What it is

KHELshaala is Project KHEL’s initiative on creating a curiosity for learning among underprivileged children who are either

  • out of school and completely illiterate,
  • drop-outs or
  • enrolled in schools but lacking proper academic guidance.
Focusing on imparting functional literacy in a fun and interesting manner, the aim is to motivate our little learners to enrol in, return to, or excel at a regular school in the vicinity of their slum. The programme, though young, also interacts with the community in an attempt to influence the tough decision many parents are faced with - to have a child help bring bread to the table or educate the child and help them aspire towards a better life. We aim to empower each of our children with love of learning and to help them to acquire basic literacy competencies as per their age level and helping them to get enrolled in formal school in their age appropriate class to make their learning a sustainable process. Our target group includes children from disadvantaged backgrounds, aged between 5-18 years old and is completely free of cost for the beneficiaries.


The overall objective of KHELshaala is to inculcate a curiosity for learning and getting out of school children into school. We aim to do a short-duration, high intensity intervention in which children are divided into groups based on their existing learning levels. We identify the learning levels of children through pre-intervention evaluation and then design curriculum and methodologies suitable for each group needs.  The main focus subjects are Hindi, Mathematics and English; the lessons are delivered using various activity based methods including storytelling, games, video sessions and crafts. The framework of KHELshaala also includes elements of continuous and comprehensive evaluation to make sure learning needs of each child is adequately met. The activity-based lessons are geared to help learners achieve all 5 competencies:

  • Learning
  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Comprehension


A new programme, launched in July 2016 and still in pilot stage, KHELshaala has already reached out to 60+ slum children, aged between 5-16 years from two slums in Gomti Nagar, Lucknow.  Most of the children are first generation learners and we aim to help enroll at least 10% of these children into a formal education system after they acquire basic functional literacy in upcoming academic year.