STORY PREVIEW

2018

Educating a better tomorrow

Chettinad Vidya Mandir

Tamil Nadu

MENTOR

Sujatha K

STUDENTS

Subitha S,

Shreevarshini V,

Nithun Selva S ,

Pavithra S ,

Srinithi R ,

Step 1 FEEL

● The literacy rate is comparatively low. At the same time, though children are going to school, they are not provided with equal quality education. This isn’t meant to criticize the different education systems but it varies according to the school’s curriculum. ● Lack of awareness about hygiene and sanitation to sustain a healthy life ● Disposal of plastics and other wastes aroundthe surroundings even when proper dustbins are provided. ● Lack of awareness and knowledge about the menstrual cycle and still it is a taboo. So most of the people don’t talk about it and they don’t understand that it is a natural process.

Quality of education and its standard was the problem chosen by us to work. ● We chose this because education is the most prestigious power that any human possesses and education can make a person understand and analyze the world better,.It also provokes him/her to take steps to solve the problems in the world. ● Providing an equal quality/standard of education improves the thinking, analyzing and understanding capabilities of students. ● Nowadays income and employment are based on the educational qualification and the person's skills. ● Education should be bias-free that is everybody should be given with equal standard or quality of education. It doesn’t mean that only a few institutions are superior and the others are inferior, the institutions should be free to accept and learn new things and keep improving their standards.

● The majority victims of the problem were poor school students because after completing the school education and when they step into the university they are not on the common platform. ● Everyone is equally talented when they are taught the same curriculum and are given with equal exposure and opportunities to explore and to work. ● The primary reasons for this are: ❖ Indian education system gives more preference to marks and grades in the exam. ❖ Marks are also important but it should not be the priority in the education system. ❖ Learning methodology is primitive and mostly based on memorizing. ❖ Life skill connections with lessons is unseen .

Step 2 IMAGINE

● Initially, we thought of gathering the school students of the village nearby to the school in a common place and tell them about the activities and curriculum we follow in our school. After introducing the curriculum we would select the required feature for them and teach them by conducting activities for them. We wanted teachers to help in us in this regard. ● Secondly, we thought of going to different schools to improvise each other’s standard of education. Here we also wanted to make sure that we should also improvise our standard because no one is superior to each other and learning has no limits.

● From the above idea, we chose the second idea - going to different schools. ● The reasons for choosing this idea are: ❖ Gathering all the school students in a common place is a difficult task for young school students to accomplish due to many legal and social issues. ❖ People usually don't volunteer for / consider when an opportunity is not provided by the schools / the educational institutions where they are studying or their kids are enrolled. ❖ Handling a vast number of students at the same time may be chaotic and ineffective. ❖ If social programs like this are conducted in schools then it will spread to the entire community. ❖ This will create awareness about the problem and even better ideas can be brought up to solve the same issue even more effectively.

Step 3DO

● First, we decided from which school to start. We chose Rani Meyyammai aided school whichwas easily accessible from our school. ● Then we sought the permission of the headmaster of Rani Meyyamai Government-Aided School to execute our plan. ● We started the mission with help of 30 volunteers from our school. ● We went to the school every day during the last two hours and we taught them different subjects like English, Social, Math, Art, Science, Sports and Leadership qualities. ● We taught them with our learning modules through fun activities which was very new and interesting to them. ● All the 30 volunteers were students and each one is talented in individual subjects English, Social, Math, Science, Art and leadership skill. ● We handled students from grade 6 to 8 and it was a very huge number (250 -300 students). ● We worked in small groups. Discussions, planning, preparation of aids, collection of materials and other needed aspects were decided meticulously before we conducted the sessions. ● We gave them our fullest support to help them to improvise themselves. ● Then we wanted to develop our skills and knowledge, so we also equipped ourselves to deliver the required stuff by simultaneously attending sessions.

● We created a very positive impact among the community. We are happy to tell that we made a vast majority of the students to converse and read English fluently. We also encouraged girls to play games like football, kabaddi, and cricket by breaking the taboo that these are all men dominated games. ● We also made them work in groups tounderstand the importance of respecting the opposite gender. ● Conceptual learning through fun activities and demonstrations created a huge difference in their span of listening and questioning skill. They started using all ‘WH’ questions to understand the concepts. Fun tricks in mathematics helped them learn all basic operations better. Life skill activities cracked their shyness. Blending of colourscoloured their hopes. ● We just ignited a spark of confidence and hope in them. We also understood that we have a long way to go .

● We impacted around 300 to 400 school children in and around our locality. ● Initially, we started our work in Rani Meyyamaischool, there we impacted around 200 children and now we are working with another set of 150 children.

The art and craft work taught by the children of ChettinadVidyaMandir was interesting and it was a new venture for our school children. – Mrs. Vinitha, Teacher of Goundampalayamschool. Young minds change anything. Keep doing. – Teacher – Rani MeyyamaiGovt.school. Easy way of multiplication helps me a lot to complete my homework easily. - Mohan, Student of Rani Meyyammai School.

Initially we faced some severe halting slowdowns due to legal concerns. The government officials were too hesitant to help us at first, they weren’t too fond of granting us permission to even visit the schools. Thus we resorted to visiting the Rani Meyyammai Government Aided school. After a few visits to the local government office, and explaining the legislative head there about our project, he was impressed. Thus we had acquired permission to visit the Goundampalayam and Vellalapatti schools. Time Management was the major concern. We missed a few of our classes. We are thankful to our teachers to spend extra time to wrap up our missed portions.

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Quality Education

As the topic name itself suggests that we are focusing on quality education and standardization. When quality education is provided, automatically they will be placed in a good university and they will be employed with a decent salary which is a contribution to the national income and thus it contributes to the growth of the economy. When quality education is provided it will broaden their vision and enable them to think for a collective good and it is not stereotypic. Moreover when they are taught about the menstrual cycle and the good touch and bad touch people will be more civilized and mutually there will be respect between all the genders(Female, male, transgender.

Step 4 SHARE

● Social media is the most powerful weapon of today, we wanted to use that in a right spirit, so we uploaded it on YouTube and made it ready for the public watch. ● We shared our video with our school friends and made them understand the significance of the issue in the assembly and also in Whats app. ● Then we wanted to sustain the project and bring a permanent solution for this, so we thought of taking this to the international forum. So we applied for the Harvard Model United Nations Conference. In that, we applied for "Act to Impact". ● These were the measures taken by us to share our story.

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● In order to sustain the plan, we would like to join hands with NGOs and work for the rural children and also for the slum children in the urban area. ● We plan to join ininstitutions which support our ideologies and work along with them to promote our project. Once we all get into university we will start an NGO to work for the rural and urban children's education standards. ● We are conducting regular sessions in nearby schools in our area like the Goundampalayam Government High School and the Vellalapatti Government School ● We have also taught the helpers in our school(most of whom were illiterate) to read and write in both English and Tamil.