Service initiatives at DAIS Supporting NGOs
The ‘DAIS Akanksha Centre’ symbolizes our School's institutional efforts to facilitate the education of children in slum areas. This center started functioning from the inception of the School and educates about 59 students currently. Our premises serve as a school for children of nearby slum areas in the afternoon.
Apart from Akanskha's volunteer teachers, our IB students also teach these children English, Mathematics, Sciences and Languages; special coaching is also offered to Grade X students in specific subjects such as Science and Hindi.
Muktangan, an initiative of Paragon Charitable Trust and working in close partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai aims to create a model offering sustainable, community-based, low-cost, high-quality, inclusive, child–centred English medium education to the economically disadvantaged sections of society by training and employing community- members as teachers.
As a part of corporate social responsibility, in partnership with the Municipal Corporation, the organization also attempts to provide mid-day meals along with the schooling. DAIS has been working with Muktangan from 2005 and our IB students engage with Grade 2/ 3/4 students to teach them co-curricular skills through play, music, dance, activities on better communication, sports and craft. Along with this, they try to develop a personal rapport.
PRATHAM is the largest non-governmental community service organization working to provide education to the underprivileged children of India. PRATHAM was established in 1994 to provide education to the Mumbai slum children. DAIS associated with PRATHAM in 2005 with the aim of creating awareness about children’ needs and the kind of work that NGOs engage in.
Later this developed into regular visits to PRATHAM Dharavi centre with the idea of contributing to its Educational cause -- teaching English, Maths and Science, playing games, to help kids with their school works.
Advitya is an NGO that has been changing lives since August 2000. It is a vocational centre that provides constructive occupation through creative work to mentally challenged adults. The individuals at Advitya are those who are unable to continue in other special institutes due to their age or the need for special individual attention.
Since 2007 July, DAIS students have collaborated with ADVITYA and planned a varied range of activities to engage these differently abled individuals and gifted minds. These aim to explore their creative talents further and provide space for entertainment and joy as well. Some of the activities the first year IB students plan for them are short plays, music, dance and craft, interesting games, Antakshari and Dumb Charades, painting etc.
ASEEMA NGO’s mandate is to provide quality education for street children and underprivileged ones and to protect human rights. Since July 2011, DAIS has been associated with ASEEMA. The IB students have endeavoured to make the learning process for the ASEEMA children enjoyable with a number of fun filled activities.
Our students have incorporated music and storytelling lessons to enhance the learning of English, worksheets to solve mathematical problems, introduce creativity through canvass painting and sculpting beautiful ganesha idols etc.
2003 Magic Bus India Foundation is a not-for-profit Company registered in Mumbai under Sec 25 of Companies Act. They reach out to 250,000 plus children in Mumbai and steers them towards a better life with better awareness, better life skills, and better opportunities in their journey from childhood to livelihood.
DAIS students joined hands with Magic Bus in 2003 and in their sessions, the students provide street children with an opportunity to enjoy themselves in class and pick up life skills at the same time. This is done though games, singing and dancing while on a bus touring the city.