The Hummingbird School started functioning in January 2017 with 70 students, and in the current academic year has 225 children enrolled from Class LKG to Class 6. Out of these, 70 children are fully sponsored residential students and 50 more children are sponsored day scholars. These are children who are from extremely economically disadvantaged families and have no parents or only a single parent.
Having seen the positive cognitive and emotional growth in the children of Hummingbird School from regular storytelling and library sessions, we wanted to take the opportunity to children of other schools too and started Mobile Library in August 2018. Ayang is conducting library sessions in 27 government schools in Majuli currently. We work with 1366 children through this intervention on a weekly basis.
Along with the partner school library sessions, Ayang also rented out a physical space in the heart of Majuli and converted it into a library cum community space to cater to a larger population in August 2018. Daily, we had at least 50 children who came to read books, play board games and take part in the storytelling sessions. Our contract expired in 2020, and we have recently found and rented out a new space and are in the process of setting it up.
We started a 'Manthan' Fellowship for motivated local youth, so they get introduced to education and the social sector and build the skills necessary to engage with it as change-makers. We started the Fellowship on July 26, 2019, and each fellow is placed in Government Primary School in Majuli for 2 years.
From 2018, we initiated 2 projects towards improving the whole school transformation of LP Schools in Majuli and have collectively worked with 31 schools over the last 2 years. In 2021, we are pausing based on our learnings and reflections to work intensively with just 3 schools for the whole year and create a resource book of pedagogical and project elements for working with rural/tribal schools in Assam, as well as templatize our learnings for scaling it in the coming years.
In August 2020, Ayang along with Bangalore-based Mantra for Change formed a collective of NGOs working on education in Assam. The collective is working along with the Kamrup District Administration in creating resources, training, and hand-holding teachers in Project-Based Learning.