The community of Parel over the last 4 decades has grappled with poverty and despair. As the ‘80s mill crisis loomed, it created a loss of income for millions of migrant workers and dashed any aspirations they had. The children of these mill-workers, being our school parents, had to survive their childhoods battling these challenges. Due to the lack of educational opportunities, they were no better off in the employment market than their mill-working parents. Currently, they are manual laborers with low-income and very little income security. The unfortunate decline of Marathi medium schools, coupled with a drastic drop in quality, exacerbated the lack of educational opportunities for their children who are our students. Despite Parel being in an area with a high HDI of 0.64 (Mumbai ranges from 0.02 to 0.96) there is a vacuum of quality schooling for the underprivileged children of this area.
School Management Committee (SMC)
As per the RTE, the SMC has a participation of women, staff and representative of local government. The meetings are held in accordance to the legal requirements. We have a robust and proactive SMC since 2010. The SMC actively participates in the management of school functions and supports various activities like annual day organizing and project day.
We salute our engaged and conscious parent body and welcome suggestions.
The strong support and cooperation of the parents over the years has channeled the growth of the school to what it is today. Not only are we fully engaged with the parents but also have a good standing in the community. The local representatives of the community share a good rapport with the school parents and management.
The children at SBPMPS come from challenging background of dire poverty and deprivation. They are mostly within walking distance of the school and are the residents of the neighboring slum communities. Most of the parents are low tier domestic workers, drivers and casual labourers.
We at Educo understand the importance of parent’s engagement in the daily tasks and events. This way parents have a sense of ownership on the school. Our community coordinator and social workers conduct the following activities to engage with the parents and ensure an involved parent body.