An Anganwadi (meaning ‘courtyard shelter’ in Hindi) is in many ways a day care centre for children below 6 years of age and were established around the country in 1975 as a part of the Government of India’s Integrated Child Development Scheme (ICDS). One of their main functions is to provide non-formal, pre-school education to children between the age of 3 to 5.
Volunteers will be expected to teach children in this age group through various interactive and creative activities that will help improve the cognitive skills of the children. The pedagogical approach to teaching should be in accordance with standards employed in kindergartens around the world. Anganwadis were also envisioned as a part of the Indian public healthcare system. Along with providing pre-school education, one of their main functions is to act as primary healthcare centres in villages and raise awareness of health and hygiene in their locality. Volunteers can also help these workers in providing health, hygiene and nutrition education to families. This will include teaching them about family planning, educating parents on child growth and development, among others.
The volunteers should bring in creative ideas to initiate new activities in the school. It is important for the children to be felt loved and cared for by you, as you will be surrounded by them every day. This type of project is perfect for you if you are someone who has many ideas in teaching different kinds of activities such as games, songs, arts and crafts or sports and athletics to! You will be teaching a variety of subjects depending on your personal interests and skills. Volunteers should have a good level of spoken English, and previous experience in teaching children will be useful.
The Info-sheet will have more information regarding the individual projects with schedules, and activities.
Note: Please note that due to school holidays, these projects will remain closed during the following months: March until May; in the month of October; and sometimes in December. During these months, FSL India organises Summer Projects (in March/April/May) and Winter camps (in October). These camps are offered to our LTVs in 'Teaching projects’ which remain closed due to school holidays.