Deconstructing Gender in Classroom.

Men’s Ways of Being is a book by [Cherly White, Chirstopher Mclean, Maggie Carey] that seeks to understand the dominant culture that surrounding masculinity. It deconstructs the masculine culture in a powerful way and it provides alternative narratives of how this culture can be changed. Men and women are both victims of the power structure…

Dear Apni Shala…

As I congratulate this generation of fellows from 2018-19, I am taken back to a poem that Kushal Pahuja, a fellow from 2016-17, had written about his journey: आओ मिलकर बैठे नीचे, ना कोई आगे, ना कोई पीछे| साथी चल बनायें गोल, मैं कुछ बोलूँ, तू कुछ बोल| जो मैं बोलूँ सुने तू, मैं भी…

The Fellowship project

Fellowship Project 2018-19 This year, the 3rd Batch of Apni Shala Fellows had an opportunity to apply all the learning and experiences that they witnessed in their journey through action/research project. This project was in one of the two categories: Mental Health awareness Initiative involved engaging a group of people (online or offline) and implementing…

इतनी सी बात……

सफ़र की वो शुरुआत सी थी, बातें बहुत सी ज़हन में थी, ये भी करना है वो भी करना हैं, Time पर सब कुछ करना है. बड़ी आसानी से सूखे शब्दों में, कह देते हैं की हम उन्हें सिखाते है, पर कुछ ही दिनों में आईना  मेरे सामने था, वो मेरे क्लास के मेरे हमसफ़र,…

Little big minds of my classroom”.

I work with the youngest minds of our society. They are exposed to do things far beyond their curriculum. That’s why I prefer calling them “little big minds of my classroom”. My classroom, as I happily call it,  is an extremely enabling space. It’s a class which is abuzz with acceptance and disagreements, thereby providing…

What do the children want to say? Let’s listen to them…….

My Journey starts…. One weekly session of one hour per group for 12 groups across 4 school, – develops into interactions with about 200 children every week.  Children – boys and girls, who are very spontaneous, energetic, without any masks on their faces and coming from diverse and vibrant communities. In our sessions we sit…

मेरे बच्चे और मैं

(One phase of my life was ending and another was beginning The transition from being a student to a facilitator was making me happy as well as scared. Scared because I constantly thought, whether would I be able to do complete justice to this responsibility?) On my first day,I travelled for almost 2 hours to…

The Unbecoming

One day, when the burning ball rose Birds chirped their sanguine hymn The roads gazed their tarry pose Cars danced on their rubber rings A day just like any other I stumbled upon a sack Replete with a mirror and feathers Feathers tickled the mirror and it cracked It was no ordinary glass A portal…

”A Delightful Adventure”

It is rightly said that “All the best things happen unexpectedly!”, and joining Apni Shala Foundation (ASF) was such serendipitous experience for me. Right from my day 1 to this moment (which is nearly 3 months), my journey as a Program Fellow has been enrapturing!!! The best thing I feel about working here is “Work…

Friyaay Adventure!

Bimba Chavan writes about her adventurous Fridays at the Khoj Community School- an initiative by Apni Shala