Shadows to Stars

As part of Shadows to Stars Project, we have a cluster of programs enable an English learning ecosystem for slum children using tools such as sports, music, art, cinema, the internet and popular culture. Our central philosophy is facilitating interaction between people from different social classes in order to enable knowledge transfer.

What is this program?


In contrast to the rote-learning method present in mainstream education, we at Maarga address the deficit in teaching and learning through innovative methods for children that involves play and fun. This activity-centered learning provides an immersive learning experience for the child.  

How do we do this?

​We establish and run play & learn centres for children who are mostly first-generation learners studying in government schools between 1st to 4th standard. They visit the centres for 2 hours for 6 days a week after their school. The mentors who conduct these play & learn activities are hand-picked from the community and are specially trained.

​We evolve teaching learning materials based on the National Curriculum Framework 2005 for languages and mathematics emphasising on Critical Thinking, Creativity, and Confidence.

What do we do?

​In these centres, we build the children's storehouse of vocabulary through stories, conversations, rhymes, songs, news-reading, exposure visits etc. Instead of starting with just letters, we strive to build curiosity within the child through fun activities that create a pathway to learn the meanings of words, its spelling, the context of its usage, the sounds and names of the letters, and other similar words.

​Similarly in mathematics, we impart the concepts of number sense, pattern of numbers, shapes and its correlations from actual to abstract in a very methodical and experiential manner through play games and activities.

We also conduct exposure visits for children wherein their stories, experiences, and environment becomes the base of learning language and mathematics.

Current Status

We currently have two play & learn centres where we work with 50 children.

What is this program?


The comprehensive empowerment of adolescent girls living in slums is mobilized through adolescent girl’s collectives with specific objectives and intervention.

For example, the adolescent girls are facilitated with awareness of their body and mind while they go through their transition from childhood to adolescent. This is done by making them understand the changing physical and mental profile, the context of their community in living so that they can make informed choices. Achieving excellence in academics, enhance their talents & skills, clarity on their goals in life, accesses to trainings and capacity buildings for self-cultivation are some of the objectives of this program, including training them in sports with a special focus on football.

How do we do this?

​Generally the adolescent girls issues are reduced to  menstrual health issues whereas Maarga endeavours to build their self-agency and leadership.

What do we do?

Adolescent girls are mobilized under collectives of 20 in a learning centre based on their age and class. Every day, there is 2 hours of activity based learning. Subject experts, trainers are invited to interact with adolescent girls in building awareness and knowledge facilitation. Adolescent girls are supported to develop their study skills, inherent talents and social education through participatory methods.

Current Status

4 Adolescent girls' learning centers is functioning for the last 3 years in Rajendra Nagar slum in Koramangala. Presently about 60 adolescent girls (10-16 years old), going through various difficulties, attend these centers That apart another 50 children are part of our intervention directly in the schools. Also, 25 girls learn football on alternate days from 5 A.M to 7 A.M. We have a computer center and a library with a computer tutor to support these children in learning.

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#745, 9th Cross, Shastri Nagar,

Rajendra Nagar, Koramangala 8th Block, Bangalore - 560047


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