Muktangan

Paragon Charitable Trust (PCT)

PCT a registered Public Charitable Trust.  In 2003, launched its Integrated Teacher & School Education model, ‘MUKTANGAN’ which is its sole activity. Muktangan runs 7 municipal schools in Mumbai offering English-medium, child-centered education to 3600+ children (KG to Grade-X) from underserved communities, and has trained 700+ community members as teachers, 653 are currently employed as Teachers & Leaders. Have gained recognition as a "Centre of Excellence" & has partnered with State Government, UNICEF, NGOs and academic institutions, locally & internationally. We are partnering with Singapore International Foundation for a 3-year project in Early Childhood Education. Guidestar India certified us with Platinum Seal (Champion Level), for transparency & public accountability. Trust is governed by 6-member Board & led by professional team.


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Provides quality, child-centered, inclusive English-medium schooling to underprivileged children in India by training and empowering teachers to be change agents.

Seeking support

Paragon Charitable Trust (PCT)

We are seeking USD1,022,000 for running a laboratory school for the next 3 years (2018/19/20).
Financial support

Amount

US$1,022,000

  • Education for 480 children from underserved communities
  • Centre for teachers' training

Non-financial support

Fundraising and/or Revenue Strategy As the laboratory school becomes a pedagogical center for other educational & research organisations, it would need to network, brand & market its services to fulfill its purpose & generate revenue. Impact Measurement Muktangan believes in strengthening the qualitative impact assessment of the research & pedagogical innovations which its laboratory schools are providing for outreach & advocacy. Strategy Consulting As Muktangan’s laboratory schools become centers for outreach & advocacy, Muktangan will require assistance for high quality, strategic positioning & selling to policy makers. Slide

Problem

  •  Muktangan addresses disconnects in mainstream education, namely between:
    • Teacher and school education
    • Schools & community
    • Child & curriculum and most fundamentally, between TEACHER & CHILD.
  • The educational system assumes that all students are learning at one ‘age appropriate’ level & are hence taught & assessed accordingly. This leads to boredom on the part of the high performers & the dropping out of those labelled as failures.
  • Teachers are expected to use an active pedagogy in the classroom whilst themselves being taught in teacher education largely through lectures. The processes of teacher and school education are not in congruence.
  • Teachers are too closely supervised & hence not given the autonomy to work as professionals. This, in turn, leads to low teacher motivation.
  • Interventions for change mainly focus on isolated components of a system & hence the improvements do not sustain as other components resist the changes.

Solution

Muktangan’s solution is a hub & spokes model, teacher education is the hub & the schools the spokes. Trainees actively construct their understanding of theory & undergo 2 days a week internship in the schools integrating theory with practice. They observe learning processes of individual children, share their observations in tutorials & produce case studies.

Learning Resource Group Departmental teachers specialise in helping children with special needs and differing learning abilities. Besides conducting workshops, they could also offer assessment and counselling to any parents and children needing it.

Muktangan’s curriculum also includes music with theatre, dance and art, in addition to the academics. Our choirs have performed in many public concerts in Mumbai. A 65-minute documentary film called “The Sound of Mumbai” was made on the story of one such performance in 2009. You may watch the 2-minute trailer here.

 

Ask

We are seeking USD1,022,000 for running a laboratory school for the next 3 years (2018/19/20) in order to provide:

  • Inclusive, child-friendly, English-medium education (KG – X) for 480 children from underserved communities
  • A centre for ongoing internship for teacher trainees pursuing Muktangan’s teacher education courses
  • The school’s 50 community faculty/teachers to assist the Muktangan Education Resource Centre (MERC) with pedagogical & leadership learnings, tried & tested, for purposes of outreach & advocacy
  • Muktangan-trained teachers as resources, skilled in our pedagogical processes, to assist MERC’s income-generating, consultancy initiatives
  • A platform for research scholars to undertake high quality, classroom-based research with direct applicability to teacher & school education development
  • A demonstration model for educationists & leaders of other organisations of the effectiveness of connecting all aspects of education in a whole systems approach


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Elizabeth Mehta Founder-Director Muktangan

Paragon Charitable Trust (PCT)

PCT a registered Public Charitable Trust.  In 2003, launched its Integrated Teacher & School Education model, ‘MUKTANGAN’ which is its sole activity. Muktangan runs 7 municipal schools in Mumbai offering English-medium, child-centered education to 3600+ children (KG to Grade-X) from underserved communities, and has trained 700+ community members as teachers,…

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Thavamalar Balakrishnan Manager, Volunteer Cooperations, Programme Division, Singapore International Foundation

Singapore International Foundation

SIF brings world communities together to do good, from sending volunteers into developing communities to share relevant skills, ideas and knowledge, to organising exchange programmes to build greater cultural understanding amongst diverse communities. We begin with the mission in mind; we harness the power of friendship fostered between Singaporeans and world…

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