On Monday 3rd December 2012 we welcomed our pioneer class of 45 Ninth Standard Avasara Leadership Fellows.
These girls and their families are pioneers in the truest sense, making the decision to engage a type of learning that was far from their ordinary experiences. For most of these girls, the risk paid off, giving them a love of learning, and real opportunities for self-development. Others had to leave ALF because of fatigue, or parental fears about the Board Examinations at the end of Tenth Standard… though some of those who had left ALF returned within a few weeks, realising what they were missing.
Most of the class transitioned into Tenth Standard as Avasara Leadership Fellows in June 2013, and we saw on a daily basis how their confidence and abilities continue to grow. This class completed their Tenth Standard Board Examinations in March 2014, and joined Junior Colleges in Mumbai in August 2014, to begin their 11th and 12th standard courses of study. These girls no longer attend ALF as they have graduated the program, but we keep in contact with them and will be tracking their progress over the next couple of years.