Learn for Life Society and is located in the district Aurangabad in the city of Varanasi. The pupils, whose parents cannot afford any school education for them, come from backgrounds of extreme poverty.

About 60 children between four and fourteen years currently attend the school. However, their number is steadily increasing. Five qualified and three assistant teachers are extensively concerned with teaching the pupils to read, write, and calculate (in English as well as in Hindi).
Classes start with an hour of Yoga on the school’s roof in the morning. Afterwards, the children are taught Hindi, mathematics, English, and social/ science studies.

In the afternoon, the pupils have the possibility to study Indian dance and music, to sew, or learn the language Urdu. They can also stay in school to simply play or paint. Volunteers take care of children with learning difficulties. Moreover, the pupils can adjourn to the library to practice reading. For the older ones a computer class is provided in the afternoon. It is also free for youth from the neighborhood that would normally have no access to computers. Hence, the children are in a protected environment all day long and don’t have to stay on the streets.
The pupils are provided with two meals per day, whereby great attention is paid to healthy food. The ingredients used are from local farmers and do not contain chemical additives.
The children, their families, and the school staff are provided with free medical care by the association.

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