March 3, 2017

Ambuj, a lovely lotus blooming in muddy waters; Abha, the enlightenment that comes from knowledge; AAS, our dream of making every child shine and grow into a beautiful brilliant star.

CFM is connected with lakhs of farmers and along with interventions aimed at making their lives richer, we’re taking a step further into this ecosystem to offer their children quality education under Ambuj Abha Stars (AAS) programmes. We’re co-creating a world where knowledge is not limited to books but to nature, experiences and market based systems. Where in the critical formative years children are taught to respect  women and the environment. A system that teaches children about health and nutrition, legal and financial rights, and to challenge prevailing social dogmas. Yoga and sports will be taught to help children develop physically and mentally. They will learn to grow fruits and vegetables while music, telescope and microscope will form the cosmos of these children. Subjects like Hindi, English, Mathematics and Science will be taught through new-age content developed to engage and involve children, saving them for the pitfalls of rote learning. Programmes under AAS aim to ignite passion within children's hearts for learning and help them evolve into bright and intelligent stars of our nation.

The Need for AAS

Despite much ground covered in improvement and spread of education, India still faces several challenges. One of the prime concerns is the poor quality of education with evidence showing that children in India are far behind students in corresponding classes in other countries. While enrolment is at an all-time high of over 96% (the free mid-day meal being a big incentive), a report by UNESCO revealed that even after four years of schooling 90% of children from poor families remain illiterate. Under AAS we aim to empower schools across rural India, provide them with tools and
infrastructure, and give teachers training in exepriential methods of
teaching that will pull children to schools not just for free meals but
for the joy of learning.

AAs aims to combine primary learning with values and life skills that will enable the children to find livelihood opportunities within their
villages. From farming to goat herding, these life skills imparted will ensure that they are able to earn within their ecosystem, thereby
reducing distress migration and helping in the economic liberation of India's villages.

AAS aims to leverage the cumulative strength of funding agencies, skill development centres and local village resources to create a ‘conscious’ workforce, ready to take-on the future.