Developing a Healthy Mind
DIKSHA is an NGO that runs a non-profit school in Palam Vihar, Gurugram, Haryana, India
established to provide free and quality education to children from low-income
families in the neighborhood.
A core group of volunteers and paid teachers with the support of donors from
the community have created a safe, stimulating learning environment that
allows over 420 children from disadvantaged families to develop a healthy
body and mind. Children are nurtured with respect and taught to be
responsible citizens in today’s world. CBSE based academic education is
provided by our teachers who receive on-going professional
development and are mentored by experienced volunteers. Children are
encouraged to learn a variety of extra-curricular activities such as folk art,
dance, drama, music, Life-skills and yoga and participate in inter-house and inter-
NGO Sports Events.
DIKSHA supplies a nutritious mid-day meal (prepared on the premises daily)
and a snack for each child in addition to uniforms, shoes, and
books. Periodic dental and medical check-up is given to all students by
volunteering organizations and doctors.
Parents are an integral part of Diksha and participate in regular parent-teacher
meetings and workshops on hygiene, nutrition, and non-violence.
Parents are encouraged to lend their expertise to support the school.
C.B.S.E. curriculum for Classes Nursery to VIII (NCERT textbooks and syllabus)
All children receive subject-based instruction by trained teachers based on the Central Board of Secondary Education curriculum, India, till Class 8. They are taught English and Hindi, Mathematics, Science, Humanities , Commerce ,Computers and Fine Arts,. There are up to 30 children in each Class with one to two teachers depending on the age group.
Extensive individual and small group remedial work with students as needed
As children are admitted to school based on need, there are some who require additional instruction to reach grade level or age-level academic
expectations. Qualified volunteers provide instruction individually or in small groups to support the academic growth of these children to bring them up to par with their class.
Preparation for Open School examinations from 9th to 12th classes
DIKSHA children started taking the Open School Examinations towards their Secondary and Senior Secondary School Certificate (10th and 12th) from the scholastic year (2015-2016).