'The Indian Express', a reputed newspaper of India, carried an article about our school under the title, "A school sans syllabus" in its paper dated 3rd November 2016. An image of the article is attached. Thee out of system also speak to Indian Express. Please read....
Daanish, 15 years.
"I am from Bengaluru. We had difficulties at home. But my mother encouraged me to study. But I was not interested in going to school. Instead, I found happiness in cutting classes, and used to roam around theaters, parks etc.
My mother came to know about Kaliyuva Mane through one of her friends. So I joined Kaliyuva Mane about 2½ years ago. Initially I thought that Kaliyuva Mane was also a regular school and a regular hostel. I had my own fears of joining this. Gradually, I started experiencing an environment of home. Initially I was not interested in studies. But the Kaliyuva Mane environment motivated me to study. I also started putting my efforts. This year, I have appeared for 10th standard examinations. I have a feeling that this school helps me to score good marks.
I want to become a good teacher in future."
Suma, 15 years
"I joined this school in 2012, when I was 11½ years old. I was not studying well in my previous schools and used to get through by copying. Due to family problems, my sister was sent to Bengaluru to work. My father was in search of a hostel for me, when someone recommended this school.
I was taken to All India Institute of Speech and Hearing for IQ testing and assessment of my academic level. My IQ was 100, but my knowledge level was that of UKG level. I was taught the alphabets and how to write my name in English here at Kaliyuva Mane. With the help of the teachers I am now preparing for 10th examinations this year. I am excited about taking my exams."
Divya Deepa Charitable Trust, which runs an informal school named "Kaliyuva Mane" helped 7 children clear the 10th standard board examination (SSLC) in 2016.
Three school dropouts and four first-generation-school-goers (those children who have uneducated parents) have cleared their board examination (SSLC) in the year 2016.
The profiles of the children are provided below:
CHANDU (16 years): Chandu's family stays in a hut in Ekalavyanagara on the outskirts of Mysore city. Both her parents are not educated. Mother does odd jobs to take care of the family, as her husband does not contribute to the family. Having dropped out from two schools, Chandu was working as a child labourer in Bengaluru city. Due to the intervention of her relative, she joined a hostel, run by an NGO and rejoined another school, but again to drop out. On 04-11-2012, at the age of 12 years 9 months, Chandu joined our school as a resident scholar. She started learning from alphabets and numbers. She has passed SSLC examinations securing 58% aggregate marks.
Yogesh Pointing (15 years, 9 months): Both the parents of Yogesh Ponting are post graduates and belong to an economically middle-class family. His mother works as a Head Mistress of a convent and father as an astrologer in Chennai. Yogesh during his 9th standard, unable to perform in studies, has dropped out of school. His parent's efforts to resume his studies in other schools ended up in vain, as he found himself as a misfit the regular schools. On 03-09-2014, Yogesh joined our school, which provided him fine emotional atmosphere and opportunity to study at his own pace. He has passed SSLC examinations securing 72% aggregate.
Mahesh M.K. (18 years): Mahesh's parents are from a rural area and belong to a Below Poverty Line farming community. Mahesh studied up to 4th standard and dropped out. He joined our school on 15-05-2011. He was 13 years old when he joined our school and only knew to write his name in mother language Kannada. He has passed in all the subjects in the board examination and now he is planning to join a vocational training.
First Generation School Goers:
Basavaraju J.V. (16 years): Both the parents of Basavaraju are uneducated and belong to a rural area. They belong to a Below Poverty Line family. On 21-05-2013, Basavaraju joined Kaliyuva Mane after completing 7th standard from a rural school. He hugely lagged in his studies when he joined our school. He has passed SSLC examinations securing 61.3% aggregate.
Santosh C. (16 years): Both the parents of Santosh are uneducated and belong to a rural area. Santosh is a first batch student of our school. He has passed SSLC examinations securing 53% aggregate marks.
Ravi Kumara S. (16 years,8 months): Ravi’s parents are not educated and belong to a rural area. Ravi completed 7thstandard from a Kannada medium (regional language) rural school but was hugely lagging behind in studies. Later he joined our school on 07-06-2013. He has passed SSLC examinations securing 50% aggregate marks.
Shankar S. (16 years): Shankar’s parents are slightly educated and belong to a rural area. On 02-06-2014, Shankar joined our school after completing 9th standard from another school in Kannada medium (regional language) but was lagging behind in studies. Now Shankar has passed SSLC examinations securing 60% aggregate marks.
We wish all the children a bright future ahead.
We will continue our efforts to ensure that the opportunity deprived and out-of-the-system children get back to their studies and reach their full potential.
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