The Government Tamil Higher Primary School is located at Murphy Town .It was was started in 1924.It has 88 children on roll and adopted by NGO Ashwini Charitable Trust.We intend to carry out the needs of the school in a phased manner and based on funding/support we receive from sponsors and Donors.
INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Here is Ashwini Charitable Trust‘s (ACT) story of how you are helping to Save A School. Your kind donations has enabled us to take up these projects.
Improving INFRASTRUCTURE and RESOURCES
Electrical Works -One room has been converted into a Computer Lab. Before setting up the computers ACT ensured proper earthing of the electrical points in the room. An MCB (Miniature Circuit Breaker) and extra plug points have been installed.
Computers - ACT has shared its resources in order to create a computer lab. Two Desktop computers, Four Laptop computers and two computer tables, all donated have been installed in this computer lab so that both the teachers and the students of the school can be taught how to use computers by the ACT volunteers.
Library- Two steel cupboards have been installed in the school for the purpose of storing the library books. ACT has bought a set of 150 books that are age appropriate for the children of the school from Tulika Publications. ACT has introduced Hippocampus’ Grow By Reading programme for the children of the school and has bought books that have been graded for 6 levels. The ACT volunteers regularly use these books to improve the reading skills of the students.
Gardening & Tree Planting- ACT believes in sensitizing the children towards nature. Since we follow Howard Gardner’s theory of ‘Multiple Intelligences’ which says that being close to nature is one way of identifying and arousing the latent interests and intelligences in a child, we are particular that the children of the school learn to take care of the garden and the trees that have been planted by ACT volunteers in the school compound. Towards this end, ACT celebrated a small ‘Vanamahotsav’( Tree planting festival) function in the school on 30.11.13, wherein 32 tree saplings donated by the Karnataka Forest Department were planted within the school compound.
Classroom Furniture – Tables and chairs donated by the Mallya Aditi International School have been installed in the school classrooms. ACT is grateful to Ms. Ann Warrior of MAIS for this kind gesture.
.2. Improving the quality of EDUCATION
Volunteering- ACT’s volunteers have pitched in at various levels to improve the attendance, infrastructure, learning processes and fun activities in the school. Particular focus has been given to improve the reading and writing skills of the poor learners, so that the teachers can concentrate on completing the academic portions before the final exams.
Improvements in classroom interaction and quality of engagement with the children and their families - In order to achieve this ACT has improved one school classroom and converted it into the Library and Computer Lab. We believe that children learn better in an audio-visual manner and in this regard have also started the “Flow of English” Computer Aided English program. The Chipper Sage ‘Flow of English’ programme was commenced in the school on 29-01-2014. The founder of Chipper Sage Ms. Latha Srinivasan conducted a workshop for the teachers of the school in order to familiarize them with this new concept. Chipper Sage is a reading software for beginners which helps the child to read English fluently and willingly. The teachers received this orientation workshop very well and have wanted more of the same after school hours.
Art Classes –Regular art classes have been conducted by an established Bangalore based artist since art helps children to relieve stress and express their feelings.
Computer Classes- Computer classes are being held regularly for both the students and the teachers.
Waste Segregation – Ms. Safeera from ACT has initiated the waste management programme in the school and is educating the children on how to reuse and recycle water.
Home Visits –Ms. Sahay Rose, an MSW worker and ACT volunteer has been visiting the homes of the children who live in the vicinity of the school to find out what keeps the children away from the school.
Needs Analysis – In order to understand the children and their families we have had Ms. Sahay Rose do a Needs Analysis after visiting the homes of the children. According to the social worker the children and families need regular orientation classes on personal health safety, sanitation, cleanliness and hygiene. It has been proposed to have these workshops after school so that the children, parents and teachers can all benefit from the same.
Shashikala came to Ashwini Charitable Trust (ACT) as an eleven year old girl. Her mother worked as a janitor in a mall. Her father who passed away recently, was then bedridden. She has 2 brothers, one a school dropout and the other pursuing distance education in order to support the family. Shashikala had a zeal to succeed, she just needed a sponsor to pay her college fees.
Thanks to the funds raised by Ashwini Charitable Trust Shashikala was able to go to college. She worked very hard on her Bachelor’s degree in Computer Application, secured 86% and was placed second in St. Joseph's College of ARTS and Science. As part of her overall development she was groomed to make presentations and interact with people from various walks of life . She was also invited by corporates to address their gathering at one of the Taj group of Hotels.
Later on Shashikala shared with us , how she was awestruck seeing the distinguished delegates who were so friendly with her.
Then one day a group of Ashwini children including Shashikala were invited to visit the Infosys Campus at Mysore for 3 days. This visit widened her horizons, she was determined to work in Infosys.
Some dreams do come true. Shashikala miraculously made it through several rounds of interviews and finally got a job at Infosys. After many decades of back breaking work Her mother no longer has to work to make both ends meet.
And today Shashikala’s dream has come true.
There are currently 250 children like Shashikala in ACT. Come join us and give wings to their dreams.