At any one time, Bright Sparks welcomes over 100 enthusiastic kids from the very poorest families, all living in difficult circumstances.
Many are ‘working children,’ who are helping their family survive.
Some have missed school altogether and start their primary education late, at Bright Sparks. Consequently, the ages in these primary classrooms range from 5-15 years.
Bright Sparks particularly encourages girls to start – and keep up – their education.
Bright Sparks students are from any religious or non-religious background, and some have special educational needs that we do everything we can to cater for at the school.
Bright Sparks teachers are a special lot. They work long hours, for low wages and care about the kids like family.
There are five primary teachers, one for each class, including the teaching Head, Rita Mohan. Between them they cover the state curriculum: Hindi, Punjabi, English, maths, science, computer skills and general studies. Just as challenging, they help the kids to help each other, to organise, to concentrate and even – to have fun!
Tutors run an after-school homework club to support the older children and ex-Bright Sparks students who are at secondary school. These are kids who don’t have a place, or help, to do schoolwork at home.