Education  India Project #27580

Back to School - 300 Children in India

by Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society
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Back to School - 300 Children in India
Back to School - 300 Children in India
Back to School - 300 Children in India
Don Bosco representative handing over the phone
Don Bosco representative handing over the phone

Don Bosco veedu society has been supporting children in education since years. We recently identified three children who were finding it difficult for attending online classes as well as coaching classes for entrance examination due to lack of smart phones which are the major access for online education platform since the pandemic. The children were identified through one of our project titled IMPACT which aims in providing free entrance coaching for the children who aim for entrance examination for their higher studies and are not able to afford going for advanced entrance coaching classes.

These children are very brilliant in studies and has acquired excellent scores in their annual examinations. They were constantly missing out the sessions through online since they joined the coaching classes. We conducted a home visit for the children who were missing out sessions and interacted with them. The reason for them for not attending was they did not have any smart phones for them to attend the sessions conducted. They were using the smart phones of their father or mother or some neighbour for the classes and mostly they face the lack of availability during the scheduled time of sessions.

Don Bosco Veedu Society with the help of GlobalGiving donors as well as local sponsors was able to mobilise the fund for buying them three smart phones each so that they can attend every educative session without any delay. Each smart phones cost around 8000 INR.

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Since the pandemic has affected every sectors across our country, the educational institutions are shut down as part of precautionary measures for fighting COVID 19. The government has introduced online education where the children can receive education through mass medias from their own homes. This can be made practical only when the children has access to the infra structures through which online sources can be accessed such as smart television and internet connections.

The problem emerged when the innovative way of providing education was implemented across Kerala. There were exemption cases where the children couldn’t access to the mass media as they were not able to afford buying smart televisions in their home.  Thus poverty became a major factor in providing the children with quality education.  Don Bosco Veedu society with the help of GlobalGiving has donated 12 smart televisions for the children who lack access to the technologies. The televisions were provided as a step to prevent drop outs with the reason of lack of technologies.

We collaborated with an American Malayalee group called “Stand with Kerala” and identified 12 children who are in need of smart television for pursuing their education during this pandemic period. We organised the event in the presence of Hon’ble minister Shri.  Kadakampalli Surendran ( Ministster of tourism and devaswom, Government of Kerala). The parents of the children were called upon and the televisions were handed over to them.The televisons were distributed and the feedback was collected from the beneficiaries. The whole event was documented and uploaded in You tube. The link is provided below.

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Notebooks distribution
Notebooks distribution

Distribution of Notebooks

Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society with the help of GlobalGiving donors supported 50 underprevilaged with notebooks and pens. These children are identified through our Child HELPLINE. The children belong to the district of Trivandrum, Kerala. The children were identified during the home visit by the team members. Notebooks are distributed among the needy children. Their smile and interest in studies motivated the team

The distribution were carried during the month of december, january and February. The distribution supported the children with new notebooks and pens. A student commented that her father was bedridden and her mother is an homemade and her family find it difficult to support her with materials. The timely help from Don Bosco was a reason that she continued her education.

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Nandhu and Sharat are siblings and they have a dysfunctional family. Hence the children had not been to school though they are 14 and 12 years of age. It was through a tip off to our child helpline that we came to know about them. Our team reponded with a visit to their home. As there were not any reponsible adults to look after them, the children were into some bad habits like drug addiction and they were often roaming with freinds and almost never at home. After convincing the relatives both the chidlren were rescued, produced before the judicial committe and sheltered at our own home.

It was a herculian task to get them learn the basics of language and through strenuous efforts we mananged to teach them to read and write. Another equally tedious task was to get them to regular school as they were not used to a disciplined life. There were lots of 'dropping outs' and 'bringing ins'.  However through sustained follow up now both of them are rather regular in school and are interested in learning.

It is always difficult to bring back children who have dropped out of regular education as often it is also due to the fact that children have lost interest in education due to lack of fundamentals in smaller classes. It is equally difficult to eudcate children who are older and who have never been to school before.

Thank you for  your sustained support to get chidlren back to schools and it is education that can empower them!

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Another Summer vacation is over and children are into the new school year. After this year's summer vacation camp we have distributed school materials including school bags, umbrella, books, instrument box and water bottles. The initial expenses to begin the school year is always difficult for the poorer section of the society.

From over 400 requests towards school materials across the district through helpline for children, we were able to provide over 220 school bags to the chidren through help recieved from different quarters. There are still many chidlren who do not have sufficient means to support themselves to go regularly to school.

As initial cost for schooling in India even in Government run schools is high including uniforms and school materials, often poorer children sometimes find it difficult to continue education. This is an area needing more resources. Thanks for your generosity!

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Trivandrum Don Bosco Veedu Society

Location: Trivandrum, Kerala - India
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Project Leader:
Fr. Saji SDB
Trivandrum, Kerala India
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