About Us

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
– Nelson Mandela

On March 19th 2014, Nayi Disha, a school for children from the marginalized communities, first opened its doors to 35 little students. Its location is in the Harijan Colony in DLF Phase V,Gurgaon. Most of these children live in bastis, born to parents who work as domestic helps, security guards, fruit and vegetable vendors, etc. A majority of them have had no prior education. In December 2018 we started a second school in Indira Colony 2, Ardee City, Gurugram. When we closed for the pandemic in March 2020, we had 108 children on our roles. In October 2021 when we resumed classes partially, we have 100 children.

Since its inception, the purpose of Nayi Disha has been to prepare children for admission to regular schools. They are taught English, Hindi and Mathematics through a non-formal education system with flexibility of age to class, depending on the capability of a child. The syllabus followed is that of KG, Nursery and Class I with students falling in the age group of 5 to and 11. The school starts at 9 am with assembly and physical exercises. All stationery and books are provided for by the school. Fruit or lunch is provided to the children on all 5 days of the week. We have 6 paid teachers and 100+ children. We have a coordinator for both the school.

Besides basic education, we have volunteers visiting the school for storytelling, yoga, art and craft. We also have routine visits from doctors, who talk to students about health and hygiene, and conduct medical checkups. All community residents are included in the health check up camps.

We do an orientation for the parents at the start of the school session. Parent Teacher Meetings are held on the second Saturday of every month. We try and engage with parents on a regular basis.

To a great extent the purpose of Nayi Disha is being achieved. Of the 700+ children who have registered with us so far, 160 have been successfully admitted to other NGO primary schools and Delhi Public School Shiksha Kendra. In 2020, we have proudly admitted 45 children to DPS Shiksha Kendra, Amitasha, and Manas Primary school. We have some drop outs, as they are predominantly a migratory population and return to their villages.

In 2018, we offered scholarship to 4 deserving children for continuing education to a CBSE 10+2 school, Rao Ram Singh
Public School, Sector 45. We are monitoring their progress regularly. These students are also provided transportation to and fro the school to ensure that they attend school regularly.

During the pandemic, we have arranged for home/online tuition for these children as they find it difficult to cope with their class instructions on Zoom classes. We have provided smart phones and internet to attend classes regularly

Our teachers are consistent and persistent in their efforts and have performed with extreme dedication since the inception of the school. During the pandemic, they have enhanced their technical abilities to teach the children through video activities and on line classes through ZOOM. They have shown amazing ability to adapt and learn. They have been provided English coaching classes and Yoga classes during the pandemic.

Our Trustees

Seema Seth

Vikas Verma

Arti Chaudhry

Sahil Seth

Board of Advisors

Rajneesh Singh

Geetu Gidwani Verma

Ruvneet Bains