As part of CSR initiative, CIMGlobal sponsored a one-day workshop at the India International Center. During the workshop parents and school staff shared their ideas how to actively create a more inclusive environment for kids who get admitted to private schools but are coming from Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) and Disadvantaged Groups (DG).
The workshop gathered more than 60 participants from different backgrounds. Since most of them were fee-paying parents of private schools, the workshop provided an opportunity for this previously underrepresented group to voice their thoughts.
The first half of the workshop saw an interesting discussion led by Ms. Annie Koshy, (Principal, Tagore International School), Ms. Atishi (Senior Party Member, AAP) and Mr. Ashok Aggarwal (Lawyer and Social Activist). The three along with others debated on the need for this reservation and how it has the potential to improve outcomes for both underprivileged and privileged kids.
Some key takeaways included:
- Listing and sensitively monitoring the progress and needs of the EWS/DG children and addressing them accordingly – among themselves and/or with the school – as required.
- Keeping in touch with children and their parents on a regular basis to ensure they feel a part of the community.
- Helping them with outside school activities – transport, sports, homework, play areas access, extra-curricular activities, etc.
Most of the participants left with a new sense of hope and responsibility towards the EWS & DG kids that share classrooms with their kids.
The event was coordinated by Harveen Kapur and Nirupama Sekhri in collaboration with Indus Action, a non-profit organization working on policy implementation across India along with concerned parents and citizens