Our larger vision for the centre is that it will be a centre of excellence in rural education. A model that proves that it is possible to provide the highest quality of education even given the challenges rural areas pose.
Milaan’s learning centre in Kaintain was our first project and remains, to date, our flagship program. From the initial straw hut, to the first two rooms until now when it has 17 classrooms, the centre has mirrored the growth of the organization itself. It has been our greatest source of learning because that is where we went on ground to try out new ideas, to see what worked and what didn’t. What started with 10 students and one teacher, is today a campus catering to needs of 500+ students bursting with the kind of energy that motivates us to keep on going and drives us to find ways to create more such joyful places.
The Swarachna school, is expected to be recognized by the UP Board by the next academic session which is 2015-16. The vision is for the school to eventually grow to cater to the needs of 2000 students. It will also be the place where we constantly innovate and pilot new creative learning tools.
The Swabhiman program, housed with the centre will also continue to grow until such time as there are no more dropout girls to be found in the region. Over the next year it will grow to about 100 girls, coming from 20-22 the centre. We expect the number at this centre to remain between 85 to 120 girls, annually, until we have achieved our aim, while the program itself grows geographically.
Besides these activities, another core focus of the facility will be to conduct trainings for all of Milaan’s other programs and for internal capacity building activities. This includes the orientation and training for Swabhiman facilitators from all Swabhiman centers. Internal teacher’s trainings for teachers at the learning . Eventually, the facility will also be used to provide trainings to staff from other organizations such as schools, institutes and NGOs.
It will also serve as a space to work with the youth, for conducting workshops and youth programs to build leadership and active citizenship among rural youth using the 5th space concepts and methods.
To conclude the Swarachna Learning and Resource centre will remain at the heart of our activities and programs, adppting to the needs of those that seek refuge in it.