Education Programme

Projects constituting our education programme are designed to meet all academic, co curricular and overall development of children, right from 3-18 years. The curriculum is in line with the syllabus of leading English medium mainstreams schools of the city.

Our education programme began with a very small number of children enrolled in the School-support and Non-Formal projects. Currently the education programme consists of the Montessori Project, Primary Project, Non-Formal Project, School support Project (including mainstream schools) and ECA (Extra Curricular Activities) Project.

In the current FY (2019-20) over 800 children are enrolled in the various projects of the education programme.

Education programme enrolment graph

Programme Details

Providing holistic education to enable community transformation.

Montessori

There are 200 children in this project wherein children are admitted at the age of 3+ years in nursery and continue till upper kindergarten. Classes are run by full trained Montessori teachers with the help of assistant teachers. The teacher to student ratio is maintained at 1:20. Each group also have a dedicated caregiver. The aim of this project is to ensure that our children are equipped with a strong foundation which can help them cope well in formal mainstream schools.

The Montessori project is divided into 3 sections based on the age of the students –

  • 3+ years or Level 1
  • 4+ years or Level 2
  • 5+ years or Level 3

These sections are further divided into smaller groups who move from one learning station to the other. Classes have been designed in a manner so that each child has access to stations on Literacy, Social Development, Physical Development and Numerical ability to name a few.

At the end of each cycle, the students are assessed and sent for admissions to various schools – private and government schools.

Primary School Project

340 children constitute our primary section project, which is further divided into classes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Each class is then divided into sections, containing a maximum of 25 children. Currently 60 children are part of our middle school section, in Class 5. They have access to high quality English medium education right upto Class 8.

Subjects such as Health and Hygiene, Digital Literacy and a host of Extra Curricular Activities are also a part of the regular routine.

In the years to come, the Primary Section will move to Middle school and house classes till Class 8.

Primary School Project

340 children constitute our primary section project, which is further divided into classes 1, 2, 3 and 4. Each class is then divided into sections, containing a maximum of 25 children. Currently 60 children are part of our middle school section, in Class 5. They have access to high quality English medium education right upto Class 8.

Subjects such as Health and Hygiene, Digital Literacy and a host of Extra Curricular Activities are also a part of the regular routine.

In the years to come, the Primary Section will move to Middle school and house classes till Class 8.

School Support Project

Over 170 students are part of this project, who are enrolled in various schools. Starting from their school expenses, to transport, uniform and books, all costs are borne by Ek Tara. These children come to the centre every afternoon for remedial and extra-curricular classes. Students, who perform exceptionally well, are enrolled into some of the city’s leading mainstream schools.

Presently, students go to English medium schools such as Jyotirmai Vidya Mandir at Garcha Road, Indira Academy at Elliot Road, Simon Day School at Ekdalia, Simon Day Academy at Kasba, Jewish Girl’s School, The Park English School and Loreto School, Sealdah Modern Colligiate School at Dhangar Bazar. We are constantly trying to bring better schools under the school support programme and have successfully mainstreamed some of our brightest minds into leading schools of the city as mentioned above.

Non Formal Project

This project consists of school drop outs who are enrolled in a year-long bridge course, at the end of which they are encouraged to re-admit themselves into schools. Students here have access to technology aided classes as it has been proven that lessons taught through audio-visual medium tend to be grasped better. Some of these girls are also placed under the national open schooling system.

For those who do not have the bent of mind for regular academics, this bridge course is continued until they are old enough to be put into the Vocational Training Unit.

Over the years, the number of students in this group has decreased owing to successful transfers into regular schools or vocational training.

Non Formal Project

This project consists of school drop outs who are enrolled in a year-long bridge course, at the end of which they are encouraged to re-admit themselves into schools. Students here have access to technology aided classes as it has been proven that lessons taught through audio-visual medium tend to be grasped better. Some of these girls are also placed under the national open schooling system.

For those who do not have the bent of mind for regular academics, this bridge course is continued until they are old enough to be put into the Vocational Training Unit.

Over the years, the number of students in this group has decreased owing to successful transfers into regular schools or vocational training.

Digital Literacy

All students of Ek Tara have access to digital classes to support their academic development. Currently there are 28 tablets, 34 laptops, 3 smart boards as a part of the project. The entire Montessori, Non- Formal, Primary and Middle school section at Ek Tara benefit immensely from this. There are regular training workshops for the teachers involved in this project.

Extra Curricular Activities

In addition to academic pursuits we offer a realm of activities
as part of our curricula for all students.

Dance

Traditional and Contemporary dance forms are taught to selected girls who can pursue this as a career path in the future

Music

Right from an early age, music classes are conducted for all children. Special training in vocal and instrumental music is imparted to selected children, who comprise of our Ek Tara Music Band.

Music

Right from an early age, music classes are conducted for all children. Special training in vocal and instrumental music is imparted to selected children, who comprise of our Ek Tara Music Band.

Art & Crafts

All beneficiaries are given art and craft classes to not just learn the technicalities but also as a form of expression.

Story Telling Sessions

Younger children are exposed to story-telling sessions with specialists.

Story Telling Sessions

Younger children are exposed to story-telling sessions with specialists.

Drama

Drama helps children develop an appreciation for the culture and arts. Our children put up a performance of ‘Ali Baba aur Chalis Chor’ for the 2016 Annual Day Function.

Change to Self Defense

A karate teacher comes to our centre so that our children can achieve great physical fitness and enhance their concentration power.

Change to Self Defense

A karate teacher comes to our centre so that our children can achieve great physical fitness and enhance their concentration power.

Library

Children from the Primary Section and School Support Group have library classes as a part of their routine.

Sports

Children from the Primary Section and School Support Group are enrolled in a number of sports activities such as gymnastics, football, rugby, tennis and swimming.

Sports

Children from the Primary Section and School Support Group are enrolled in a number of sports activities such as gymnastics, football, rugby, tennis and swimming.

Ek Tara

31/1 Topsia Road (South)
Kolkata 700046 | India
+91 81006 53335
info@ektara.org.in