"We need to get children back to school"
Three years ago, when ACT (Ashwini Charitable Trust)adopted the Tamil Government Higher Primary School, it was in dire need of help in terms of infrastructure and academics. Though we were totally charmed by the almost 100 years old red tiled school building, it had broken windows, doors, termite ridden classroom walls, a leaky roof, no drinking water and clogged toilets. To set things right, ACT required a lot of funds. This is when ACT put together all the requirements of the “Save a School” project on the Global Giving website.
With the funds raised for this project, ACT has made significant inroads, but a lot more has to be accomplished in this school. We started by cleaning the large grounds surrounding the school building. Simultaneously, we started clearing classrooms that were piled with old and broken furniture and first set up a computer lab and library. Recently we have set up a science lab.
ACT has appointed a science teacher, exclusively for the Government Tamil Higher Primary School. This was done in order to ensure that students of classes 4, 5, 6 and 7 can be initiated to the joys of learning scientific concepts by first observing, and then conducting the experiments themselves. These classes included instruction and practical application of concepts such as the functioning of parachutes, helicopter wings, film projectors, and hover crafts.The computer literacy classes conducted by ACT volunteers are also very popular with the students. For almost all our students, this is their first introduction to computers. They love the fact that they are getting the chance to work on the laptops set up in the Computer Lab by ACT. Small groups, each consisting of two to three students, are instructed by experts, who start by teaching them the very basics, including how to switch on the computer. The children are then introduced to concepts like computer hardware, power, accessories, the menu bar and its applications, the Microsoft suite etc. ACT volunteers have conducted computer training sessions for the Head Mistress and the teachers of the school too.
In terms of infrastructure improvement, recently ACT has been concentrating mainly on setting up a science lab in the school for the children of the higher classes.
In the school premises ACT has reconstructed a formerly dilapidated room. For a part of the construction costs of this structure ACT utilized the funds given by Global Giving. We have now built two separate rooms – one a kitchen and the other a watchman’s room. Both these rooms are well ventilated and well lit and also have electricity and running water facilities. ACT has handed over the watchman’s room to a family which now provides the security for the school and the children.The porridge and milk for the children are now prepared in the new clean, and well lit kitchen .The mid-day meal provided by the Akshaya Patra foundation is also now kept here before it is served to the children. Near this new kitchen and watchman’s room, ACT has also constructed a small seating area under the peepal tree, so that when the weather is pleasant the children can sit under its shade and have their lunch.
ACT’s work in the school is ongoing and a lot more has to be done. The school has a huge ground behind it, which can be utilized very effectively for the benefit of the children. But lack of funds is constraining us from doing more. We appeal for more funds from like-minded people through global giving, so that the underprivileged children are attracted by the facilities and amenities and come back to school.
In the last three months, Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) focused on setting up the science lab and providing computer training to the children of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School, Murphy Town, Bangalore.
The newly constructed kitchen and the security room are completed. Now, the children’s milk porridge is cooked, and their mid-day meal is heated in hygienic conditions.
ACT organized a ride in the Bangalore Metro Rail for all the children and teachers of the Government Tamil Higher Primary School. The children travelled from Ulsoor to the Baiyappanahalli station and then back to Ulsoor. In an attempt to inspire and motivate school children, Namma Metro allows a guided tour of its facilities. Then Namma Metro screened a wonderful film on how the train works for the children, followed by a sumptuous meal.
ACT distributed white sports shoes and socks to all the children of the school, which they can use while playing games and during the sports programs.
ACT has a new volunteer, Mr. Ram Pavan, who is an enthusiastic science teacher. He has set up a science lab and at the start of each new chapter; he demonstrates a science experiment that is related to that chapter. He also explains the scientific principles that make them work. The children are completely enthralled by the lab and are completely motivated to learn Science.
Computer Skills Class
ACT has recruited Mr. Sachin Nadig as a computer teacher for the Government schools.We want to teach the children of the Government school computer basics like:
We will look forward to your support in the coming year to meet our mission to educate and empower the children studying in Government schols in India. We appeal to you all to contribute generously next year so that we can achieve our target.,Wishing you all a very Happy New Year 2016 !
For the months July-Sept 2015, Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) has made significant strides in completing the task of upgrading the resources at the Government school adopted by us so that many more children from the urban slums of Bangalore can get a better education in a well-equipped and functional school.
Improving the Infrastructure at the school
Activities at the school
The school reopened on 1st June, and ACT volunteers are back to assist the teachers and students with their academic work,