How we started
The very beginning
In October 2015, six of us got together to start our first bridge Learning Centre at the Kodathi Higher Primary Government School, off Sarjapur Road in Bangalore.
Guided by the motto of inclusive education, of our alma mater , the Azim Premji University (APU) we hit the ground with a mix of understanding of Education, experience and a deep commitment to the cause.
We signed an MOU with the Karnataka Education Department, admitting 25 'out of school' children and their younger siblings from neighbouring construction sites. The seed funding for this was provided by members of the founding team and individual donors.
We have touched more than 100 children since inception – most from families of daily wage construction workers from districts of Gulbarga and Raichur in North Karnataka and some from Bihar and Assam. We have mainstreamed around 20 children, into the Host School,every academic year since.
And the mission continues...
We started our second centre at the Sulikunte Lower Primary Government School, a year and a half later in August 2017, after our annual survey identified 50+ ‘out of school’ children in settlements around Doddakanalli. This deprived community of migrants from Andhra Pradesh, lived here for years without accessing any school. Parents, mostly contract sweepers and garbage loaders with the city’s Municipal body BBMP were involved in gruelling low skill jobs.
Children from this location come to our centre every day now, in a bus that we provide and engage meaningfully in learning how to read, write and learning to learn.
We mainstreamed 22 children to the Host Government school in the academic year of June 2018.