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We deliver Social & Emotional Learning to children from low income communities in India, through the process of Art.

Saturday Art Class

Mumbai, India
Saturday Art Class is a non-profit education organisation. We leverage domestic & international art & art practices to deliver social and emotional learning to children from low income communities in government and affordable private schools in Mumbai, India. Through this program, we found a way to marry critical learning outcomes from both these domains to creatively empower children and youth.

Social Emotional Learning through Art

Sir Ken Robinson, Educator
“Creativity now is as important in education as literacy. ”

Sir Ken Robinson, Educator

Mumbai’s government schools serve 3.11 Lakh children from low income backgrounds, who are likely facing adversities and are in need of holistic education

  • Children from low-income communities in India, often grow up witnessing realities that no child should. This includes (but is not limited to) large amounts of violence, strife, unhealthy conflict and lifestyles, illness and may even take on financial burdens. These external and internal stresses leave a significant impact on the child’s ability to grow and negotiate life. 
  • Schools do not help children to deal with these stresses, make decisions or negotiate the real life challenges that lie before them. While Academic Education is addressed, we feel skills to negotiate “real life” or Social Emotional Learning (SEL) is a major void, in a country with more traditional pedagogy and curricula. 
  • The above problem is compounded by developmental delays due to poverty. Children growing up in poverty are known to suffer from poor cognitive abilities (e.g. find it difficult to pay attention in class), poor information processing (e.g. find it difficult to comprehend information taught), poor emotion regulation, neuropsychological difficulties and behavioural issues. These issues are characterised by W.H.O. as the “failure to thrive.”
  • To combat the effects of their adversities and developmental delay, children need to be taught specific skills to help them cope with situations, make decisions, process and retain information and respond to peers. SEL facilitates precisely these skills in children and prepares them to better absorb their academic education and respond to internal/ external challenges in their life outside of the classroom too!

Thus, in response to these issues, we developed Saturday Art Class.

Saturday Art Class is a school based intervention working to fill the void of both Social Emotional Learning and Art Education that exists in government and affordable private schools (APS) and shelter homes. Saturday Art Class programme has found a way to marry critical learning outcomes from both these domains to deliver holistic education to children from low income communities, through a medium that all can relate to and express themselves in i.e. ART.

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5 500
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We build life skills, creativity, imagination and self expression in children through art. We implement our program in schools through a network of like minded individuals who have a shared interest in the social good. To know more about us, log onto :
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Saturday Art Class RELIEF & RECOVERY fundraiser
Saturday Art Class Champion Project
Saturday Art Class Relief Efforts during Covid 19 Pandemic
Serendipity Circle with Saturday Art Class Coaches
Saturday Art Class Recovery Plan during Covid 19 Pandemic
Striving towards Relief and Recovery Efforts during COVID 19 Pandemic
Saturday Art Class: Social emotional learning through art
Saturday Art Class: Meet the co-founder - Manasi Mehan


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