Project #12840

Reducing school drop outs in rural India

by Kalanjiyam Trust

The new school year started in June 2016 and the project activities were continued in ongoing manner.  Since this is a new year, planning for the coming school year was also done including assessment of students and areas for improvements. 

  • Comprehensive School Assessments were conducted in each of the project school through an in-depth interview with the teachers and Head Mistress, and through observations in order to know more about the school and school environment, identify gaps and needs, and prepare a comprehensive plan of action.
  • Various needs identified through the school assessment have been fulfilled by the Project in each of the schools over the course of the project year. 
  • Activity-based, interactive after-school tuitions and special classes are being held for slow learners.
  • Computer classes have been initiated conducted by para-teachers in association with class teachers

A meetings of parents was organized in some of the schools. The main focus of the meeting was to address some of the issues related to children. The meeting served as a platform to engage with the parents on issues such as school regularity, punctuality, and child nutrition, personal hygiene of children, and child health not only physical but emotional and mental health and child abuse. Parents were encouraged to view the world from the child’s perspective and provide greater attention to the child’s needs. The resource person stressed more on the importance of paying attention and listening to children as most of the parents never do it in their day-to-day life due to work pressure.

Awareness/ counselling session was conducted for students of IVth and Vth class. The session was divided into three parts- a general discussion with the boys and girls separately and a one-on-one interactive session. The topics addressed for the girls included self-awareness, self-worth and sexual abuse. The topics for boys included behaviour, discipline and self-awareness. Many students used the opportunity for one-on-one interactions with the Counsellor and discussed their deepest concerns.  Based on the activity conducted during group counselling session, few children were identified with serious problems at home, including neglect, low self-esteem, aggression issues etc. One-on-one counselling with the counsellor helped the children to share and expressed their anxiety and feelings.

Gender segregated group counselling and individual counselling was provided to students of class V in select project schools. A specific need for counselling for these children was raised by teachers owing to the declining levels of discipline among the boys of the class. A counselling session was organised for these children. The counsellor addressed the issue of discipline and good behaviour for the boys; and provided awareness to the girls about sexual abuse and how to protect themselves in such situations.

Handwriting competitions in English and Tamil were conducted class-wise for all students in project schools. Printed texts were provided and the students were asked to copy the texts in their best handwriting onto a sheet of paper in the given time of 45 minutes for each language. One prize and one consolation prize per language were given to the students with the best handwriting in each of the classes. The winners were chosen on the basis of good handwriting, clarity, neatness, spacing and least mistakes (spelling and punctuation). The prizes for the same were distributed.  Individual feedback was also provided to the students and teachers about improvements that can be made. The teachers expressed their happiness and gratitude for having conducted such a competition.

Three-day summer camps were conducted in some project schools. The key objective and goal of summer camp was to bring out the latent talents of the children and to teach them new forms of arts and crafts, and other extra-curricular activities. The camp were held in April for students of classes III & IV, and nearly 100 students participated. The children were divided into teams of three and were asked to remain in those teams till the end of the camp. On all three days of the summer camp at each of the schools, the day started with games for the children and was followed by arts and crafts and dance. Fun games were conducted at regular intervals in order to ensure that the children’s energy levels do not dip. Refreshments were given twice in order to keep the energy levels up in the face of the summer heat. On the concluding day, all the participants were given a gift as token of appreciation for having attended the camp. All the artwork and craftwork has been collected and stored, and shall be given to the students only after it is displayed in an exhibition after school reopens.

Thanks to all donors for their generous contributions.

Dear Friends,

We are happy to share with you that your support has made considerable contributions to help rural schools students.  Over the last few months the project provided more 1000 note books to the rural children who had lost all their notebooks during the heavy rains in Tamil Nadu. Children in more than 15 schools benefitted by the efforts. Each student was given three to four notebooks based on the class they were studying. 

Schools started Another 600+ children were provided health care check up after school started follwoing the rains in Tamil Nadu.  Many of the children were having health problems, fevers, severe cold/ cough etc and were not able to attend school.  Our project staff organized for health camps to be conducted in each of the primary, middle and high school, so that children can checked and proivded medicines they required. Many of the chilren were having skin problems

The project also supported to conduct after school tutiions and extra coaching in all the supported the schools. Starting in January, after the rains, the children were found to have considerable difficulty with their studies- the problems they had were memory problems, lack of attention, poor recall of lessons and some had completely forgotten the basics.  So they have required considerable coaching.  The project staff have been working with all the children after school every day, helping to get them back into shape, so that they can pass the upcoming exams. 

Rural students also have challenge with getting adequate nutrition; during their exams all students need good nutriiton. so the project has been supporting this component by providing vegetables to the noon meal provided in the schools. Another support has been providing extra nutritious snack after school during the coaching classes. This is very beneficial to the students, and they are able to have sufficient energy for the long hours of studying from morning to evening.  The project will continue to provide this till the completion of the exams in march/ April. 

We thank all the well wishers for your support and we believe that all our rural students will successfully finish this school year. 


Kalanjiyam team

The villages where Kalanjiyam works, are severely affected by incessant rains ; currently the sitatution is getting worse and many families are losing their homes and are in need of shelter and basic amenities.  We are now trying to do as much relief work as possible in this dire situation - the communiteis have informed the first requirement is food supplies, clothing and other basics.  So we are mobilsing and providing these to our villagers.  Presently 50 families have completely lost their homes and we are planning to support them through this difficult period. Kalanjiyam field office is becoming a shelter and we expect the situation will worsen in the next few days before things subsize.  We appeal to all you well wishers to once again support us now in this time.  THis support will make a great deal of difference to all the children and their families.

Para teachers placed by the project have been supporting to strengthen the educational activities and learning outcomes among the students;

  • Daily after school tuitions are conducted in project supported schools. The focus is to help the children to catch up on their school lessons and to do homework. Here they also practiced their reading and writing, and multiplication tables. In addition special home work is given to each child, based on what the child needs to learn.
  • Provided educational aids: Students in all the schools were provided drawing note books, color pencils in the primary, middle and higher secondary schools; Tamil English Tamil Dictionaries were provided to all children from 5th class onwards; and school atlas has been provided to children from 6th class onwards in all schools.
  • Drawing competition: Drawing classes were conducted in all the supported schools. In order to test the children’s skills, a drawing competition was planned and conducted, in which 26 students were identified as deserving to participate from a total of 12 schools.  the Drawing competiton was held at Kalanjiyam training center;  the top three best drawings were awarded with prizes.
  • A Maths Competition was conducted for the students of with the help of para-teachers and support of the school authorities. A total of 220 students from classes I-V participated in the competition. Class I was tested in Counting, Class II in addition, Class III in addition, subtraction and tables, Class IV in addition, subtraction, multiplication and simple division, and Class V in all four mathematical functions. 5 different samples of the worksheets were prepared for each of the classes. It was time-based competition wherein, the student who solved the maximum number of sums correctly in the given time was adjudged as the winner. Five prizes and two consolation prizes were given away per class.

These special actvities conducted by the project are very encouraging for the rural children and empower students to improve their learning.


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Kalanjiyam Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Raviraaj Munusamy
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
$11,240 raised of $25,000 goal
54 donations
$13,760 to go
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