Kalanjiyam Trust

Our Vision "Kalanjiyam envisions an energized and empowered community, that can take part in its own development, is able to mobilize and organize itself and take actions to ensure quality education, improved health and overall well-being of all its members." The mission of Kalanjiyam is to bring about impact in a core set of areas: Ensuring that children have access education quality education Bringing health and well being resulting in a RICH community, Making sure that communities are aware / have knowledge and have correct information for making decisions and choices in their lives Facilitating and broadening the skills and capacity of communities Providing for ways to ...
Jan 29, 2014

Supporting primary and upper primary children

Children at workshop
Children at workshop

The school strengthening program has carried out the following activities in the last three months:

  • Scholastic assessments were conducted at the beginning and middle of the school year, among the primary class students. These reveal that the children all reading and writing and doing math at class appropriate levels.
  • All students have been provided with drawing note books, color pencils and other stationary materials, in the primary, middle and higher secondary schools.
  • Tamil English Tamil Dictionaries have been provided to all children from 5th class onwards, in all the schools.  New students entering 5th, 6th and above who do not have them were provided dictionaries.
  • School atlas has been provided to children from 6th class onwards in all schools.
  • Drawing competition was held among the students in each of the schools, and the best students were selected and recognized in school, and provided small prizes.  
  • During after school tuition program in the last three months, the children had fun doing arts and crafts exercises and developed creative materials for display or things they need for the school
  • Peer learning Educational program:  A peer learning program has been implemented for students in our adopted schools.  The initiative aims to impart school lesson by students in higher classes to those in lower classes. The principle is that if a class 8 student who is a good student is trained on teaching techniques, can help to impart lessons to students in four classes below (that is 4th class).  The class 8 student benefits as they have to prepare for this and the process of teaching will improve their own learning increase their self confidence and empower them.  The class 4 students will benefit as they learn more effectively by a peer teaching them and the class teacher in resource poor settings is able to spend time on other children.  Students from some adopted schools were selected and brought to IIT Madras for intensive residential training over 4 days.  They learned the essential principles of teaching and how to impart lesions to fellow students.   They were trained by experienced teachers and educators who helped the students to have confidence to perform.  These trained students have been teaching the fourth class students in the school. 
Student Learning at workshop
Student Learning at workshop
Student receiving Dictionary
Student receiving Dictionary
Implementing peer learning
Implementing peer learning
Student receiving atlas
Student receiving atlas
Oct 29, 2013

Strengthening school education for rural children

Dear Friends

We are happy to share with you on some of the key activities of the rural school strengthening project in the last few months.

One of the main challenges with many of the rural children is that their memory and concentration varies; we have found that they need individual attention on basic fundamentals and it takes one to two years for us to correct many of the learning challenges. Para teachers placed in schools by the project are addressing this critica issue.

The para teachers placed in the schools are helping the children who are behind or slow learners.  Special play and learn materials have been provided and these help the children to learn better. Para teachers also meet and interact with parents and families of children. Most children’s parents have very less time for them due to their socio-economic situations. However the project’s efforts are also to ensure that the parents understand their children’s needs and try to increase their awareness so that the parent can better help the child’s education.

Evening tuition is conducted by para teachers daily for one and half hours after school. The children are gathered in a common place in the village. The focus of these sessions are to help students having the most challenges in learning.  During these evening classes the para teachers help the students to strengthen their fundamentals, gain general knowledge, practice tests, helping them to do their home work and also have time for fun and play.  Now the children are also doing projects, on special topics, which they prepare and present to other children.  These sessiosn are fun for the students, and at the same time they learn better.

A number of students have been provided a special educaiton support to continue in school.  The project has selected girl students from local villages who are good students but have difficult family situations.  These students are provided educaiton aid, which will help them to buy school uniforms, notebooks, school bags, shoes and pay for their other school needs.


Oct 29, 2013

Improving sanitaiton in school toilets

Dear Friends,

In the last few months, the project has continued to support all the project schools for maintaining the hygiene and sanitation facilities in the schools.  Three more project schools were added to the list of schools supported for cleaning and maintaining the school toilets.  THree local women/ ayyahs were identified from each village and were appointed earlier this month. They are now going to the school each day and are cleaning the toilets and ensuring that hygienic conditions are maintained.

OTher than this the project is also taking up a semi-annual clearning (through acid washing) of the hygiene facilities in the large schools. Special contractors are hired for this pupose and they spend two days to clean the toilet and make them look new once again.  We have found that doing this twice a year helps in the upkeep and makes the toilets look good in the long run!

Kalanjiyam staff members are also conducting special awareness classes for the school children, on the issue of hygiene and sanitation.  Children are encouraged to come up with slogans and speak about the benefits of good hygiene.

We thank all of you for continuing to support this effort! Only your support is helping us to implement this program.

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