by Brother Jittin Mathew

MUMBAI, JUNE 15, 2019: On June 13, the management and staff of Bosco Boys Home (BBH) Borivli organised a parents meeting. The main objective of the meeting was to explain to the parents about the concept of Home Schooling. It was also to inform them about the new projects incorporated by BBH for the betterment of the children.

Father Corlis Gonsalves, Director of the Institute, welcomed the parents and briefed them about the National Institute of Open Schooling (NIOS) programme started at BBH from the month of June. The parents were also informed about the various Child Welfare Committee (CWC) rules like the opening of bank accounts, limited period of home holidays, etc.

Caroline D’Souza, who has worked for 27 years in the NIOS sphere, in collaboration with Don Bosco Borivli and Wadala, introduced the parents to NIOS. She explained to them the advantages and importance of NIOS, wherein a student has to choose and clear only five subjects from a list of twenty-five subjects. She even shared the example of her brother who did NIOS after he had failed class seven and is now doing well in life.
Later, the parents were asked to discuss with their children and enlist their names if interested in the NIOS programme. Open schooling would be for boys above 14 years, who find it difficult to understand and study conventional theoretical subjects but will have an option to choose more practical subjects like baking, painting, cooking.

“I am very happy to join NIOS. After my 10th standard I would like to study some technical motor mechanic course,” Krishna Sharma, a boy from BBH said. “It is a nice opportunity for students to learn some skills which will benefit them for their whole life,” a parent said.