Tong-Len has decided to run a pilot project in the hostel by opening a primary school within the hostel premises. At least initially the school will only involve children in kindergarten, 1st and 2nd classes. The curriculum will embrace an holistic model of child development that will include along with academic study a range of activities that will promote the social, emotional, ethical and physical development of the children. Teachers have been recruited and have been involved in a programme of staff development prior to the launch of the school.
Classes commenced on the 21st August with 71 children, with 32 in kindergarten, 20 in 1st class and 18 in 2nd class. Of the 71 children 50 are resident in the hostel and the remaining 21 travel to the school from their homes in the slum communities.,
We have tried to make the rooms child friendly and attractive. Each classroom is equipped with a Smart Television and the children have shared access to laptops to facilitate their learning.
The pilot programme will be under the overall direction of Navita, hostel manager who will act as the head academic coordinator.