Education  India Project #15414

Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students

by Dream School Foundation
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students
Total Education Solution for Vulnerable students

We had outstanding results this year and YOU share the credit!

We are thrilled to announce that in contrast to the parched Karnataka state Pre-University results of 52%, it rained centum in DSF, with results of a whopping 91%! Accomplishing astounding results of 7 centum, our students proved their mettle, with our topper, Arbaz Ahmed, achieving 97% - just 2% less than the state topper in science! Scoring 100 in physics, he was a strong competitor to the 8 lakh students who attempted the exam this year. Rumiya Fathima, our topper in commerce with 95%, bagged the second place, effortlessly scoring 100 in Economics! Following closely, Ramya TM scored 93% with a cool 100 in Computer Science!

The success of our students is due to their grit, strongly supported by the combined efforts of our teachers, volunteers, mentors, and donors! These results not only reflect the focus, hard work, and potential of our students but also reinforce the impact your involvement and support can create!

Similarly, of the 7 lakh students who competed for the position of the topper, at the 10th standard state level examinations, achieving great heights of success is, Varsha V, who scored an astounding 99% - a mere one percent less than the state topper! She scored full marks in two subjects and secured the first position in DSF. Giving her good competition, Muskan Afreen scored 95.3%, with centum in one subject. Following closely, Abhijeet Singh Rawat and Shivam Kumar, scored 95%, with Abhijeet bagging centum in 2 subjects!

It is said that ‘Success does not lie in ‘results’ but in the ‘efforts’’, and it is indeed the tireless efforts of the students, teachers, volunteers and YOU, which has helped many students move one step closer to their dreams! These results stand testimony to the impact collective action can create!

Thank you for partnering with us in making the Right to Education real!

We look forward to your continued faith and support in our efforts, to create new possibilities for such highly deserving students!

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Class at DSF
Class at DSF

Every act of giving creates impact. It is more profound when it is towards something vital like education. Education creates opportunities for individuals that did not exist before, empowering not only them but their families as well. Your contribution has created such opportunities for hundreds of students from socio-economically vulnerable backgrounds, and changed the lives of their families. We are thrilled to share that all our students pursuing final year, graduated with flying colours this year and 90% of them are gainfully employed - thanks to you! Your support not only helped them gain a degree, but also equip them with skills, which will help them succeed in their careers of choice!

More than 10 million students graduated from various courses in India for the year 2015-16. With a difficult job market and employers looking for more than just degrees in prospective employees, only 50% of the graduates stand to get gainful employment. Having faced these odds, our student Ashwini, is now successfully employed in a job of her dreams at JP Morgan, India. Ashwini enrolled into our programme in 8th standard, just after she had lost her father. A single parent, her mother struggled to educate her and her twin brother and elder sister, and found support in DSF to fulfil her dream of all 3 children getting an education. Living with her mother, siblings and an ailing grandmother, a cheerful and happy-go-lucky girl, Ashwini had just one goal, to become a banker and make her mother proud. She attended classes regularly at DSF. “I found many mentors here who have shaped me since school. They have been great support systems when I needed it the most” she reminisces. Despite her mother’s health issues and financial condition of her house, she focused on her studies and pursued Bachelors in Commerce with grit. “Through DSF I was part of a mentoring programme at PWC, India. It required me to travel 40 km to and fro from my house, for few days, but it not only gave me lot of exposure, but also gave me an understanding of expectations in corporates and skills required. Soft skills workshops were out of my reach, that’s when DSF conducted finishing school workshops for us. I got to interact with professional trainers and experts, who trained me in various skills, right from communications skills, to how to attend interviews. This gave me confidence and was extremely useful for me when I attended interviews and helped me bag my dream job in such a big organization” says an excited Ashwini.

Being a son of a migrant labourer from a rural area, can limit opportunities leading to a predictable future. Ayyanar, who joined DSF in 8th standard came from one such family, from a village in interior Tamilnadu, where his parents had no education, and were clueless as to what their son’s future could look like. Coming from dire economic conditions, his parents did not think beyond providing two square meals to their children. Unassuming and reticent, Ayyanar, studied in a Tamil medium school. Although he was not very sharp in his academics, he was very good at hands on projects, creating the most complicated models with ease. Recognizing his creative bent of mind and his passion for it, his art teacher at DSF strongly recommended he follow Art as his career. With his parents expecting him to take up a regular job to support the family, it seemed as a far off dream. His financial condition and parents’ aspirations pushing him towards a run of the mill course, DSF’s support enabled him to choose a course he was passionate about. Enrolled for a Fine Arts programme, he started exceling in his studies, scoring distinction every year, which was far above the average marks he scored in 10th standard. His next challenge being English, he took up spoken English classes at DSF for better prospects. Taking up freelance projects for big organizations, he gained exposure and confidence. Today after completion of his BFA, he is employed with a renowned advertising firm, through a DSF contact. “His dream has become a reality. I never thought he would achieve so much in his life” beams his ecstatic mother.

Bright, hardworking and disciplined, is how teachers at DSF describe Sunil Kumar. Sunil is the eldest of two sons in a family of four, where his father is a driver and mother a housewife. Very keen on educating him, his parents enrolled him in DSF in 8th standard. Sunil lives in a small house with just a living room with a partition for a kitchen. Despite not having quiet and enough space to study, Sunil did extremely well in his academics, through sheer focus and determination. Ever keen on grabbing every opportunity to learn, he never missed a single class and workshop in DSF. “I had to pursue diploma instead of pre-university after my 10th standard, as my financial conditions required me to take up employment soon. Pursuing my Diploma in automobile engineering, I needed to equip myself with additional certificates if I had to get a well-paying job. Understanding my need, DSF supported me to pursue a course in a designing software. This, along with soft skills workshops, gave me an edge over others “, says a happy Sunil. Now working as a trainee in Mercedes Benz, Sunil has created a great possibility for himself and his family.

Your support has helped give exposure, polish skills, challenge predictable futures and upskill students from disadvantaged backgrounds, giving them equal opportunity as their peers. Thanks to you, hundreds of students like Ashwini, Ayyanar and Sunil now have a choice and pursue the careers of their dreams, which will transform theirs and their families lives!

Thank you for partnering with us in our mission to make the Right to Education real! We look forward to your continued support in making more dreams a reality!

Group discussion workshop
Group discussion workshop
Art class at DSF
Art class at DSF
Full fledged artist
Full fledged artist
Leader during school
Leader during school
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Finishing School workshop
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Computer Literacy
Computer Literacy

The close of every academic year brings a lot of anticipation with regard to the academic performance of our students, as well as, excitement of all the new possibilities that together we can create for them, in the coming year. This is also the time when all your support bears fruit in making the Right to Education real for hundreds of vulnerable children!

 This year too we have great reason to celebrate as students under our HeadStart programme, came out with flying colours in their SSLC examinations with 93% pass percentage! This is their first step towards creating a future for themselves and their families. 9 out of the top 10 scorers are girls. Aishwarya and Musab secured the first place with both scoring a studendous 95%!

 In the academic year 2015-16 facilities at our centers were enhanced with the acquiring of language lab software and additional computer systems, giving a boost to digital literacy and English language skills focus. Centers were equipped with state of the art laboratory facilities that helped them go beyond their textbooks and gain deeper understanding through experiential activities. This added value to our sessions and contributed tremendously to improving their learning levels. This combined with their determination and hard work helped them achieve such great results. Without your support we wouldn’t have been able to provide students access to such facilities and opportunities. Your contribution plays an extremely important role in their success!

 ‘‘I’m very happy with my results! I still have a long way to go, but I’ll work towards my dream with more determination now!” exclaimed an exhilarated Aishwarya, our topper. Student of a Municipal Corporation run school, she lost her father last year, putting the responsibility of educating her and her sisters, on her mother’s shoulders. Her mother now works to make ends meet. Among the top 3 scorers in all of Corporation schools in Bangalore, she has also secured the highest marks scored in SSCL exam in the history of her school! In the words of her Social studies teacher at school, “Aishwarya is extremely bright and ambitious, she is the pride of our school and all of us teachers!” The facilitators at DSF are always appreciative of her hard working and sincere nature. Determined to make a mark for herself, she aspires to become an IAS officer. We look forward to making her dream a reality, along with your support!

 It is the sheer hard work of students combined with the efforts of teachers, volunteers, donors and parents, which brings about breakthrough performances and stupendous results! Your partnership not only supports us to change the current reality of our students, but their families as well! We thank each one of you for your support in making the Right to Education a reality for deserving students and look forward to a continued association!

Exposure Visit - Planetorium
Exposure Visit - Planetorium
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Experiential Learning
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Teaching basics of computers to govt school kids
Teaching basics of computers to govt school kids

VOLUNTEERING AT DSF

One of our strong beliefs and the underlying philosophy of this organization is that every individual has the ability to contribute to the education and development of our children. In the last year, we strived to provide a platform and create structures that would enable volunteers to collaborate and drive change. Our focus this year was that people recognize volunteering as a way to play an active role in the development of the communities around them and in turn the world as a whole.

Volunteer involvement grew manifold this year with more students, individual and corporate volunteers stepping forward to support us in our mission. In addition to teaching, our volunteers were engaged in various activities, from communication, fundraising to serving as ambassadors of our organization.

We celebrated the International Volunteer Day (Dec 5) and month by conducting talks at various corporate houses on Individual Social Responsibility to motivate and make people aware of the possibilities and opportunities of voluntary work.

Our longstanding partners Target Corporation volunteered actively with our schools and centres.

A new partnership:

Spreading our wings and in our effort to expand our reach and create opportunities for volunteering beyond borders, we initiated a partnership with DIZ, an Indo-German cooperation organization that promotes youth volunteering. We aim to sensitize and enrol youth from around the world to contribute to the development of our children and create a global community of volunteers that would facilitate transfer of skills and experience across countries.

This partnership involved 2 batches of 3 volunteers spend 6 months each with us, during which time they supported our activities at the government schools and centres.

This ongoing partnership has been extremely fruitful and valuable to us. The young German interns contributed in various ways -

They added their inputs in teaching methodology as followed in Germany and participated in curriculum creation, which gave a fresh approach and perspective to our classes.

Armed with artistic skills they turned around some of our partner government schools by adorning their classroom walls with paintings which made the environment more conducive for education and the children learnt from the

Sports, music and theatre were other key skills they brought in which gave exposure and realise the potential, of our students at our summer camp and centres.

The students learnt more about the world and different cultures through interactions with the volunteers, which greatly contributed to their knowledge and confidence.

The year saw greater involvement of youth with students interning with us increasing 3 fold. Passionate youth from NIT suratkal, Ramaiah Institute of Technology, Christ College, Mount Carmel College, Ambedkar Medical College, and a few other local prestigious institutions, chose to spend their summer and semester break contributing to education and development, by interning with us. Coming from various backgrounds, from CA’s to medical students, they added tremendous value to our students, given their knowledge and exposure.

They played a significant role in our summer camp by strengthening the fundamentals of Mathematics and English of our students and igniting their curiosity through experiential learning in science. They also contributed tremendously in reaching out to communities around our centers and enrolling beneficiaries for our programmes and volunteers as mentors. They brought out the creative side of our students by training them in music, theatre and dance which proudly displayed at our Annual Day.

The year also witnessed greater participation of corporate volunteers, as employees from our partner organizations mentored our students and participated in various activities and events through the year.

Volunteers of the year:

Sharan

A Chartered Accountant by education and an ex-consultant from Ernst and Young, Sharan volunteered with us for 6 months, before he went on to to pursue his MBA from INSEAD, Singapore. Keen on giving back to the society, Sharan not only taught Accounts for the pre-university students at our center, but with his experience & contacts also helped us in our fund raising efforts. His passion for the subject and his ability to simplify it for better understanding made him a favourite of the students.

Vishal 

Passionate about teaching and making a difference through influencing young minds, Vishal, an English Literature student at Christ University, left his high flying career as a Chartered Accountant at Ernst and Young, to pursue his passion of teaching. He led our English and Accounts boot camp for pre-university students during their summer break and was also instrumental in bringing out the hidden potential of some of our students through an intensive one month long theatre workshop resulting in a play which was staged during our Annual function and was much appreciated by our partners and students alike.

Our German friends & Interns through DIZ
Our German friends & Interns through DIZ
Corporate Mentors interact with our students
Corporate Mentors interact with our students
Sharan with his students
Sharan with his students
Vishal in the classroom
Vishal in the classroom

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Student Connect

Every year end evokes mixed feelings, while we feel disheartened and alarmed at the thought of another year having flown past so quickly, we also feel contented at the achievements and progress made during the year. At DSF, 2015 was an eventful year – we celebrated our 10th anniversary, forged some wonderful partnerships, our Holistic School Development programme (HSDP) took a big leap and the HeadStart & TenPlus students’ achievements continued to make us proud as every year. Another extremely encouraging highlight of the year was the volunteer support and involvement in our work. Be it the young student interns, the corporate volunteers or veterans giving their time, it was a fulfilling year and once again reinforced our belief in our collective ability to make the Right to Education Real for our students.

The GlobalGiving community have been a strong and silent support and we are ever so thankful for your continued partnership. Here is a brief overview on our TenPlus programme and the activities over the year. A bulk of the progress seen below would not be achieved without the critical support rendered by you.

You have enabled the Higher Education of 545 socio-economically vulnerable students and opened a new world of opportunities for them!

Here among others we have 5 Doctors, 58 Engineers, 108 B.com, 57 B.Sc/BCA/BBM professionals in the making !!

TEN PLUS PROGRAMME & PROCESS

  • SELECTION & CAREER GUIDANCE

The first quarter of the year involved student counselling, college & course selection and scholarship disbursal. Career guidance sessions – group wise and one-to-one for all selected students. Parent meetings – In-depth discussion to plan the course ahead and information sharing about various available courses & colleges.

  • CONNECT WITH STUDENTS

Various programmes for PreUniversity, Diploma & Graduate programme students conducted in addition to the regular academic coaching classes. Leadership Development Workshops on Self Expression and Presentation Skills conducted by our Founder Director Sabu Joseph. Various Life-Skills sessions conducted by our in-house and guest resource persons for personality development, confidence building, also a session on 5S (Five S), It is a systematic and methodical approach allowing teams to organise their workplace in the safest and most efficient manner.

  • COMMUNICATION & LANGUAGE

Regular communication skills sessions with special focus on spoken English are being conducted on weekends by qualified language teacher (volunteer). Lotus Language Lab software for functional English has been installed on 10 laptops at the centres – made available to all Ten Plus students. Boot Camp – Computer Programming & Special Spoken English sessions

  • MENTORING

Nearly 50% students at the Graduate level were assigned mentors. Mentoring sessions going reasonably well and we are continuously working on improving the programme.

  • PARENT INTERFACE

A series of parent workshop modules were conducted over the past three months by our DSF staff members. These engagements helped to establish a stronger bond with the parent community. House visits done for nearly 80% students helped us understand their reality and structure our support more effectively.

  • EXPOSURE VISITS AND EVENTS

Exposure visits to industry – PWC, Fidelity, Target Corporation, Microsoft Tech Vista Meet

Six girls participated in the WE Tech Innovation Challenge and won the second place in the Bangalore Circle.

DSF Partners Meet where students participated in theatre, dance, music etc.

Together we are bringing about a transformation in not only the lives of the students but also their families and community. And we need to continue to keep this going, till there is another child deprived of education, we need to work to Make her Right to Education Real!!

While you make the dreams of the children come true,  We wish you a world of Happiness in the New year and Happy Holidays !!!

Warm Wishes,

DSF TEAM

Leadership Development
Leadership Development
Parent Interactions
Parent Interactions
University Students
University Students
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Dream School Foundation

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
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Project Leader:
Maitreyee Kumar
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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