Mentoring programs at Kriti were part of Project Disha since its inception. We believe that the mentoring program has a high impact in keeping the children in school and helps them aim higher thus motivating them to study
The mentoring program is held for different groups of children and their mothers. The groups are:
The group meets on Saturday evenings for about 2 hours. All children are taken for an educational and fun excursion each year.
These sessions are held for all mothers of the children in our program. Modules on various topics were developed such that mentor volunteers have a framework to impart the information more consistently. These modules are comprehensive with research material, notes for the speakers, activities for the women, videos etc. Session Topics included:
Project Disha mainly gives scholarships up to grade 10 which is considered a “basic education” level. Many employers consider candidates who are educated at least to this level. Once they complete grade 10, the children begin thinking about their careers and future study options. As the education they received so far was mainly academic, this mentoring program was adapted to teach them life skills and soft skills.
Children is these age groups are taught age level topics that engage them and improve their knowledge. There is a strong focus on STEM Education along with information about the world around them
Children are exposed to hand on experiments showing principles of science, astronomy and math. Relevant videos on these topics, simple household materials that would explain the concepts were used by volunteers.
The World around us
Children learn about the world and became aware of their surroundings. Information about different countries and their people, national and international events, stories of inspiring people etc are shared.
The physical mode of mentoring was stopped after Covid. The scholarship program continued as usual but due to schools moving to online mode, we could not meet the students.
We saw many children stopping school and unable to follow online method of education. It became very difficult to motivate the children to continue their education. The impact was felt a lot more on children in grade 10. They were in their final year of school and this is an important step to finish their basic education.
The team at Kriti came up with an innovative solution to conduct mentoring also online. Some of the highlights of the program are below:
We have successfully completed the mentoring sessions for 2020-21 using this format. Volunteer testimonials are located here.
Grade 9 and 10 Children taking part in a workshop on the 50th anniversary of Moon Landing
Topics developed for grade 10
Excursion to Sanjeevayya Park
Zoom Mentoring Session for Grade 10 Students
Student attends the Online Mentoring session
Students participation in mentoring prog from Kriti