Muktangan - Learning and Growing Together
Muktangan Education Trust is the sole initiative of Paragon Charitable Trust, a registered charity. Muktangans innovative educational model integrates school and Teacher Education addressing the quality gap in the mainstream system. Its community based, inclusive, child-centered model has evolved over 16 years in their teacher education centre and 7 English medium Municipal Schools in Mumbai. They offer quality holistic education for approximately 3700 children from low-income communities and have so far trained, skilled and employed approximately 530 women from the same communities as the children.
The Muktangan Model is based on the pre-school methodology, which focuses on emergent learning. Children, mostly first generation learners, are provided with opportunities to develop at their own pace, constructing their own learnings. With a students teacher ratio of 15:1 the empathetic teachers come from the communities as the children and have themselves been trained in an active learning mode by highly qualified faculty.
Muktangan Education Resource Centre (MERC) is located within its network of 7 schools. The schools act as learning labs where innovative teaching approaches are developed and then further refined at the centre. Every year MERC takes in community trainees with a Higher Secondary Certificate into its one year pre service teacher education programme. The trainees, who are split into Early Childhood Education & Foundation Year Courses are given rigorous training in English and child development with 70% of their time spent observing how children learn at Muktangan schools. After completion of the training they are absorbed and employed in to Muktangan schools where they undergo a further two years of training to become subject specialized middle school teachers. The MERC has to date trained approx. 800 community members (mainly women) who are currently pursuing careers as teachers within and outside Muktangan schools.
Pandurang Budkar Marg, Worli Mumbai City,
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400013