Treasures of Innocence (ToI) is a registered society, operational since 2013 to enable the socially-economically marginalized to become self-reliant. Our geographical spread includes Kolkata and the district of East Midnapore of West Bengal. Our flagship intervention is to provide both pedagogic and extracurricular support for children to enable them to become thinking individuals. This is done through a number of structured programs which increases both learning outcomes and the thinking process by which a child relates to her immediate environment and beyond. In addition, to ensure that the child lives in an economically secure household, ToI has started the livelihood program through household-based enterprises. This is to enable the poor households to provide economically stable environs for the children. In response to the request from the targeted community health program has been started recently.
Our Vision and Mission are as follows:
Students in our classrooms will be getting into professional, economic and social milieu which none of us can even visualize today. It is being increasingly realized that learning specific skills or tools is not enough to be future ready. Learning how to be more creative (and thus adaptable) is what will prepare students for life beyond the classroom. Creativity is valued as the most important business skill in the modern world and remains as one of the most commonly used terms on LinkedIn. Creativity is no longer seen as just being for artists and musicians, it’s a crucial skill for everybody to master. Classroom teachers have a constant struggle between teaching content and incorporating creativity into daily instructions. Often state standards limit the teacher’s ability to develop lessons that include the creation in the classroom and teachers may resort to a more teacher-centered environment. It is therefore critical that external resources in terms of technical expertise be brought into the classroom so as to mainstream the creative learning processes.
Most of our schools often struggle to have the basics such as a compound wall, a playground, adequately resourced classrooms, and even drinking water and functioning toilets. The system which is struggling with the basics does not offer much onus for creative learning methodologies in the classroom. The curriculum, teacher orientation and learning outcomes is geared to get children familiar with the basic reading, writing and arithmetic skills mostly through the rote method. With the recent ASER study(2014) report showing some alarming data like 48.1% children of Class 5 could read a class 2 text in 2014 , our teaching methodology employed across classrooms in India is failing us.
The Treasures of Innocence brings tailor-made academic accelerator programs which as its philosophy use creative learning methodology. The interventions are mainly for primary and secondary level schools where mostly children from less advantaged families study.
The ToI interventions aims to develop students who are reflective thinkers they understand their own strengths and limitations, identify goals and devise strategies for personal growth· willing to accept new challenges and new roles· aware of themselves as members of communities with responsibilities towards each other and the environment· active participants in sustained, collaborative projects · balanced they enjoy and find significance in a range of activities involving intellectual, physical, creative and emotional experiences.
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