Situated on the outskirts of Dehradun, capital of the new state of Uttarakhand, are many villages with no access to good quality, affordable education. To reach the closest government run school, which is not progressive, would take the children 30 minutes to walk, battling 4 months of heavy monsoons & 3 months of harsh winters with cold Himalayan winds. Commuting to the town center via local transport is not an option for toddlers taking their 1st steps into a classroom.
Founded in 1985, the school has gone from strength to strength. From an initial 25 students in a tent, we now have 175 students who have well built classrooms, a computer lab, activity hall, a library, a multi-media room, badminton court, a children's park and a playground. These amenities coupled with interactive, progressive teaching methods, have ensured children get a foundation which enables their admission to excellent mainstream schools for secondary education and to universities.
Catering to 1st generation learners, the John Martyn Memorial School has ignited the desire for excellence in villagers, most of whom are unlettered, substance abusers, given to domestic violence. Empowering the children to complete secondary education, and graduation, JMMS has enabled the children's correct career choices, their critical thinking and their desire to change breaking the shackles of outworn tradition.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).