|Mrs. Madhumita Pathak In-Charge||Mrs. Arati Goswami||Mrs. Meenakshi Das|
|Mrs. Aparna Roy||Mr. Lakshmi Paswan||Mr. Phulkan Sharma|
Don Bosco, the founder of the Salesian Society, was deeply involved in transforming the social evils of his times. He lived in the wake of the Industrial Revolution that attracted scores of young people to the cities where they were exploited by the nascent industries. These young people, who were without the necessary skills, were exploited as cheap labour and lived in the miserable shanty neighbourhoods of Turin. It was to save these young people from exploitation and ignorance that Don Bosco started his work. Following the footsteps of Don Bosco are his followers who are now famous the world over for their commitment to the young at risk. The Don Bosco Society has started several major initiatives in Guwahati, Assam to come to the help of the poor and the needy.
Sponsoring programmes in favour of the poor within the school’s syllabus has a twofold purpose. The first is to help those who are at a disadvantage and the second is to help the children from the affluent classes to work for social justice and thus grow up as compassionate human beings who are capable and willing to assist others in need. Besides close association with other agencies, Don Bosco School also has its own services in favour of the young at risk.
Keeping in tune with the ideals of St. John Bosco, the founder of the DonBosco chain of schools and youth centres all over the world to save the destitute youth dehumanised by the onslaughts of the Industrial revolution, the Provincial Council was desirous of starting a school to cater “to the youth at risk” of the city of Guwahati. However, the dream, nurtured since 1990, could be implemented only in 1994.
On April 25, 1994 the dream was actualised in Don Bosco, Guwahati, under the leadership of Fr. Mathew Vellankal. The school began with 150 students, five teachers and three helpers. At one time, the school had 300 students on its rolls. However, regular attendance is a problem with the type of children that attend the school. Today the attendance varies from 100 to 150. Some times, it goes up as high as 200. Attendance also depends on the season of the year. During festivals, especially before and after the pujas or Ramzan attendance is thin. Some of the students also drop out of school because of the frequent re-location of their families.
The past years have seen the school helping several batches to appear in the HSLC examinations with commendable success. Others who have attended the evening school have been helped to find gainful employment in various small-scale industries, hotels and shops.
The fresh comers are specially coached to bring them to the level of the other students. This is done in a non-formal manner. Others, who are already attending other schools, are given additional coaching classes. These are grouped together and the teachers give coaching classes to them. The emphasis for the non-formal students is functional literacy; for the others, Don Bosco Evening school supports them with additional help to cope with their school work.
Regular classes, unit tests and co-curricular activities contribute in building up the academic atmosphere.
Since 2002, girls are also admitted to the evening school. Today there are over 50 girls who attend classes regularly.
In 2002, some mothers of the children who were attending the evening school also came for classes. They were given functional literacy classes along with skill training in various crafts and tailoring. About 40 women attended these classes
Besides scholastic facilities, other opportunities are offered to the students of the evening school. Some of them are the following: