From one shack with a broken tiled roof and rammed earth floor, to the present building, the Primary School was the first institution created by CSP in 1972 from scratch – a resource for the community, located in the community. Today it is a Government-aided school with teachers appointed by the Government and CSP. It is located in a slum at Dover Terrace, in South Kolkata.
Along with learning, the school very actively encourages sports and creative expression – art and crafts, music, dance and theater. It is acknowledged by the Government as one of the city’s top primary schools, in recognition of which, when David Milliband (now Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, UK and then Junior Minister in charge of Education, UK) came on a visit to Kolkata, the D.I. office selected CSP’s Garden for Children as the showcase primary school for him to visit and spend over an hour in.
The school is affiliated to and aided by the West Bengal Primary Education Council and is considered by the Council to be one of its best. The School inducts students through pre-primary level and thereafter from classes 1 to 5.
CSP promoted Govt aided primary school Garden for Children has come a long way by dint of merit and activity based learning processes to make it to the panel of 25 schools shortlisted by the Primary School Council of the state government and Save the Children as model schools where learning processes would be showcased for replication by widening circle of following schools.
The West Bengal Primary Education Council provides and pays for 3 teachers. A midday meal is also provided by the Government. In addition to the 3 teachers, CSP provides 2 additional teachers and 2 non teaching staff.