Our Work

One goal. Multiple approaches.

Our Work

We support the integration of school drop outs into mainstream public schooling through two main programs:

Gubbachi Connect – that bridges learning gaps of 6-9 year old ‘out of school’ children to grade appropriate levels and helps mainstream them into the Host School.

Gubbachi Transform – that supports and strengthens the Nali Kali program in the primary years of 1-2-3 in the Host School and ensures that children continue to learn long after they are mainstreamed.


Designed to accommodate the dynamic life of a migrant child, a typical classroom at a Gubbachi Connect Learning Centre is diverse– which means, children vary in age, mother tongue and schooling history. Being migrant and still socially connected to their roots, families visit their villages during festivals. Our child centric curriculum is dynamic and designed to respond to this complexity. The child starts at where she is and moves along a learning pathway, at a pace she is comfortable with.

Maths, Kannada and English are taught using individually paced plans, in small learning groups, aided by tactile, hands on and contextually relevant material.

Our teachers speak multiple languages and are able to sensitively bridge a non native speaker’s learning into Kannada.

We are happy to share our curriculum with anyone planning to work in similar contexts and are looking for a starting point. Contact us and we will guide you.

Gubbachi Connect has two supporting programs:

Gubbachi Buds

An Early Childhood program that engages with the younger siblings of older children learning in Gubbachi Connect.

We know that sibling care is a strong reason that keeps an older child from attending school. Gubbachi Buds not only keeps the younger child safe and well looked after, but also provides crucial pre-school foundation, making her a confident learner in future.

Gubbachi ProActive

A program focussed on the pre teenager or teenager (9+ years old) , typically also a silent role model to the rest of the children in the community.

The pre teen and teenager is highly vulnerable to dropping out. UNICEF figures show that globally, adolescents are twice as likely to be out of school as their younger counterpart.

Pressures from the family to start earning begin to mount, the young adult loses interest in formal education and may get into a spiral of negative behaviour. Girls are isolated and groomed for an early marriage.

ProActive aims to carry the teenager to a Class 10 certification through an Open Schooling system in addition to enrichment activities that help shape an all-round personality and encourage critical thinking skills. An Open Schooling accounts for lost time and provides fast tracking possibilities, where required.


We believe that the Public Education System is still the most accessible form of schooling for a marginalised family in India. Working with the Host Government school is then integral to our larger goal of making formal schooling work for this child.

Our team of teachers trained in the Nali Kali methodology hold and nurture Classes 1-2-3 in the Host School. This ensures that the foundations built in the Gubbachi Connect program continue to be reinforced after mainstreaming.

We build collaborative relationships with the Head Master and teachers of the Host School, co participate in cultural events, facilitate enrichment resources for all children and ensure a positive child friendly climate in general.


An overarching program that works with the communities of children who learn in all our programs. While education is a point of entry into a community for us – it is not limited to it. We look at Community Development as our larger mission of enabling human dignity to underserved lives.

Migrants are a huge part of the informal urban workforce. Studies estimate that close to a 100 million circular migrants (1 out of 10 Indians) contribute to the functioning of our cities. (Unlocking the Urban – An Aajeevika Bureau Report April 2020/ Deshingkar and Akter, 2009).

The recent COVID crisis showed us just how fragile their existence in the city is. Migrant communities are blind spots in urban policy planning - not considered a legitimate part of its socio economic space. Apart from the total lack of basic provisioning of housing, health, water and sanitation that this results in – they hold no identity or political voice in the city, making them open to exploitative work arrangements.

Gubbachi Enable works with such vulnerable communities to shore up their capacities to live a dignified life in the city. Enabling access to Aadhar and Labour cards, opening bank accounts, conducting health checkup camps, creating awareness on social issues like women’s empowerment, alcoholism, parenting are some of the activities that we implement under this program.

Equally critical is our Community Field team’s day to day work – connecting with the child’s family, building its trust and confidence - gradually making it an equal partner in the education process.

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