Mother teaching children

What We Do

We teach extremely poor, uneducated mothers in the world’s worst slums to become neighbourhood teachers.

We teach these women how to read and write in their own language, we teach them English (necessary for economic advancement) and teach them math and social studies. We also teach them life skills such as health, nutrition, child care and conflict resolution. And we teach them to think, something they’ve never before been encouraged or taught to do.

The mothers, many of whom have never before even held a pencil, attend school every day for 2 hours. Teachers, recruited from poor neighbourhoods and trained by AS, use accelerated learning methods (using songs, drama, games).

Neighbourhood premises are used as schools.  The mothers are then trained to become teachers of their own and their neighbours’ children, developing some of the learning materials themselves for use with the children.

The small schools, when not being used for mothers’ classes, are used by the women to discuss issues of importance, as determined by them, and as a place for cottage-industry enterprises to increase family income.

Working from the centre of the family out, using our own accelerated learning methods, is a highly effective – and cost-effective – approach. Mothers come to understand and value education – learn how to create a positive learning environment for children, and they come to make better decisions in many areas for their families. Mothers report that they can now make better sense of their world and have become more highly valued within their own homes and in their community as they disprove old, backward attitudes about the limitations and suitable role of women.

The improvements in the women’s abilities and circumstance dramatically improve every aspect of slum life overall.

Our Schools’ ‘Four Rs’:

Reading, ‘Riting, ‘Rithmetic and Rights.

Tanyss and Grace address AS' International Women's Day Assembly


Mothers of Intention in attendance.

Amarok Society, 1001-3230 Yonge St, Toronto, Ontario, Canada,

M4N 3P6. (416) 543-3550.

amaroksociety.org@gmail.com

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