Balò directly manages and runs a school called “Balo School”
The school is made up of 2 kindergarten classes, 5 classes that make up primary school and 5 secondary school classes. In India the compulsory school ranges from class 1 to class 10. Teachers carefully prepare classes every day from Monday to Friday from 9 am to 3 pm.
On Saturdays extracurricular activities such as sports and spoken English are organised. Each day, children have their meals which are prepared from the in-house kitchen. There are now 200 children and teenagers who attend Balo school and each year the numbers are increasing.
Balo is focused not only on school education but also on life skills for the pupils. Teaching slum children to speak English – this is the little challenge that Balo has set for itself.
Knowing English in India is the only way to improve one’s living conditions, not to do back-breaking and badly paid jobs, not to face hunger every day. This is why Balò has opted for this educational strategy for the children. This challenge is important not only because in most cases these children are first generation learners in their families where the parents are completely illiterate but also because the parents speak with their children in local dialects. For this reason, parents are constantly reminded of the importance of their children’s education and are encouraged to send them to school every day.
Children with learning difficulties are mentored after school by a teacher who provides them the support they need in every subject.