Beyond Single Stories

Shruti Napeer Often, when I talk about being with children and facilitating, I slip into my childhood days. I grew up wanting to be a ” Teacher”. I had a very clear definition of teacher till high school and the words that I would often attach to this profession were power, caregiver, role-model, source of…

Making a Case for Inclusive Education

One of the colorful threads woven together to form the vibrant tapestry of Apni Shala’s curriculum is a ‘diversity and inclusion’ framework called Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity. SEED started in 1987 by scholars at Wellesley College, Massachusetts, USA, operates by “creating conversational communities that drive change” and at Apni Shala, we do this through…

Witness a room full of stories

Creating safe spaces and social emotional skills via a whole school approach in public schools of Mumbai Remember the days – eagerness to enter a new school grade, nervousness with algebra, belongingness towards school friends. School experiences, when carefully unpacked, are rendered significant experiences that shape our lives. Every student has lived experiences in the…

A day in the life of a KHOJ teacher-Expectation vs Reality

If somebody tells you that they work as a teacher,just already know that they (most likely) have a very eventful day and a life(hah). Working as a Khoj teacher has taught me to predict the unpredictable everyday..Every morning begins with new stories,new thoughts,new challenges,new things to laugh at and new things to learn about.Here is…

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…