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Village to School

by The John Martyn Memorial Trust
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Village to School
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Village to School
Village to School
Village to School
Village to School
Village to School
Village to School

We are incredibly thankful to our donors and supporters for their kindness and help towards our school and children.

The opening of the school was full of enthusiasm and excitement; students got their new classes and teachers the new students for the year. After all the planning and working the school started on 10th April ’19.

English Workshop-The class started from 18th April’19 ,by our resource person Mrs.Promila Mahajan.The program helped the staff to enhance their vocabulary and develop their skills. The program lasted on 8th May.

Investiture’s ceremony-On 27th April’19 the ceremony started with arrival of the chief guest Mr.and Mrs.Madan and honorable guests.The captains and house captains were honored with badges and flags followed by the oath ceremony and the motivational speech by our chief guest.

SPIC MACAY -On 24th April’19.Spic Macay organized a Manipuri dance form Chattria or Hottria in our institution ,performed by Ms.Meenakshi Medhi.She taught some exercises and gave a stunning performance based on the life of Sri Krishna.It was worth watching. On 13th May’19.again we had an excellent program of Sitar recital by Mr. Vishal Mishra, organized by Spic Macay.He sang the ragas and made children aware of the instrumental music.

Green Waste Management Unit- On 22nd May’19 the ‘Pramukh’organization held a general awareness and development program in our school. All the students along with the parents attended the program. In which they gave the demonstration on how to convert waste into compost and secondly awareness about waste and waste management.

This year we celebrate our 34th Founders’ year with a school that is filled with happy, confident children, children who are well prepared to step into higher classes in mainstream schools. All this and more, only with your loving support. Thank you again!

by Shubham 
"Jin labon par paabandiyaan lagi hain
Unki dabi khaamoshiyan niklengi
Azaadiyaan jinke khwaabon mein
Un aankhon ki betaabiyaan niklengi
In lafzon se jab jalengi mashaalen
Raaton ki chupi sachchayiaan niklengi"
Those lips which have restrictions on them,
Their suppressed silences will speak
Those eyes which have liberation hidden in them,
Their restlessness will speak.
When my words will light the torches,
The hidden truths of these nights will speak.
I met young Shubham, then only 8 years old, at the John Martyn Memorial School, where I volunteered thrice a week for 4/5 years. We, the Trustees, had initiated our children graduating from JMMS to mainstream Schools. Shubham stood out as the perfect candidate for The Doon School - he was bright, disciplined, articulate, an artist, expressive and showed promise. Shubham remained under our eagle eye for 2 years as we prepared him for his entrance exam which he cleared and realised our dream of stepping into the portals of the great school.
Our elation was soon followed by anxious moments as Shubham was reprimanded again and again...
As Shubham says "First few years in the Doon School were full of trying moments through which I shedded some old parts of my personality and found some new ones as I moved ahead. But it all came at a price. I was suspended  for some errors that I made during those struggling times. I found myself alone on many occasions and went through times when I had lost all hope of getting back up to the position which everyone expected me to be at. It took some time but I finally found my way out of it. From being on the verge of getting expelled from the school I came back to being the person who led the school as it's boxing captain in my finaI year! I also became the Hindi editor of the school's weekly newspaper and on my final assembly I was awarded the highest honor in school, the School Colours for  leadership qualities. On the same day I also launched a collection of my own hindi poems which was loved by both masters and  students.
Currently I am studying at the Ashoka University in Sonipat, Delhi-NCR on full financial aid where I plan to pursue a degree in literature and media studies. I have written 300 poems over the past ten months and plan to publish a collection soon. Along with my studies I am also doing voluntary work with various Social Development groups and organisations and was also recognised by the globally recognised Ashoka Foundation as a young change maker working for the betterment and sustainability of our society.
I attribute my success to the firm foundation laid in childhood at the John Martyn School by my teachers and mentors Mr.Arijit Banerji & Ms.Neelu Khanna; the lessons I learnt about perseverance, integrity, compassion, working as a team have taken me so far." 
Thank you donors for believing in our cause! Thank you  for so generously supporting our primary school which has a vision of considerate, compassionate,  fearless, well informed citizens who can make the right choice. Shubham is back on track and with your support we can make the school and it's children stand out as shining stars!
JMMS Teachers
JMMS Teachers

The journey towards literacy should be exciting and rewarding for every child. As educators we strive to understand the rationale behind behavior, of a certain age, but as soon as we do that, the game changes and we are left scrambling to meet a whole new stage of development. Change is normal and responding to a child with patience and an open mind leads to new learning milestones for educators and the child.

In this Newsletter, we would like to introduce three children who joined the school at age 4, shy and tongue tied, but have made remarkable progress. Thank you for sponsoring individual children. We'd be glad to provide profiles of children you may wish to sponsor.

Our grateful and heartfelt thanks to your hand holding and support over the years that has enabled us to train and counsel our staff regularly, enabling them to grow personally and professionally, to make learning a joyous process.


 Vaidanshi, who lives with her grand mother,strikes you with her great deportment, her earnestness and quiet composure which belie her 9 years. Conversing with her, you realize she is a very intelligent, talented girl who is an accomplished artist, with a keen understanding of Math which she excels in and has a great sense of rhythm. Confident and sincere, Vaidanshi is aspiring to join the Civil Administrative Service to clean up our country and care for the environment.


One is drawn to Ravisha, 8, whose eyes  twinkle with mischief and intelligence  A responsible and sincere student, Ravisha is a team player who is ever helpful. Good at all subjects, Ravisha, the daughter of a cook, is a 1st generation learner who wants to do many things in life - she wants to fly, dance,  teach, travel.  


A budding Messi in the making, Anshuman executes a neat kick into the goal, each chance he gets! In addition, Anshuman loves inventing new things and is forever experimenting in the arts and crafts class to make that one thing which will be useful and bring him fame! With his head teeming with ideas, Anshuman is yet grounded, well mannered, amiable and good at Math. Son of semi literate parents, loves his young sister and wants her to excel too!

Education is the most compelling means to initiate social change and improve community development in India. The role of education, both urban and rural, can never be over emphasised in the growth of the country’s economy. Although education in the urban areas has progressed rapidly during the last few decades, there are still some villages where education is not given sufficient priority. Rural education is important not only for the enhancement of the quality of life of the rural community, but also for the overall progress and development of the country.

The John Martyn Memorial School (JMMS) was set up in 1985, in Salangaon, Dehradun, as a response to the desperate need for a good primary education of children from 20 surrounding villages. Children from impoverished families, who had no access to quality education, were provided with an opportunity to create a strong foundation of learning for a brighter future. The Founders’ recognised the importance of rural education to not only eradicate poverty and illiteracy, but as a vehicle for social, economic, cultural and political change.

We have evolved over the last 34 years growing from 25 students in a tent to 175 students in 7 classes from Nursery to grade 5. Bare feet are now covered in snug shoes; children who did not know how to hold a pen are going to main stream schools. Our children proactively walk to school or wait on their bus routes, eagerly waiting to learn something new.

When so much as changed, we have decided to evolve the way we ‘teach’ as well. Slowly and steadily, we have welcomed and adopted the new pedagogy available, merging traditional methods with computer based learning which reinforces concepts and enhances learning outcomes. Timely workshops are organised to revise the skills of teachers and discuss best practices that can be implemented across platforms. “Lesson planning brings about clarity of thought and streamlines the approach to teaching”, points out teacher trainer Meenakshi Basu. “The teacher workshops have taught us to understand a child’s perspective and learn about challenges that they face while studying”, says Ms.D Bhatt. Talking about her last big takeaway from a workshop, she quickly adds, “Associating words and letters with pictures has been a successful learning technique with the children”.

As we step into new territories and continue our learning, we would like to convey a heartfelt thank you to all who have supported us through our journey and relentlessly backed our endeavours. Your generous donations are helping us provide essential learning tools and much more to our children.

It's been an extraordinary year as we see our school leavers soaring to new heights of excellence. After graduating from mainstream schools like The Doon School to gain 100% scholarship to prestigious Ashoka University, or making a mark at Manipal University, or being in the first 10 at academics at a leading day school, Summer Valley, or returning  to their Alma mater as teachers – our children have done us proud!


We have spent time reflecting whether we want our children to acquire language skills of comprehension and fluency or excel in Math or Physics?  Or do we go beyond text books and help them to connect with the world around them? Help them imbibe life skills, help them grow in all be able to appreciate beauty around them, be concerned friends, good citizens, caring individuals with a love of knowledge?


 In keeping with John Martyn's legacy of holistic education where children are deeply rooted in their culture and surroundings and yet connected to the wider world, we strive to pay attention to all competencies - be it culture, creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, citizenship or communication.


We support the right of every child to have access to quality education, to bridge social and gender gaps, to enhance learning outcomes and to equip the children with a skill set.


It's an immense that cannot be achieved without making education our priority, not just for our children but for the under-served who need our support. 


Thank you very much for the loving support you gave us for our recent fundraiser. Let us together build future citizens for India who are morally upright, have integrity, correct thinking and the ability to make the right choices.  You could continue to support us via the following links:






Author :                Neelu Khanna

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The John Martyn Memorial Trust

Location: Dehradun - India
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Project Leader:
Neelu Khanna
Dehradun, India

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