This project aims to improve the quality of education in an all girls' government school of 1000 students in Chengalpattu block, near Chennai city in southern India by way of:
1. Construction of new drinking water tank with purification system
2. Water connection to washrooms (presently 5% have water flow)
3. Improve quality of nursing & garment production training offered
4. Begin a course in beauty care & soft skills
5. Begin tutorials for entrance exam to technical polytechnics
The govt. backed education system in India is very minimalistic w.r.t. visualizing the composite needs of quality school education. Lack of practical learning opportunities & resource constraints for asset maintenance are major challenges faced by millions. Here the focus is an all girls' senior secondary school of 1000 students near Chennai with no proper drinking water & washroom facilities for lack of fund flow. The skills training offered are not market aligned & thus offer no job prospects.
1. Construction of a new drinking water tank fitted with water purification system & extending water connection to the washrooms - Most girls attending this school have reached puberty & without the above two facilities, they are forced to stay away from school every month for a few days eventually dropping out.
2. Skills Training - Redesigning of curriculum as per market, developing laboratories, teachers' training, introducing soft skills & initiating new courses to enhance employability.
Parents of girls attending this school work as farm hands, domestic helps earning US$ 100 - 155/month. Ensuring that their daughters, first generation learners complete school education is a cherished dream & involves an arduous struggle. Proposed steps to strengthen hygiene issues & the quality of vocational training would result in reducing drop out rates by 40% & increase placements from 0 to 55% - 60% w.r.t. the 300 pass outs/year. Annually, 4000 - 5000 individuals will be impacted.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).