Project #12840

Reducing school drop outs in rural India

by Kalanjiyam Trust
Jul 31, 2013

Strengthening rural children and schools

Para teacher teaching children
Para teacher teaching children

The project is supporting rural schools and children through para teachers.  The para teachers have been placed in each school and are supporting the Headmaster / teacher in the instruction of children.  Para teachers are ensuring school regularity and special coaching of children who have learning challenges is also being taken up.  We have also encouraged these para teachers to take up the computer education of the students and this being implemented as well.  The children are also encouraged to participate in special competitions, such as multiplication tables recitation etc and prices are being provided for the best students.

Feedback from parents:

A coolier worker from local village: ‘Three teachers could not manage, due to the high school strength. It is very useful to have one para-teacher from Kalanjiyam project. My son did not know to write a phone number before. Now he is doing arithmetic well and able to read the paper, We thank TNF project for making this possible.’

Students are more regular to school: ' ‘Previously I and others used to come to school late. Now we come by 8.30 daily. Previously the teachers came late to the school, but this has changed now. After Kalanjiyamproject has come, I am punctual in coming to school and enjoy being with my classmates.’

The increase in school regularity is ensuring that children are able to learn effectively and this is positively reflecting in their school marks.  The children are also happy to come to school because we are teaching computers in school, and all children in the project schools are digitally literate. 

Children learning computers
Children learning computers

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Organization Information

Kalanjiyam Trust

Location: Chennai, Tamil Nadu - India
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Raviraaj Munusamy
Chennai, Tamil Nadu India
$11,255 raised of $25,000 goal
55 donations
$13,745 to go
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