Gammatwadis - Fun Preschools
The first Forbes Marshall supported ‘Gammatwadi’ was set at the Kasarwadi factory in 1999. The initiative filled an urgent need, as government-run pre-schools were rare at the time. Facilities in the area gradually developed and the preschool at Kasarwadi was phased out.
However, the need still persists in the Morwadi area, where our Pimpri office is located. We currently host a Gammatwadi at our Pimpri facility, in association with Swadhar, where children learn through the play-way method. It functions as a bilingual pre-school for underprivileged children, and serves as a foundation to introduce them to formal schooling. Children are also given a nutritional supplement each day.
School Library Project
The School Library Programme was instituted in local schools to encourage children studying in primary grades to read, and to increase their access to books. This programme trains young mothers and girls from the vicinity of the schools as ‘book fairies’, who visit the schools for an hour and a half each week to distribute age appropriate books and assist children in reading.
In partnership with the local government, Pimpri Chinchwad Municipal Corporation together with Door Step School and Swadhar, two not-for-profit organisations, we have been able to expand this programme to include municipal as well as private affordable schools.
This is an after-school assistance programme for children from the 5th to 10 th grades. We provide a conducive atmosphere at our community centres in Kasarwadi and MIDC Pimpri for study. Development of good values and habits such as punctuality, respect, responsibility and personal hygiene is also an integral part of this programme. Study halls are gaining in popularity and student participation has been steadily increasing over the years.
With minimal access to affordable secondary education, students have virtually no chance at building careers. iTeach Schools aim to address this problem by establishing a chain of English medium schools for Grades VIII to X. They provide free, high quality and foundational secondary education, in partnership with the government to the poorest of students.
Forbes Marshall is part of a Public Private Partnership with iTeach Movement since 2015. We currently support their Student Alumni Wing, which was formed with the objective of handholding students through college.
Forbes Marshall has partnered with Lend-A-Hand Foundation to introduce Swadheen, an employability initiative, at three higher secondary schools in Chakan.
Through this programme, youth not only have access to introduction level multi-skill vocational training but also to career guidance, and employment and entrepreneurial opportunities. Skills covered include welding, electrical wiring, plumbing, carpentry, gardening and landscaping, health and hygiene, agriculture and food processing. Our goal is to help the youth realise their full potential and help meet their aspirations for a better life.
Forbes Vyncke Girls’ Scholarship Programme
The Forbes Vyncke Girls’ Scholarship Programme was launched in September 2017 to support education for girls. Under this programme, we support girls studying from grade 8 to 12 in five rural schools. The beneficiaries are referred by the school teachers, principals and para professional health workers. Of these, a majority are tribal girls belonging to the Thakar and Katkari tribes. Apart from financial support for education, we conduct sessions on health, personality development and related subjects at our Chakan factory.
TARANG: Life skill Education programmes for youth
One of our most impactful youth-focused programmes has been TARANG (Training Adolescents on Reproductive Health and Gender). Running successfully for many years, it aims to build awareness on issues which are essential to the development of a well-rounded, young adult. Sessions are conducted by trainers below the age of thirty and are attended by school-going adolescents as well as school drop-outs. Topics cover issues such as gender sensitivity and equality, physical and emotional changes, responsible and healthy sexual behaviour, sexually transmitted diseases and their prevention.
Centre for Youth Development and Activities is our partner organisation in this initiative.
We initiated this programme at Kasarwadi in 2006, and in August 2018 launched it at Chakan.