The Balwadi project, an education and nutrition program by Mumbai Smiles that commenced its new session on 3rd June, 2013, as we had informed you in an earlier blog post, is in full swing now. With many new students coming in this year, our teachers have their hands full. These teachers and their assistants undergo training in terms of teaching at the Balwadis as well as keeping track of and maintaining the nutrition of the enrolled kids.
These training sessions last for 10 days, apart from which there are 4 day sessions for the assistants and 5 day sessions for the health training. This provides guidance regarding teaching methods, how to keep the children engaged with games and songs, dealing with parents and making them aware of their child’s needs as well. These sessions specialize in familiarizing them with a child’s psychology, which helps them enhance their own knowledge and teaching skills.
The Balwadi project, while benefitting the kids who attend, also enrich the lives of the teachers, who take delight in bonding with the kids and aid them to lead better lives in the future with the opportunity of education.