The Trust has set up an 'afterSCHOOL' in the village of Kalap for the children from the community. The purpose is to have highly skilled teaching professionals hired by us assess the gaps in the government education system and fill them. Our effort runs in parallel with the government school everyday after regular school hours, and full-time
on holidays and during vacations.
The Kalap afterSCHOOL functions from 4pm to 8pm everyday, with children attending sessions with our educators. We work with the children to make them:
Learn English language the right way
Interpret nature and understand the environment around them
Learn basic science and math, with emphasis on practical knowledge
Do their regular school work, which parents being uneducated are unable to help them with
The Trust employs two full-time teachers, with formal teaching qualifications, at least a master's degree, from a reputed university.
Children are split up into learning groups after an assessment process. They then attend classes in batches every alternate day.
The idea is to have each batch small in number so that maximum individual attention can be given.
The teacher also visits and works with children in the isolated settlement of Unani.
Backgrounder on education scenario at Kalap:
The village panchayat has two government schools handling upto the 8th standard level. One in the main village is attended by 60 children and another in the settlement of Unani is attended by 30 children. Thus the total strength is 90. Being such a remote location and thus the attendant lack of supervision, the quality of education imparted by the school is abysmal. Often the teachers vanish for days together. Further the school infrastructure is in a dilapidated state. The children especially suffer when they move to study in the cities later in their academic life. They realise the inadequacies of their skill levels.
The Trust has explored ways to work to work with the existing government human resource and physical infrastructure. But it has proven next to impossible to cut through the bureaucratic framework and find a solution that can be implemented.
The Trust has instead decided to setup an independent effort, through which we will have clearly quantifiable returns.
We strongly feel that if through an independent effort we improve the children, it will make the government school teachers work harder. Smart kids need hard working teachers.
Employment and training opportunity for local people:
The project employs 4 local support staff in as teacher assistants, cook and kitchen assistant.
It costs Rs 20,000 per student per year to sponsor a child at the Kalap afterSCHOOL
Sponsor a child and plant a fruit tree!
We have been inspired by a few projects we have seen over the last few days! It has been of particular distress over the last few years seeing fruit bearing trees chopped for firewood at Kalap. Thus we have decided that this is a great opportunity to inculcate in the young children, the future residents of the village, the value of fruit-bearing trees. For each donation made and being made towards sponsoring a child, a local fruit bearing tree will be planted and nurtured by the child in his/her own field in the village! In early summer every year we will plant saplings of walnut, peaches, plums, wild apricots, citrus and more! Each tree will have a plaque in the name of the donor.
Updates on the school can be found at: www.facebook.com/kalaptrust