Monday, October 24, 2016

Open Day in Pune school

Had the privilege to be in Little Angels school in Pune during the open day 


It was nice to see the parents trickling in one by one, meeting the staff, and being handed over their kid’s progress report for the semester. 




I had a glance at some of the answer sheets while a parent was going through it. 



A good and simple way of testing children having ADD and ADHD



I found Mr Jehangir, (the founder of Little Angels) greeting every parent and chatting with them. 




At the venue, there was an exhibition cum sale of the items made by these children (organized by “Kalanidhi”)




Most of the items were pertaining to Diwali, as the festive season was round the corner.




Some of the kids were keenly inspecting the exhibited items


while others preferred to try out their regular activity in school, or pose for me.



While the parents were busy, I engaged Mr Jehangir in a conversation, asking him how he came up with the idea of opening a school like this. He said that he was a flight purser in Gulf air and was also helping his father in running their eatery in Colaba.
Once he happened to visit an exhibition run by Dilkush, a school for mentally challenged children. Very soon he found himself getting enrolled for a training program for teaching special kids. A male special educator was unheard of in those days. It was a tough battle for him at every step.
After completing the course he approached the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation. Maybe his grit and determination helped him in procuring some land from BMC at Bandra and that is how the first school of Little Angels came up in 2004.
He said his biggest challenge was to convince the parents that these children need to go to a special school where they are given vocational training.


Most of the parents are just worried about their children getting “proper education”  



According to Jehangir “These are children who have normal and sometimes very high IQ, but who have to be taught differently. They can read, write and some can do very complex mathematics” I was suddenly reminded of Dustin Hoffman’s role in the 1988 movie “Rainman”.  
picture source : internet


Coming back to the exhibition, one of the items on display was this oil free pickle and I picked it up immediately as I recollected reading about consuming oil free food for good health. The bottle could not have come at a better time


24 comments:

Barbara Fisher said...

Such a wonderful school and the kids look happy and engaged.

DUTA said...

The founder of the school is the real angeL of these kids with ADHD. The place looks nice and the exhibits denote a lot of talent on the part of the children.

Cheri Savory Spoon said...

What a wonderful man the founder is. I bet the parents are very comfortable and happy about this school now. Great post.

Liz A. said...

You have open houses, too? Of course, ours are in the spring while school is in session. Why does the school start up in November?

Christine said...

Interesting post and happy Diwali!

Haddock said...

Liz A - The school closes for a short period for Diwali. That date is for the reopening of the school after the Diwali holidays.

Rinto Inasu said...

Nice experience hatts of to Jahangir

MJ said...

Awesome!! What a beautiful initiative!! Praise God for Mr.Jehangir

padmaja said...

Inspirational post.we need more Jehangirs in India.

Anonymous said...

Great blog. Wonderful work by Mr Jehangir, may there be many more like him. - Theresa Mathews

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Lisa said...

This is so wonderful. I admire those who take time to help special children. Great post.
Ive never heard of oil free pickles. I didnt know pickles even had oil in them. I eat them a lot.
Lisa

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Lowcarb team member said...

Such a wonderful post and it was good to see the many pictures.
A most wonderful school.

All the best Jan

Red Rose Alley said...

The items made by the children are delightful. Love that flower candle. This sounds like a nice school helping all the precious children. I remember the movie 'Rainman." It's such a classic one. The picture of the boy on the trampoline brought back memories for me, as we used to have a trampoline when my kids were growing up.

~Sheri

Lisa Isabella Russo said...

What a wonderful post. It looks like a beautiful school run with care.

Julia Thorley said...

These pictures are so full of colour and life. This school must be an amazing place.

piccolina said...

It's a great opportunity to be dealing with special children. You are blessed.

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LCKK said...

Fun! Wonderful! Good job, as always!

Insignia said...

Awesome job by the founder Mr. Jehangir. And it was really nice of you to take time and meet up and share this wonderful experience with us all

Bethany Carson said...

Good to see so many parents interested in their children's education. I like some of the ladies' dresses--they have beautiful designs.

LeeLee said...

Aw, great work.

Maniparna Sengupta Majumder said...

Not many schools are there for the ADHD children. They often find it difficult to cope with the children of the regular school so, parents keep on worrying about them. It's a wonderful initiative by Mr Jehangir. The exhibited articles are testimonies to their ability and intelligence.

Glad to know about the Little Angels School :-)

Bikramjit Singh Mann said...

seems to be a good school and everyone working is good tooo ..

my best wishes to everyone involved

Bikram's