Panchi is one of the educational initiativesundertaken by Gulmeher. Panchi was set up with an aim to improve school enrolment of out-of-school children aged 5 to 11 years, by providing age-appropriate bridge education. Panchi is a place for learning and freedom of expression, a place where paramount importance is placed on a child’s holistic development.
Another aim of the initiative is to improve school attendance by providing remedial education to children aged 5 to 14 years, who are already studying in the nearby government schools. Apart from academics, a lot of focus is given to extra-curricular activities that can help build an interest in learning.
Children Study English, Mathematics, Science and Hindi according to their school syllabus. They get special attention to improve their reading and writing skills, as well as given liberal use of multimedia tools and technology that facilitate better learning.
The program also has special projects, which so far have included a movie-making workshop, the Humayun’s tomb project (an introduction to the wonders of architecture) and a visit to the Railway Museum. Activities like Karate, Dance, Theatre and Crafts are also woven in the Panchi curriculum, giving children an opportunity to discover their hidden talents.
Lastly, and most importantly, the program has dedicated teachers like Heena, Asha and Shagufta who understand how difficult life is for most of these children, and so endeavour to not only teach them, but also be their confidants and guardians, helping them navigate their struggle.