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Palike launches Wonder on wheels for the children of the anganwadis of the eastern zone

Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has partnered with Free Thought Foundation and the Department of Women and Child Development to launch Wonder on Wheels, a creative learning opportunity exclusively for marginalized children, especially those in Anganwadi centers in and around East Bengaluru. This comes after the School on Wheels initiative which was rolled out to benefit slum children.

“We have provided a refurbished bus to the Freethinking Foundation for this purpose. We are also providing two teachers, a group D employee and a bus driver to the foundation to ensure the delivery Montessori education of anganwadi children,” said BBMP Deputy Commissioner (Education) Umesh D S.

Freethinking Foundation will be responsible for leading the activities and providing activity teachers. It will collaborate with other private and public institutions to carry out other activities on the bus.

“We will provide a Montessori-trained teacher and volunteers to train the children in arts and crafts. We will also provide training for teachers provided by the BBMP. We have already launched two Wonder on Wheels ourselves. Wonder on Wheels was launched today, in association with the BBMP and the Department of Child Protection, on a pilot basis. The buses will be stationed at the Zonal Commissioner’s Office (East) of the BBMP and will visit two to three anganwadi centers per day,” said the Managing Director of the Freethinking Foundation. Sunoj Philippe.

Our aim is to launch about 10 Wonder on Wheels to meet the needs of Anganwadi children in other areas such as Bengaluru West, South, North, Yelahanka, Mahadevapura, Dasarahalli, Bommanahalli

– Sunoj Philip, Managing Director, Freethinking Foundation

He said the initiative would expand to other areas in a few months. “Our aim is to launch about 10 Wonder on Wheels to meet the needs of Anganwadi children in other areas such as Bengaluru West, South, North, Yelahanka, Mahadevapura, dasarahalli and Bommanahalli in the future.

Welcoming the BBMP for launching this initiative, Nagasimha G Rao, Director of Child Rights Trust, said it would be very beneficial for Anganwadi children to learn arts and crafts. “I would like to thank everyone involved in the launch of Wonder on Wheels. This will help more and more children to have a Montessori education as the Wonder on Wheels visits anganwadi centres. It will also encourage other parents to bring their children,” said Nagasimha G Rao.

Commissioner General of the BBMP Tushar Giri Nath inaugurated the marvel on wheels. He helped one of the kids cut the ribbon and get on the bus.

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