2 ‘I’s in India. 2 ‘I’s in Inspired. In you, we find the next ‘I’.
|"One child, one teacher, one book and one pen can change the whole world.”
-- Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani schoolgirl who stood up to the Taliban, survived their brutal attack to defend her right to an education. Today, she is a global icon for education.
|“Education is the most power weapon which we can use to change the world.”
-- Dr. Nelson Mandela, a global icon who championed equality for all humans.
Two different people. From two different eras. From two different parts of the world. One – a young girl who fought against terror – now on threshold of greater glory. Another – a global icon for humanity – who rose against Apartheid, a champion of the entire human race. Both shared one common dream! A dream that education can unshackle and change the fortunes of people.
We, at Inspired Indian Foundation, share this dream – that education can be a change agent! For us, the immediate dream is to give hope to school children who dream to change things for the better – for them, for their immediate family, for their immediate society – but do not know how to achieve them.
Project Pathshala is our endeavor to add quality, life-skills and values into the lives of school children – to enable and empower them to chase their dreams, through education.
|Our goal is pretty simple and clear|
|* To adopt and empower a government school
* To impart social and life-skills to groom them to become confident individuals.
|Our journey so far:|
|After months of scouting around, we have narrowed down on a Government Primary School in Bangalore's New Thippasandhara area. It suited our requirements to launch our quiet campaign. On July 12, 2014, we formally adopted the school on a pilot basis.|
|About the school:|
|The school is situated next to the famous Rama temple in one of the busy lanes of New Thippasandhara. Started way back in 1959, the medium of instruction is Tamil, though Kannada and English are also taught. There are five classes – from Std. 1 to Std. 5 and has a total strength of 50 students. All students are from extremely poor socio-economic background. The school has three classrooms and the mid-day meal is provided by ISKCON.
“Every student here is the son or daughter of a maid servant, vegetable vendor or a daily wager. Some students are sent to school straight away from their bed," says school headmistress Mrs. Kalavathi N, who has been working here for the last 25 years.
The school has just three teachers, including Mrs. Kalavathi, who between them, teach all subjects. The others two are Mrs. Milka Elizabeth and Mrs. Mala S
The school functions from 9.30 am to 3.30 pm every day and on Saturdays from 8.00 am to 11.30 am. According to the teachers, on some days, the school attendance cuts a sorry figure as the parents take the children to their villages for every festival and family functions. "They return only after one week – missing out one entire week of classes,” says Mrs. Kalavathi.
The new school building was built by C V Raman Nagar MLA S. Raghu, who has assured support to Project Pathshala. The school has a mini computer lab, thanks to a well-wisher Mr. Ganesh Subramaniam. He takes time out every Saturday to impart basic computer education for the children. "We are looking for volunteers who can come and teach English and Computers on a regular basis," says Mrs. Kalavathi.
|Our focus areas:|
|After studying the requirements of the school and the students, the Inspired Indian Foundation have identified six key focus areas to start with:
* Personal hygiene
* Physical fitness
* General knowledge
* Confidence building
* Public speaking.
Step by step. One at a time. That’s how we plan to implement the action plan.
|Through Project Pathshala, Inspired Indian Foundation wants to make a difference to the lives of these children. If you are convinced, then you can support our silent campaign to enable and empower these schoolchildren, to chase their dreams, through education.
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” -- Eleanor Roosevelt
|Join us… in this beautiful journey… beyond dreams|
Project Pathshala Phase-3 launched
The 3 rd Phase of Project Pathshala was launched during the first week of June 2016 at the Government Tamil Primary School.
The volunteers of IFF first took stock of the all the educational and administrative needs of the school in an informal meeting with the teaching staff. Within two days of the meeting, as per the wish-list provided by the Principal, the volunteers distributed the required items including notebooks, schoolbags, towels, stationery, umbrellas and toiletry items to named a few.
The children greeted every volunteer with a huge smile and some even joining the distribution programme. “No amount of words can explain our happiness,” said Principal Kalavathi.
It was a satisfactory sight to see the children head home with their new possessions.
The children will be taken out for their first outing during July 2016.