Last Updated:  18/02/2021

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Project Pitch By: Apni Shala Foundtion


Proposed Project Title

School SEL Programme


Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Education Programs

Project Synopsis

School SEL Programme is a whole-school approach to bring social-emotional development in schools.Apni Shala works with 18 municipal schools in L and M-west wards through the School SEL Programme. The program serves children from grades 4 to 9, building competencies like self-awareness, self-management, relationship skills, social awareness, and responsible decision making. The program also works with teachers, principals, parents, and the school community to build a caring and nurturing environment for children.

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Mumbai Maharashtra

Key Project Partners
Academic Institute,Companies,Municipal Corporation

Project Status


Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary): Youth
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done

Proposed Project Description

Apni Shala offers a year-long SEL programme with students, an engagement programme for parents and teachers, and school-wide awareness campaigns. They recognize the tremendous need for schools and communities to continue working towards providing safe and caring environments to children and adults, as their families continue to struggle with unemployment, poverty, lack of health care, and uncertainty brought up by the pandemic.Under the partnership, the following deliverables are projected:

  • Weekly SEL sessions using audio-visuals, art, games, poetry, role-plays, technology, and story-telling. In the online sessions, this is done through asynchronous (Whatsapp) and synchronous (Zoom, Google Meet, conference calls) methods.
  • Quarterly Mental health awareness sessions with caregivers during the school year, aimed at developing awareness and abilities in parents to nurture SEL in their children at home.
  • Quarterly teacher engagement sessions/meetings, aimed at developing awareness and abilities in teachers to support students’ SEL development in school.
  • End-of-year learning showcases events in each school to help ALL students share their learning with the larger school community and parents.


From 2015 onwards, over 80% of the students showed an increased ability. Apni Shala’s approach to address this challenge and serve as a space for rebuilding peer communities for students, educators, and parents involves a year-long implementation of the School SEL Programme in partnership and consultation with municipal schools.


Salient Features

  1. Shifting the focus to wholesome development of students
  2. The sessions are delivered during school hours which supports building a caring and compassionate system for the children
  3. Differential instructions so that all students can understand and be a part of SEL sessions.

About Apni Shala Foundtion

Apni Shala Foundation, founded in 2013, works with students, educators, caregivers and institutions towards building social and emotional competencies among individuals so they can constructively engage with society and have a harmonious co-existence. With a focus on promotive and preventive mental health, Apni Shala builds systems of social and emotional development and wellbeing in schools and educational organisations, especially those public schools working with children from low-income homes. Apni Shala Foundation has served over 10500 students, over 700 teachers and over 500 parents since 2013. 


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