Monday, October 8, 2007

On going projects and future plans of sikshana

On Going Projects:


The schools in the City are:


Arahalli
Chikkakallasandra
Gowdenpalya
Gubbalala
Turahalli
Kadirenahalli
Kumaraswamy Layout
Chandranagar
Srinivasa Colony*
Vasanthapura


These schools were mostly adopted during 2002-04. The total strength of the children in this group is about 2500.Schools marked with * are lower primary schools with Grades 1 to 5, while the rest are upper primaries going up to 7th Grade.

The schools in the first cluster at Kanakapura are:

Harohalli
Paduvanagere
Cheelur
Hosadurga
Hunasanahalli
Haroshivanahalli
Uyyamballi
Aralalu
Malagalu
Halasuru
Atthihalli
Jyothi Colony
Chowkasandra
Sasalapura
Hulabele

These schools were adopted during 2004-05. The total strength of the children in this group is about 3500. All the schools are upper primaries going up to Grade 7

The schools in the second cluster at Kanakapura are:
Shivanahalli
Nallahalli
Kallahalli
Halagondanahalli
Thungani
Dodda Kabballi
Maralebekuppe
Krishnaiana Doddi*
Kotekoppa
Bannimukkodlu
Alanatha
Arakere
Kadushivanahalli
Hegganur
Narayanapur
Kachuvanahalli
Acchalu
Hosahalli
Hukunda

These schools were mostly adopted during 2006-07. The total strength of the children in this group is about 3500. Schools marked with * are lower primary schools with Grades 1 to 5, while the rest are upper primaries going up to 7th Grade.


Govt Upper Primary School , Arahalli

This is the first school to be adopted under Sikshana; and is now proving to be a role model. Arehalli is a semi-urban village cluster in the South of Bangalore, 12 kms from the Center of the City. It is now a bustling school with more than 300 kids accommodated in three different buildings. Besides the standard inputs, we are providing to this school two teachers to augment the existing staff.


Before Sikshana, the situation was as follows:


Total strength was at 220 - Grade VII had 13
70% pass VII Grade open exams with highest score at 60
Poor reception to VII Grade kids in High Schools nearby
Low morale among staff
Kids are disinterested in attending school
Community indifferent to the conditions in the school

After four years of Sikshana we find the following:

Total strength goes up to 320 - Grade VII to 35
All kids pass VII Grade open exams, highest score reaching 85
First reverse migration from private schools on merit
High morale among staff; willingly work beyond hours
Kids throng the gate before the start bell; a positive trend
First kids with scholarship reach professional courses holding out hope for the rest ; Alumni concept being seeded
Image enhancement to a level where private high schools in the area 'scout' for kids from the school
Significant increase in community participation marked by an attendance of 800 on the School Day


Nammooru Shaale, Chikkakallasandra


The lower primary school in Chikkakallasandra has 200 students studying in Grades 1 to 5. Prior to Sikshana, it had just three rooms and a corridor to accommodate all these kids, leading to a highly cramped situation in all the classes. It did not have any facility for water supply or power. Things changed drastically during 2003-05, during which we added a large hall over the existing building, thanks to CAF India and British Airways. We also provided running water supply with an over head tank and good drainage facilities and a toilet block for the staff and the kids.


The children in the school were also provided with a hot mid-day meal for two years, till the Government stepped in with the Akshara Dasoha program in June 2005.
Even now, it has no play ground; neither does it have any area for the kids to assemble for morning prayers. Sadly, this has to take place in the public road in front. In a school which has otherwise an excellent record for learning levels among others in the State sector, this lack of space has been a major inhibiting factor for further advancement. The school is presently located in two places; if only some one can step in and fund construction of a new block in one of these, it can really grow to achieve its true potential.


It had four teachers for the five grades; the fifth slot has since been filled up under Sikshana, enabling each class to have a dedicated teacher.


The school proudly claims that the children in Third grade can read and write non-text book Kannada fluently; and they would like to take this further to Second Grade. English is started on a voluntary basis as an additional subject from the second Grade itself! Sikshana provides them with the necessary text and books. The Library and Dictation hours are a great success in this school. As a result, the need for books and paper has been steadily growing. And they have a Computer too! It has been used, not only by the kids, but also by the teachers to set up question papers for the semester examinations.


Children from this school have participated in various activities such as the Delhi Trip, the visit to Indo-American Seeds farm and the rock climbing trek.


Govt Lower Primary School, Ittimadu


The school in Ittimadu has a total student strength of 220 in Grades 1 to 5 and four teachers. It is operating in two sheds which barely accommodates 120 children. On a normal day, the remaining 100 kids have to make with the open space adjacent to the school. However the land belonging to the school is adequate to build 2/3 more class rooms, with some space left for the kids to assemble for prayers etc,.


Under Sikshana, we have been able to mobilize funds for the construction of these class rooms, and we are about to commence work at the site. The school is expected to operate in a near normal environment effective from Oct 02. We have also lined up arrangements for mid-day meals to the children, which should hopefully commence as soon as the building is ready. Intensive efforts to improve learning levels are scheduled during the second half of the academic year.


Plan of Action for the Year:


- Take up and complete building of class rooms.- Provide drinking water and toilet facilities.- Provide mid-day meals.- Provide improved teaching aids.- Post a mentor for monitoring and improving learning levels.- 100% compliance for Kannada lingual skills at Grade 4.- 100% compliance for numerical skills at Grade 4.- Advance teaching of English by one year.- Reward system for good performance at all Grades.- An ongoing library movement.


Govt Lower Primary School, Kariasandra


The school in Kariasandra has a total of 250 children in Grades 1 to 5 and four teachers. It is operating in two locations with adequate room for accommodating the present strength. The demand for admission into this school from the adjacent areas is so heavy that it is forced to redirect many of the prospective entrants to the neighborhood schools. The school has nearly 2 acres of land associated with it, which is presently facing a threat of unauthorized trespass and loss of control. The situation also involves a certain degree of threat to the safety to the kids due to vandalism and intimidatory activities. The matter has been taken up with the Government agencies concerned, with a view to initiating corrective action and ensuring the integrity of the premises. A proposal has also been put up to the Government of Karnataka to examine the feasibility of setting up a high school in the premises, which can cater to the Upper Primary Schools of the South 1 zone.


Plan of Action for the Year:


- Follow up with the Government steps for ensuring the integrity of the premises.- Follow up with the Government the proposal for setting up a high school in the premises.- Upgrade the present Lower Primary to an Upper Primary School.- Provide safe drinking water supply and toilet facilities.- Post an additional teacher.- Provide improved teaching aids / post a mentor for upgrading teaching skills.- Target 100% compliance for Kannada lingual skills at Grade 4.- Target 100% compliance for numerical skills at Grade 4.- Advance initiation into English by one year.- Reward system for good performance at all Grades.- An ongoing library movement.- Start PC based education

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