This is a three year project to partially fund the running of an English medium school in the mountainous region of Terhi Garwhal, northern India. The school has approximately 100 children attending classes from preschool through to grade five. Four new classrooms are being built during this period and the number of students is increasing yearly as they are now able to study to the 8th grade.
What we like about it:
This school services ten villages in a remote location. The quality of education is much higher than that available elsewhere – one of the grade five students from this school recently completed a maths exam that a Year 8 government school student could not complete. The children are also provided with character development lessons – the aim is to produce outstanding citizens who are also educated. The school focuses on working with parents and grand-parents to make sure they understand the value of education. Finally, the children are provided with health education which they can carry back to their families.
$18,500 for Year 3 of a 3-year project. Funds assist the construction of the extra classrooms, support teachers’ salaries and stationery for the children.
Education in India is in crisis. Particularly in remote areas, government teachers simply do not turn up toclass, and students are passed through grades without being able to read or write. Children in remotecommunities are not getting an education which traps them in intergenerational poverty. Health is also poor, often due to lack of knowledge.