SAPNA Shikshalaya is the outcome of our five years’ experience with the Pankhuri project. The success of the project generated a visible demand for an affordable school for girls of the area. Cognizant of the transformative power of value-based education, we began work on the development of a relevant curriculum that would lead to superior learning outcomes.
The Shikshalaya began with 19 admissions in the first year followed by 46 in the second, 113 in the third, and 147 in the fourth year. The school provides uniforms, books and stationery. In addition, students are given mid-day meals to overcome nutritional deprivation that often exists due to poverty and gender bias at home. Regular parent-teacher meetings are conducted to sensitize parents about their children and other issues which need attention at home. Parents are also encouraged to deposit small savings in the Sukanya Samridhi Khata to secure the future of their daughters. In 2019-20, 175 girls from 15 neighbouring villages were studying in the Shikshalaya.
The COVID-19 pandemic has caused some amount of disruption in the school routine. The pandemic-related school closure has however not stopped the teachers from ensuring the continuum of education. The school has been partially reopened by restricting the number of students on a rotational basis. Efforts have also been made to bridge the digital divide by addressing the need of every student on a personal basis.