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Inclusive Campus Program

There is only one child in the world and that child's name is ALL children. —Carl Sandburg

Riverside School believes and promotes inclusive education systems that remove the barriers limiting the participation and achievement of all learners, respects diverse needs, abilities and characteristics that eliminate all forms of discrimination in the learning environment.

At the heart of The Riverside School is the acknowledgment of every child’s need and the experiences that allows all children to bloom into a life which is ripe with joy and good health. The need comes in different colors - physical, cognitive, social, emotional and spiritual; each of these constitute an indispensable part of the right to life. Since the beauty of life lies in its multifarious hues, conscious investment in every child makes it what it is - a mosaic, with every stroke rightly done to bring out the veiled potential.

To ensure that every member of the Riverside community feels a sense of belonging and value, there are various programs designed for the same.

Special Education Needs Programme

Today, major concern of education fraternity is to meet the specific cognitive, social, emotional and physical needs of children, who due to lack of expertise or intent are either pushed to the periphery or sometimes even out of the mainstream system.

Vision

To become an embodiment of culture and practise that fosters understanding and tolerance and prepares students of all abilities to function in the world beyond school. To create a league of practioners who emerge as Special Educators, both in mind and spirit.

Mision

To collaborate with institutions, professionals in the field of Special Education to spread awareness and provide an enriching environment for all its beneficiaries.

Road Map

A formal policy to establish protocols for admission of children with specific need is established and includes the following

Functional assessment followed by a comprehensive management plan by the assessment team.
Development of an Individualized Education Plan for each child with specific well-articulated goals by the Special Educators along with parents.

Orientation of typically developing children in the grade and all adults interacting with the child to ensure effective inclusion. Empowerment and Training workshops and orientation for teachers to help cater to needs of different learners without discrimination. Quarterly need based parent interaction at school.

Well Being Program

Wellbeing is a critical part of how young people learn and grow. Research shows that children’s wellbeing affects their ability to engage with their education. It is also a lifelong outcome of learning – those that engage more with education are more likely to experience greater wellbeing as adults.

Being inspired by the SEE Curriculum (Social Emotional and Ethical- by his holiness Dalai Lama) which is organized into three dimensions: (1) Awareness, (2) Compassion, and (3) Engagement, each of which can be taught across three domains: (1) Personal, (2) Social, and (3) Systems—all of which take place within an educational context that is based on Humane values and with teachers who strive to embody these underlying principles.

Awareness

Students will gain greater first-person attentiveness and awareness:

  1. of their own thoughts and feelings;
  2. of others and their mental life; and
  3. of the interdependence as it relates to their own life and to broader systems within which they live.

This is developed with a focus on :

  • One’s body
  • One's emotions
  • One’s thoughts and processes

Children are made aware about their body, the different emotions that exist and how to manage them, the mental and physical safety, their gender identity, their roles, the social status, sexuality, and sexual orientation. They are taught to break stereotypes about themselves and the community they live in.

Compassion

Students will cultivate the skills of emotional well being and self care along with empathy and compassion for others. They develop an understanding that ‘every today’ is an opportunity to add surplus to each other and the community .

This is nurtured through the Think Through, Citizenship and Persistence, and Surplus programs.

Engagement

Students will develop self regulation and self monitoring skills which will help them discern behaviour that is beneficial to self and others. It will help them to be better decision makers and look beyond just their own individual interest.

The idea of regulation of their own body, emotions and people will be built through the following methods :

  • Experiences, simulations
  • Theatre of the oppressed
  • Stories
  • Individual sessions
  • Role play
  • Reading
  • Discussions / congloms
  • Citizenship
  • Coffee with experts

Social Inclusion

Schools are facing challenges in making the RTE process inclusive and equitable for students from different social & economic backgrounds. The law does not address the need to make student, teacher, parent & community relationships more complete and effective. There is a disparity in the RTE rules and in the way it’s implemented across states. Parents of students under RTE are often unable to help them with day-to-day studies due to illiteracy or lack of English language skills.

All learners have the 'Right to be Educated'.
Some deserve that right, some preserve that right!

The effort of inclusion becomes empowered manifold, when every teacher, student and parent celebrates the diversity in the classroom and contributes in meaningful ways to make a difference. Acceptance of a child under RTE and immersion in the regular schooling system is just the first step of inclusion. Equally important are the various support initiatives that the school extends to the RTE child and parent, with a vision of inspiring and enriching them holistically.

The Riverside School has embraced the spirit of the Right to Education Act and opened its heart, mind and campus to children who come from economically disadvantaged families starting from the academic year 2011-2012.

These children are supported by parents who have adopted this cause and root for their success. They will have a future that they would possibly not have had otherwise – and this will be due to the emotional, spiritual and financial support that they receive at the school.

Children Support Program:

To address the challenges and bridge the gaps that the children might face due to the differences between the home and school environment, useful support initiatives are in place, such as :

Home Visits :This is done to know the child. First home visit is done remove assumptions and to understand the home environment of the child. Second home visit is done to see if the family and the child is comfortable with the school. (Twice a year )

One-on-one Sessions :This is to address the cognitive, social and emotional needs of the child. This is done by one on one interaction between the teacher and the students. (Every fortnight)

Parent Updates: This is done to keep the parent connected with what is happening in the class and school.  (Every fortnight)

Teach to Reach Summer Program : To bridge the gap and reinforce learning, sessions are conducted during summer break. (Once a year)

World is my school (Volunteer Based - Fortnightly once) is a shared social experience that provides opportunity for the students to experience and explore their surroundings which enables them to deepen their learning!

  • Home Visit

  • One on One sessions

  • Parent Update Every Fortnight

  • Teach to Reach

  • World is my school

Parents Support Program:

An adult literacy program helps parents in self-development and empowers them to ably guide and partner with their children in the educational journey. It includes:

Language Sessions: In order to enable the parent to support her child in education, Riverside offers tutorship in English so that they are able to develop the skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. (twice a week for an hour).

Computer Sessions: To learn and develop computer literacy, interested parents are given hands-on sessions for computer literacy.  
(Once a week for an hour)

Well being Sessions: To raise the awareness, self esteem and confidence, various workshops are regularly conducted on:
Health and hygiene
Parenting
Stress Management
Yoga

Entrepreneurial Training :The purpose of this program is to build the entrepreneurial acumen of parents by undertaking focused training sessions under experts to learn Project Evaluation, Budgeting, Financial Monitoring, Resource Identification and communication skills. By honing these entrepreneurial skills, the mothers get equipped and confident to undertake various economic activities like catering, garments and personal grooming services etc.

  • Language Sessions

  • Computer Sessions

  • Wellbeing sessions- Yoga

  • Entrepeneurship Program Amrin's Kitchen

Community Support Program:

Riverside has designed a RTE Program which is ‘inclusive’, NOT ‘after school’ or ‘remedial’. We believed that this step towards inclusiveness adds to the school’s diversity and increases the holistic learning for ALL. To do this following strategies are done:

Orientation: Riverside Parents are made aware of the RTE act and the ‘Why’ and ‘How’ of its implementation at Riverside is discussed. (Once a year)

Team Meetings: Regular teacher meetings are done for raising awareness and staying updated about the act. The growth and progress of the child are discussed and planning is done. (Once a month)

Visit To Schools : The teacher team at Riverside visits various schools to understand their best practice and challenges as they implement RTE at their school. (Twice in a year).

HUM: is an initiative run by the students studying in Grade-10 of the Riverside school. This reflects the ideology of "Main se HUM", which refers to the goal that is including and empowering everyone to truly earn the Right to Education. (Once a week)

Volunteers: The entire Riverside community (teachers, students and parents) is a part of the program. They volunteer their time and support a child’s education. (Every week)

  • Orientation

  • Team Meetings

  • Visit to Vidya Valley School, Pune

  • HUM Team Meetings

  • Parent Volunteer for Koshish Program

  • Expert Intervention

Call To Action:

Sponsor a Child     Volunteering

VIDEOS


  • Teach to Reach Summer School

  • Right To Education Act

  • Right To Education At Riverside

  • 3 In One All Stakeholders

  • World Is My School

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