Education
 India
Project #9357

Educate 850 Underprivileged Children In India

by U&I
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Everyday U&I strives to bring about change within our community. This change is driven by our volunteers. They are the true heroes! The enthusiasm and dedication shown by U&I's Chennai Chapter never fails to surprise us. They work tirelessly for their students. Relatively a new chapter, they have grown tremendously in the past year. They currently work at two centers. 

Hope you enjoy reading Karthikeyan’s experience at the Center and the effectiveness of the Flippen Tools! 

This change would be impossible without supporters like you. Your generosity will directly benefit the students and their families.

Thank you once again for your support and belief in U&I.


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Winning team!
Winning team!

Heroes, those incredible men and women we remember with awe. We admire them, we strive to be like them, but who will dare to become them? The volunteers at U&I strive to become heroes to the kids that they teach. In lieu of the new academic year, U&I has been busy recruiting, training and planning. Every year, U&I trains more than 50 young people to provide leadership to their respective teams. This year, 55 leaders from across South India attended a two day leadership conference.The two days were dedicated to help the volunteers become better leaders. They were engaged in team building activities and vision forecasting for the upcoming academic year. U&I’s co-founder, Satish; based his leadership training based on John Maxwells five levels of leadership.

Chandan has been volunteering with U&I for the past three years. To have watched him grow as a person has been an incredible experience. He has grown into a confident and committed leader. He says that he has stayed with U&I for three years because of the children he teaches. He wants to help them fulfill their dreams and reach their full potential. When asked about the leadership conference he said, “it is the best thing that has happened to me with respect to my personality. I learn something new about myself at every U&I training. I feel encouraged and supported by my U&I family." 

This academic is year is going to be the best one yet. Chandan wants the children he teaches to be self sufficient, "I want them to be able to study well and enjoy learning." U&I is extremely excited for the upcoming year. We hope to accomplish meaningful work with your help. 

Thank you for all the support that you have extended towards us. Your belief in us and the work that we do is amzing. You allow us to create change. 

Thank you again!

Leadership Team 2015
Leadership Team 2015
John Peter with the U&I volunteers
John Peter with the U&I volunteers

John is 12 years old. The first time Jeevitha, a U&I Teach manager met him was at Ashwini Charitable Trust. John is one of the 44 children that come to ACT for English classes. Looking back, the first interaction that she had to have with John was an unpleasant one. The volunteers who taught him complained about his behavior. John was a handful to deal with during class. His constant interruptions and attention seeking tactics were not received well by the volunteers. Being a teach manager, Jeevitha took responsibility for him. She took personal interest in his work and started to sit in on his classes.

U&I uses flippen tools in all our classrooms. As part of that culture, it was time to pick a child to end the class with a launch. John was her first choice. However, he declined every day. He would see Jeevitha at a distance and bolt in the opposite direction. After much coaxing and pleading he finally agreed to do the launch. John talked about honesty. He believes that honesty is the key to a successful and happy life. He encouraged everyone to be honest because he saw no other way of life.

A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group is the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres.

Flippen tools have impacted the U&I culture in a huge way. The children, volunteers and staff have incorporated it into their lifestyle. We hope to spread this culture across India. It is your constant support and belief in us that allows us to make this kind of impact. Thank you for your help and dedication. 

Kavya, Auxilia, Netra and Sneha are 10th grade girls from one of U&I’s Learning Centers. They are at a crucial stage of their lives because of the academic pressure kids face in India during the 10th grade. Amidst the fear and anticipations they say they are having fun in 10th grade. Auxilia said “Homework and projects have multiplied this year compared to 9th grade, but the feeling of being seniors, in the highest class of our school is lovely.” Their common problem is with Hindi. Sneha said, “We are just focused on graduating. Hindi brings us nightmares, if we can’t understand simple words, then how can we write essay type answers?”. When asked how they are managing, Netra said “The countdown has already begun in our school- 8 months more, 6 months more... fast moving days worry us”. The year is almost wrapping up for these girls and their reasons for graduating the10th grade was eloquently put across by Kavya, “I am desperate to just pass this exam in order to get a degree. I only want to work and support my family and nothing else.” 

 

Along with children our teaching volunteers are equally anxious.The children share a strong and genuine bond with the volunteers. The volunteers are especially able to empathize with the children who are about to graduate the tenth grade since they have been there themselves.

The past three months have been challenging as well as incredibly inspiring. The U&I teach program is ever-expanding. U&I is up and running in four other Indian cities- Mumbai, Mysore, Coimbatore and Chennai. We are currently teaching over 458 women, children and men. We have recruited over 650 volunteers who are teaching over 5000 hours in 8 weeks.

As the year comes to an end and we reflect upon the past year, team U&I is grateful for the support that we have received. It is because you that children like Sneha are able to make their dreams a reality. We want to say a huge thank you for believing in the work that we do and positively impacting the lives of these children. With your continuous support, we are certain that these children will become pillars of success in their communities. Your support fills us with gratitude. Thank you, again.

 

Dear Friend and Partner of U&I

We've had a great start to a new academic year and are thrilled to share this journey with you! We have partnered with 4 more organisations, setting up new Learning Centres in their facilities and have also increased the teaching courses in Learning Centres of already existing partners. As of today the U&I Teach Programme has 25 classes a week, offering English and Tuition lessons in 11 Learning Centres set up in partnership with 8 organisations here in Bangalore. 

A highly valued partner in the U&I Teach programme this year is the Flippen Group. Established in 1991, the Flippen Group the largest educator training organisation in North America today and has been working in countries across the globe, changing the learning environments in schools and learning institutions. We have been immensely blessed to have trainers from the Flippen Group work with us to customise classroom management tools to fit the needs of our Learning Centres. They also conducted a 2-day training session for all the volunteer leaders and staff and we have since then implemented these tools in all our Learning Centres. 

We began the academic year with an intensive 2-day workshop for all the volunteer leaders during which they were given leadership training, introduced to the various roles within the U&I Teach Programme, the tools that would help them work efficiently and the value of teams which they learnt through a number of fun team-building activities. 
We also had the Annual Orientation for the 500 volunteers who have signed up for this year. It was a day of much learning, inspiration and lots of fun. Smaller orientations were also conducted to introduce the volunteers to the curriculum, schedules and their roles for the year.
Here is an overview of all our Learning Centres, the children we reach and the courses we teach.
  • Ashwini Charitable Trust: This is an NGO that provides non-formal education to the underprivileged children. The English course we run here has 43 students from Standards 3 to 7 and the Tuition course has 24 students from Standards 8 to 10. 
  • Good Shepherd Home: This is one of our new Learning Centres and it is an orphanage run by the nuns of the Good Shepherd Convent. These girls study in a nearby government school. We teach 25 girls in our English course here. 
  • Citizen's Foundation: This is also one of our new Learning Centres. It is an orphanage that provides accommodation, food and schooling to orphans. They currently have 26 students who are enrolled in our English course.
  • Chaitanya: Chaitanya is run by the Sisters of the Good Shepherd Convent. It is a hostel for young girls studying in St. Euphrasias High School. We have 24 students in the English as well as the Tuition Course that we run here. 
  • Sparsha Trust: A new partner of U&I, Sparsha Trust is a home for children who have been abandoned, orphaned or neglected by their family and community. Most of the children at the home have never been to a school or have dropped out after a couple of years. We teach English to the 25 children in this home using a very basic curriculum since these children have missed a number of years of schooling. 
  • Karunalaya: Karunalaya is a home for 24 underprivileged children. The home is run by an elderly couple who provide for the shelter, education and medical care of these children. Here we conduct both English and Tuition classes 
  • Refugee Home: The Refugee Home is the 4th new Learning Centre Partner and it is a home for children rescued from trafficking. It has 28 children at present for whom we conduct English classes and also help with school work. 
  • Snehadeep Trust: This is a home and training institute for visually impaired students. At present there are 22 students here who are taught their course work in a Tuitions programme run by U&I.

We are really looking forward to this year and the positive impact its going to have on these wonderful children. All this is made possible by your continued support and encouragement. Thank you once again for believing in what we do here at U&I and for partnering with us to BE THE CHANGE within our communities in need.

 

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U&I

Location: Bangalore, Karnataka - India
Website: http:/​/​www.uandi.org.in
Project Leader:
Ajit Sivaram
Bangalore, Karnataka India

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