Came to know about this school through a common friend. The Little Angels school, situated on the Undri road (Pune) is for the differently-abled children.
I fixed an appointment and visited the school to have a look at their daily routine. When I reached the school, they were having their regular outdoor activities. I found this boy, happy and content being in the swing all the time.
One teacher told me that it was a big leap for many considering the fact that at one point of time they could hardly do any activity independently and now they can balance and pedal a cycle on their own.
Each one was an “expert” at something or another. This boy had mastered the trampoline and tried to go higher and higher with each jump
Jumping over small hurdles, co-ordination of mind and body.
Throwing the coloured balls across the net was a fun event for many
I was surprised at the ease with which they balanced and skated around.
Some of them looked forward to the daily practice of Yoga
I was admiring the patience and resilience of the teaching staff as each student is in a different mood and need a lot of coaxing to get into some activity.
The outdoor activities are held in the first session so that their pent up energy is released and they are calm in the classroom during the second session.
The class rooms may look small but that helps in giving individual attention to each one as the absorbing capacity of each student is different.
They have a class for vocational training in which the students are encouraged to make handmade articles
The first school was started by Mr Jehangir Afshari in Mumbai about 13 years ago. The aim of the school is to give the children an opportunity to live independently away from their families. The second one (a pre-primary school) was opened in Bandra, and a training school was opened in Lonavala.
Items made by the students
At present the students in the Mumbai school are capable of taking the Govt. examinations i.e. National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) – X & XI and is also planning to do the same in Pune.
There was a cultural program in which stalls were put up by the school and it was good to see the students and the staff, turn out in their Sunday best. You can see more pictures in the video.