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Isha Outreach adopts Government Schools and provides children with quality education through trained teachers along with remedial classes and extracurricular activities such as yoga, sports, arts and music. Health supplements are also offered and hygienic conditions are ensured. Above all, the program strives to induce a spirit of enthusiasm and joy in each child.

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1. K.M. Bhuvaneswari, Thondamuthur.
2. J Sathya, 8th std,
Govt Girls Hr Sec School, Pennagaram.

3. Nishanthini, 9th Std,
Govt. Girls Hr Sec School, Pennagaram.

4. S. Meena, 8th std,
Govt. Girls Hr Sec School, Pennagaram.

5. M Krithika, 9th Std,
Govt. Girls Hr Sec School, Pennagaram.
“The Greatness and Glory of a nation and a culture is not in its past, but in the kind of future that we are aspiring and striving to create..”
-Sadhguru

What is Isha’s Government School Adoption Program?

Isha’s Government School Adoption Program aims to provide quality education to children in rural and underprivileged areas in conformance with the constitutional mandate and the national curricular framework to improve their overall wellbeing. Government schools are adopted for a five-year period and given additional inputs for quality and delivery of education at par with private schools.

What is the current situation in the govt schools? And how does Isha propose to intervene?

In Tamil Nadu, although there are sufficient primary schools to provide education, even at the rural level, the quality of facilities and services provided are not up to the mark. There are vast disparities in academic standards between private and government schools.

    • The current student-teacher ratio is 70:1. Furthermore, a majority of the teachers lack the necessary skills to be effective and need training.
    • Many 9th standard students are not able to read and write their first language or do simple addition and subtraction.
    • The health condition of children is poor and they are not aware of proper hygiene.
    • During screening camps conducted in a few schools, 60% of the children were found to be anaemic.

How is Isha equipped to handle this project?

Isha Foundation is an international, non-religious, not-for-profit public service organization, which addresses all aspects of human wellbeing. Isha Foundation’s social development projects under
Isha Outreach, empower people to take care of themselves and their communities through large-scale, sustainable and culturally appropriate health, education, environment and livelihood initiatives. These include:

    • Action for Rural Rejuvenation brings holistic healthcare and livelihood to the doorsteps of rural masses through community games, yoga programs, herbal gardens, cultural festivals, vocational training, as well as primary care and health awareness via 20 mobile health clinics and 4 fixed clinics.
    • Isha Vidhya provides quality education to impoverished children from rural areas and aims to establish high quality rural schools in every district of Tamil Nadu by 2015. The holistic approach to education coupled with English language proficiency and computer skills prepare the students to reach to their full potential. 4,050 students are served by the 8 Isha Vidhya schools (in Coimbatore, Erode, Nagercoil, Tuticorin, Villupuram, Salem and Cuddalore districts in Tamilnadu & Chithoor district in Andhra Pradesh). By leveraging the experience, tools developed and facilities created in the Isha Vidhya schools to intervene in Government Schools, a larger number of students can be benefited.
    • Project GreenHands aims to increase the green cover in Tamil Nadu to the national target of 33%. Through agroforestry plantations for rural farmers and mass distribution of saplings, Isha works to achieve an additional 114 million trees. Till date more than 14 million saplings have been planted by over 1.5 million people across Tamil Nadu and Pondicherry.
What is the impact of the project and how do the children benefit?

India with its large population, of which 40 percent is youth, is still a developing country. With a more integrated approach to education, we can create quality education on par with international academic standards and lead to

    • Confident young leaders with positive attitudes.
    • More number of students pursuing higher and professional education in various fields.
    • Government schools recognized for quality of service.
    • Economic wellbeing of the target community.
Number of govt schools adopted which needs funding with total number of students

 

List of schools adopted

Coimbatore District

S. No.

School

Village

1

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

    Kuniamuthur

2

Govt. High School

Kulathupalayam

3

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Sundakamuthur

4

Govt. High School

Semmedu

5

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Madvaroyapuram

6

Govt. High School

Madampatti

7

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Alandurai

8

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Girls)

Thondamuthur

9

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Boys)

Thondamuthur

10

Govt. High School

Devarayapuram

11

Govt. High School

Narasipuram

12

Adi Dravider and Tribal Welfare High School

Muttathuvayal

13

Govt. High School

Nathe Gounden Pudur

14

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

 Kalveerampalyam

Dharmapuri District

S. No.

School

Village

1

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Boys)

Athiyamankottai

2

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Girls)

Athiyamankottai

3

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Lalikam

4

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Palayampudur

5

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Pandahalli

6

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

B. Agraharam

7

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Indur

8

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Kullanur

9

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Boys)

Pennagaram

10

Govt.  Higher Secondary School (Girls)

Pennagaram

11

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Yeriyur

12

Govt.  Higher Secondary School

Nerupur

Salem District

   
No. School Village
1 Govt.  Higher Secondary School Mallur
2 Govt. High School Gajjalnaicken patty
3 Govt.  Higher Secondary School Panamarathu patty
4 Govt.  Higher Secondary School Kullappanaickenur
5 Govt.  Higher Secondary School Thirumanur

 

 

What is the project cost and cost of improved schooling per child?

The project cost every year is between Rs. 3–5.5 lakhs ($6000–11,000) on average for one school. The cost varies depending on the requirement in the respective school. This approximately comes to Rs. 600 ($12) per child each year. The following diagram presents the areas in which the money is spent.

How is the cost only 600 rupees for one child per year?

Since the infrastructure of the schools is already available, and the basic costs are taken care by the government, the money is spent only on enhancing the overall quality of schooling like hiring new teachers and providing training, conducting health camps for children, conducting remedial classes (special tuitions for slow learners), as well as introducing extracurricular activities like sports, arts, music, etc.

What is the progress till date in these government schools?

    • 26 schools have been selected in Dharmapuri & Coimbatore districts.
    • 4 coordinators are recruited and oriented, responsible for implementing the program in 5–7 schools.
    • Conducted need assessment in all the adopted schools for additional teachers requirement and basic infrastructure requirement.
    • Inducted 176 teachers after giving required training to meet the needed 35:1 student-teacher ratio.      
    • Training for teachers
    • Two-day training program on Remedial Coaching (ABL & ALM) in July 2011 in two batches.
    • One-day training program for Content Enrichment in English & Maths in September 2011.
    • Employed 20 non-teaching staff for improving school hygiene, sanitation and discipline.
    • Conducted remedial classes for Tamil & Maths for students using ABL cards of SSA.
      • Remedial class performance details for 6th to 9th standard

        • Isha teachers are also involved in teaching the subjects where government teachers are not available.
        • Yoga programs were organized in three schools, training 239 students and 10 teachers.
        • A Green School project was implemented with tree saplings production in 11 schools in Coimbatore district.  Currently 12,750 saplings are being grown in the school tree nursery.
        • Medical camps were conducted in two schools, the screening results are as follows:

          Health camp - findings

        • A summer camp was organized to inspire students to explore their talents and educate them about nature
Plan of action for 2012-13?

The following are the proposed interventions for the 2012-13 academic year towards improving the quality and delivery of education:

  • Organizing remedial classes for 6th to 9th standard students.
  • Conducting spoken English classes.
  • Special coaching classes for 10th standard students in English and Maths.
  • Employing additional teachers for regular and special subjects.
  • Skill development workshops for teachers.
  • Organizing health screening and awareness camps along with assessment of the nutritional status.
  • Providing nutritional supplements and any medicines needed for anemia.
  • Promoting sports and providing the necessary coaching.
  • Providing materials for vocational skill development like drawing, craft work, and music.
  • Producing and planting trees in school campuses and in nearby villages with the support of Isha’s Project GreenHands initiative.
  • Arranging annual Talent Exhibitions for the children.
  • Assisting the school in maintenance and creation of infrastructure facilities.
How will I know the progress of the adopted schools?

To keep you updated on all the happenings at these schools, a quarterly news letter with the progress in the schools will be sent to you.

Is there any tax exemption benefits?

All donations made in favour of Isha Outreach/Isha Foundation are tax empted under IT 80 (G). Receipts will be provided for all the donations.

Is this happening in partnership with the government administration?

Yes, an MoU has been signed for a 5-year period with the Chief Educational Officer of the district for adopting the schools.


 
 
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