Ankur Anawa School
ANKUR was initiated during the end of 1994 in the ‘Mandir’ premises, Sector 21 Noida, with a handful of children of the construction labourers working in Sectors 21 and 25 of NOIDA. The then Principal of Bal Bharati Public School, Sector 21 , Cmde. Oomen Noida, offered them one classroom and ANKUR was officially born. It functioned from that school for more than 20 years and grew from one class to 12 classrooms. The school now operates from Somerville School Sector 22 Noida and in the afternoon 3.30 pm to 6.30pm, from 10 Classrooms. Following CBSE syllabus and NIOS norms, Basic Computer Education is a compulsory subject for ANKUR ANAWA. The students have been appearing for Class III, V and VIII exams of NIOS, periodically.
Over the years the ANKUR students have been exposed to an annual drama workshop, music, sports, painting, art & craft, debates, recitation and interschool competitions, and have proved themselves to be equal to all challenges, walking away with prizes in all fields. They have been taken on educational tours and excursions to see the Red Fort, Science and Doll’s Museum, and the Rail Museum, and to see India Gate, Rashtrapati Bhavan and Millenium Park. ANAWA has tried to expose them to a holistic learning experience.
Students of ANKUR have taken up various professions ranging from becoming drivers, to working in construction sites as supervisors and inventory keepers, Senior Executive in NDTV, Manager in Nimbus Harbour Facility, teachers in village schools, apprentices / Nursing Assistants in I Care, an eye hospital in Sector 26 Noida, maintaining record or patient care and coordination. The most recent is a student having joined training in Belgaum to join the Air Force. We are proud of them all and the fact that they come back periodically to meet at their Alma mater.
Fourteen Teachers, including a computer Teacher, some Volunteers and the Trustees i/c of the School programme ensure the standard of education and discipline does not falter. Students and Teachers have been divided into 4 houses, and healthy competition in all fields helps maintain a competitive spirit, and imaginative mind to work towards that little edge over their competitors. Effective 2018, a Rolling Trophy has been introduced for best House in all-around performance. As Trustees we are happy to encourage them on.
Considering the school operates for just 3 hours a day, it seems we try to pack in a load. We are grateful to our staff, most of them have been with us many years, for their dedication. Our aim has been to open student minds, so they enjoy the learning process, to instil in them the desire to set goals and strive to achieve them. We do hope we succeed in pulling them out of their closed environment and breathe the air of freedom, which is their birth-right too, to become responsible, tolerant citizens of India.