REPORT OF SPOKEN ENGLISH CLASS

Jan/Feb-2007,

Dear Mr. Udayakumar,

We are fine. Hope the same from you. We send below the report for the months of January and February 2007.

INIYA UDAIYAM CHARITABLE TRUST

No. 2, Azhagiri Samy Street, Periyar Nagar,

Avadi, Chennai – 6000 71.

 

REPORT OF SPOKEN ENGLISH CLASS

 

 

I  Initial Assessment done before commencement of class  in December 2006.

 

Method: Speaking on a given topic

 

External: Mrs. Sujathaa Sekar

 

Comments:   Overall problem areas were sentence structure, lack of words and confidence.

 

Review of Assessment: Same day students given  inputs on how to speak. On paper, asked to add many words to the topic.

 

Asked to speak

 

Performance:    Improvement Immediate

 

II  Class –  January Month: 

 

     Inputs on grammar – Tenses and use of (personal) pronouns.

                 Verbs listed, parallel meanings given in Tamil.

                 Speaking in English on topics given        

 

    Class  – February Month:

                  

                   Sounds of  a e i o u  with words taught

                  Creative methods, paper cutting works, etc.

                 Speaking in English on topics given

                  Writing in English on any topic

 

 

III  Assessment at the end of  2 months:         

 

Students are from different levels of English knowledge. Some know a little English and are able to speak a little. But most are unable. Another level is a group which is unsure of English alphabets itself. Knowledge of names of fruits, vegetables, flowers itself not known. Till that  basic is taught and reinforced.

 

Action Plan:

 

  1. To start right from the beginning from A_Z for  one group – 3 students
  2. Continue with 2 letters, 3 letters 4 and 5 letters words for 2 classes. To be tested.
  3. Simultaneously continue with speaking exercise.

 

 

Thanking you,

 

For Iniya Udaiyam Charitable Trust

 

Gayathiri Ravindran,

Teacher

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visited Iniya Udhayam

10-Mar-2007
Chennai, TN.

Hi,

On the way back to my home 4m Siragu, I visited Iniya Udhayam also. Actually, I didn’t plan it b4. So, cudnt meet the trustees. But, I conversed with the Spoken English teacher, to which course we support. She works as a professor in MOP.Vaishnava college. She takes classes here only in the week-ends. She is very much talented. Apart 4m her, her daughter also comes to classes then and thr out of her own interest. (She is doing only her 11th).

At first, I thought whether the salary is over for just the week-end classes. But, after seeing the performance of the students, I changed my mind. It has been only just 3 months shorter after the course started. But, by now, they are able to understand atleast what we speak, if its simple sentence and are able to reply in english. Of course in broken english. But, within 3 months, this seems to be a tremendous improvement.

The materials are prepared by the faculty by herself and are verymuch innovative. Like… She tells a word like sports, fashion, etc and asks them to collect the relevant paper cuttings and prepare a chart. And, she asks them to write a passage abt a topic in Tamil and asks them to translate into english. Like this for everyweek she prepares a new thing and distibute among the students. I am sure, the day when the students talk in gud english are not very far. J

I took some fotos and will send the link once I uploaded them.

Luv,
Athi (B +ve)

We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
—–Swami Vivekananda.

visited Siragu Montessori school

10-Mar-2007
Chennai, TN.
Hi Folks,

Last week we, myself Athi(91) and Srinivasan(not our member) visited Siragu Montessori school running by Suyam Charitable Trust. We went there just after the teachers left. So, we were able to talk only to PET staff and Computer faculty.

They(Suyam grp) are running the school perfectly. At present, its upto 6th std only. They started with only upto 5th std. Once the final batch finished their classes, they started 6th. And, they sed this process will be continued in the future also. Uma(Trustee of Suyam) is trying to get govt approval for 10th std. And, they are preparing their own sylabus and so, they don’t look like our normal lessons, but innovative. For every quarter they distributed a bound book which consists of that sessions’ all lessons. And, the books are revised every year. They, not only takes reference from other books, but also refer Internet. So, most of the things are up-to-date in the book.

They setup a computer centre by their own, few months ago. It may even help us to get an to implement our idea of Digital learning centre. ‘coz they hav lotta DVDs, classified for different age of students, right 4m Thenaliraman stories to Space and atoms, etc. They sed the performance of the students is improving constantly.

Apart 4m hostel students, some other village students are also studying in the school, with free-of-cost. They recently participated in an inter-school competition and won the first prize in some of the events. Few students even showcased their acting in-front of us. 😉

It gave us immense pleasure to know that our grp’s effort also helps them. (we are paying the monthly fee for Tamil staff)

I took some fotos and yet to upload them. Will post the link, once I hav done with tat.

Luv,
Athi (B +ve)

We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
—–Swami Vivekananda.

Examination Awareness & Training Seminar for Poor & Orphan 10th Standard Students

17/Mar/2007, Chennai, TN.

Dear Friends,

Tomorrow ( 17th March 2007 ) @ 6 pm we are planning to Conduct an Examination Awareness & Training Seminar to write the Exams & Importance of Higher Education to the Poor & Orphan Students studying 10th Standard @ Adi Dravida Samooga Sevagar Sangam, Chennai.

Gifts such as Pen, Pencil, Rubber, Sharpener, Scale are to be presented
to the students who are going to take the 10th Standard Exams

Date & Time:17th March 2007 @ 6 pm

Total No.of Students (10th Students) : 11

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Site Address:
Adi Dravida Samooga Sevagar Sangam,
19, Rathina Sabapathy Street,Old Washermenpet,
Chennai – 600 021.
Office: +91 44 25955946
Mobile : 9840341973

I hope we all wish them “Best of Luck” for their Exams.

Expecting your presence

Thanks & Regards,
T.Hari
EXPLORER Team Lead,
http://www.indiasudar.org
Mobile: +91-9840341973 , Mail: hari_bca@yahoo.com

Visit to George Foundation.

10/Mar/2007
Bangalore, KA, India.

Visit to George Foundation

Every field visit to Foundations/ Homes we make, fills us with joy to see underprivileged being taken care well.

Sometimes our hearts heavy when we see lack of facility(in some cases we have even helped them!!). But this Weekend’s visit to “George Foundation- Ballinganapalli, (Near Hosur)” was an experience not felt before. This is one of the best managed institutions – par excellence in execution”. Writing this report will not suffice the experience but will create more interest. So lets get started !

Our hearty thanks to Mrs. Gracy who took us around & beautifully explained the Vision & work of the foundation.

Visit by : Udhay, Ravikumar, Tijju , Shiva

The report might look a bit lengthy, but believe me it’s worth the time u spend knowing about it ! This is reflection of our true experience there @ the foundation we visited on March 10,2007 !

About George Foundation:

George foundation is being run by Dr.Abraham George, an Ex-Artillery officer of Indian Army, subsequently migrated to US. An economist by profession, he has also authored a book “India Untouched”. (2004) (http://www.indiaunt ouched.com/)

Foundation started in 1995 with mission of helping the needy & Rural empowerment.

George Foundation mainly runs :

a)Shanthi Bhavan School
b)Baldev medical & community service centre – covers 15-20 villages of population 85k.
c)Rural Empowerment / Women empowerment

Medical & community Centre:

– Medical centre was started to cater the medical needs of the villagers in & around Ballinghanapalli & Devurapalli (that’s why name Baldev)
– The medical centre has a resident staff, few paramedics lead by Administrator Ms.Gracy
– The paramedics are well trained & the records are tracked with IT tools.
– A software tool called “EDPS(Early detection & prevention” has been developed. It’s a diagnostic tool. When query are answered as inputs
It gives possible Diagnostics. It’s been tested at PHC(primary health care centre, govt) & more than 85-90% accuracy.
– The patients records are maintained as medical history & each villager given with a ID card. In this way treatment becomes easy
I think IT has been used in very efficient way here
– Besides this pregnant women are given proper counseling for healthy delivery & to avoid anemic child being born.
– Hospital is very clean & are maintained on par with private setups.
– Regular medical camps are conducted & patients are followed up through a field worker who visits them often.
– As part of community program they also undertake village sanitation & cleaning drives.
– They are ready to share the EDPS software at a very nominal cost if it is being used for Noble causes. It seems they are
in negotiation with TN state govt for implementing it at PHC’s.

Educational Project – Shanthi Bhavan School :

About the school:
– The Shanthi Bhavan is an excellent setup for educating the underprivileged children in ICSE syllabus !!!!
– Class Grade – 1 to Grade -9 (Started 9 yrs ago). Total students ( 200+)
– All highly trained teachers (around 25) are residential. Teachers are very well paid to retain quality !
Qualification of teacher is min B.Ed & a degree. May are master degree holders.
– Has excellent play grounds, classrooms (we were surpised to see the classrooms on par with international stds),.
– Dormitory for the students are very good, neat(maintained by students themselves) & guidance of “house mothers”
– We just could not believe the facilities, it looked like “ International Residential School ” !! Again seeing is believing !
– Regular music classes, science exhibitions are conducted. ( we saw their displays on chart & they were pretty good)

Admission to school:
– Starts in March every year & intake is only 24 students/year/ grade (12 boys, 12 girls). Age is 3.5-4 yrs ONLY !
– The economic criteria is parents with 1000-1500/month salary or less / orphaned / Single parent with low economic condition.
– Selection is based on a psychometric analysis conducted by team of experts.
Idea is educate the best brains among underprivileged. They should not be deprived of basic education due to their background!
– Believe us , when we interacted with those children they are on par with any international residential school educated ones !

Student Life:
– All the teachers are residents there & each dormitory has “house mother”
– So each kid is well taken care of emotionally & intellectually.
– The facilities there are amazing – tennis court, basket ball court, all kids have sports cycle with head gears !!
– No particular religion is forced upon them .
– Children from all parts of India are studying there.
– Students can go home once in 6 months & parents can visit the kids every 3 moths.
– Has a good computer lab, library & canteen.

Rural / Women Empowerment :

– They are running few plantation farms to sustain income for school.
– Recently they have started with vineyard in abt 10 acres.
– The best thing about the project is that a systematic survey of land was carried out by scientists of ICAR, Horticulture depts. &
then decided that grape would be most economically viable crop. Having own forms of irrigation for farms !
– They also empower the farmers in surrounding villages , besides giving them employment in their own farms !
– Women empowerment by giving them awareness medically & also employing them in farms.
– A few training programmes were also conducted for Women to make them employable.

We have had the humble experience of seeing various educational projects elsewhere, but this has been the best we saw in terms of
Quality & Execution.
People might think quality is least when it comes to charity as basic needs are first.
We would like in different way. Say in regular charity foundations, we can probably create 10-20% max of best quality students.
But here 100% of the students are bright & they will make a lot of difference in the society. Impact would be really huge.

What help can we do ??

1) Another unique part of this project is this is wholly funded by Dr. George !
So they are looking for Donors in anyway . Because he is finding it difficult to sustain own funding for “Quality” !
For details see : http://www.tgfworld .org/donate. html

2) We can give them career guidance ,science teaching classes to empower them more though seminars.

3) They also accept volunteers to come, stay & teach there, if we have specialization.
http://www.tgfworld .org/volunteer. html

4) Spreading information of this Foundation, so that more people are benefited.

5) Medical foundation is in need of an Ambulance vehicle, so that they can also cater to emergency medical help !

More details : http://www.tgfworld .org/officials. html

HO Address :
The George Foundation
# 316, 5 th A Cross, 3rd Block, HRBR Layout
Kalyananagar, Bangalore 560043

Bus Route : Bus route 33 from Hosur . Morning one & evening one bus. Karnataka transport in process.

It was an enchanting experience to have visited the place & even know that such a place exists.
We stand to salute George & his Vision !!

Regards
shiva

THIYAGAM NARPANPU KALVI MAIYAM(TNKM)

Thiyagam Women Trust

Centre for physically challenged women

No.66/44, Kambar Street, S. S.Colonly, Madurai – 625 010

Ph: 0452-2602195 –  E-mail: challengedwomen@gmail.com

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THIYAGAM NARPANPU KALVI MAIYAM(TNKM)

 

Vision: Man-Maing:

 

1. To excel in ones field of knowledge through academic exercise

2. To become a responsible social being through unfoldment of

    human values

3. To create Role Model citizens in each and every field of our society who will set an example in uprightness, integrity and humaneness.

 

Objective

 

It is well known fact that Schools have less time for Value Inculcation due to heavy syllabus and result culture. Children from rural areas are put into lot of stress due to examination related fear. Due to various reasons Values are not inculcated in schools in an effective way. Life skills are the need of the hour in villages since lack attention from Parent side as well as schools.   

 

This gap in a small way is filled up through our humble effort of Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam(TNKM) initiated by Thiyagam Women Trust, where equal emphasis is given to Values along with academics. TNKM is focusing on the all round development of village children. These centres provide opportunity to regularly discuss Value themes with children. Noble personalities from different fields are invited to talk to children and share their valuable experiences.  These will help children to improve their life skills and act in a responsible way in all situations.  When these children grow up they would not compromise on the ideals on “Caring Society” set forth before them and become emotionally matured citizen.

 

Focus on – Rural Children

 

We have Thiyagam Narpanbu Kalvi Maiyam tuition centres in 5 villages – in Cholavandan taluk near Madurai where we get space, good teacher and community support.  In all the five centres 165 students are getting the benefit of free evening tuition in life skills and academics.

 

 

S.No.

Village

Teachers

No.of students

1

Thiruvedagam

Pichaiyammal

29

2

Kamatchipuram

Yasoda

47

3

Melakkal

Gurudevi

30

4

Kezhamathur

Sathyakala

28

5

Pudur

Murugeswari

31

 

 

Total

165

   

What is taught in TNKM?

 

1. We teach through living examples of great ones

2. We teach values through small incidents/moral stories

3. We cultivate reading habits through library

4. We teach self-management in small day to day chores

5. We encourage children to adopt the contents of Thirukural for life

6. We ask children to share with other children all the values they have

    Learnt in TNKM and put into practice in their day to day life.

7. We encourage children to help in identify and nurture individual talents in Camps.

8. We adopt in TNKM the theme of Humaneness of V-Set and update our training program in line with V-Set’s rich experience in moulding teachers and students in creating a harmonious society.

 

 

Impact on the lives of Children

 

Individual level

Clean habits like nail cutting, oil in the hair, proper combing, personal hygiene, expressing talents, punctuality, replacing road side unhygienic games with games in ground, inspiring to be truthful in all situations, accepting one’s own mistakes without compromise.

 

Family level

Respect to Parents, helping brother/sister in their studies, help in cooking at homes in case of sickness of mothers, gardening, helping neighbourhood and relatives.

 

School level

Sharing of pen/pencil with other students, Good ranking students teach mediocre students, Sharing of food, Stop bullying and blaming, when a student absent on a day, other student share the lesson, keeping the school and surrounding neat and clean.

 

Social level

Road crossing, seat giving in the bus, helping the physically/visually challenged, tree planting, cultivating civic sense

 

 

TNKM – Inspiring Experiences:

 

1. Kalaimani, a student has taken the wounded puppy on the road to Vetnary Hospital for treatment and rescued.

2. Poornima has learnt that her friend Sathya did not have a uniform.   Because of that Sathya could not attend the school. Poornima told her Parents to help Sathya in buying uniform which they have agreed and did the help.

3. Manigandan and Vijay are friends.  Vijay stole some money at home and informed to Manigandan.   Immediately Manikandan explained that how it’s wrong to steal something and made him understand.  Vijay came to his senses and apologized to Manigandan.   He also promised that he will not steal anything in future.

4. Solairaja was a student of very adamant type.  He would talk sharply with his friends and parents.  After his studies at TNKM gradually he changed his behaviour.  Now he is polite and courteous.

5. Vinodhkumar a student used to do small helps to poor and needy.   Once he helped an old lady in crossing a small river.  The old lady thanked the boy for the timely help.  But the boy told that he learnt this quality of ready to serve through TNKM tuition centre.

 

 

Budget Proposal for the Academic Year – 2007-2008

 

We give below the Budget proposal with notes which highlights the detail of the expenses.

 

1

Teachers Salary – Rs.400 x 12

Rs.24000/-

2

Travel cost – Rs.300 x 12

Rs.3600/-

3

Education Material

Rs.1000/-

4

Administrative Exps

Rs.3000/-

5

Camp Exps – Rs.3000 x 2

Rs.6000/-

6

Teacher training  300 x 4

Rs.1200/-

7

Full time staff – Rs.1200 x 12

Rs.14400/-

8

Contingency Exps

Rs.5000/-

 

Total

Rs.58200/-

  

 

Notes:

²     At present we are giving to each teacher a token amount of Rs.300 /- per month. From next academic year we would like to increase this amount to Rs.400/- per teacher. Rs.400 per month x 5 teachers = Rs.2000 per month  – Rs.2000 x 12 = 24000 per annum

²     Travel Exps  – Rs.300 per month x 12 =   Rs.3600/- per annum – Visits to 5 villages by vehicle.

²     Education materials – Rs.1000/- per annum – for all centres

²     Administrative cost – Rs.3000/- per annum – Correspondence, telephone, postage, xerox, photos, documentation, award books, Visual show etc.

²     Camps per year(including food)  – Rs.3000/- per camp = Rs.6000/- per annum – We plan to conduct at least 2 camps per year so that we can identify individual students interest and talents.  This helps to motivate them in proper direction.

²     4 Teacher training program – Rs.1200/-   per annum

– Teacher training through experienced personnel to achieve the objective    which includes providing them training manual and ideas for documentation

²     We would like to appoint a full time staff to visit villages and co-ordinate the efforts of TNKM tuition centres on regular basis. On his spare time the staff will also work for Thiyagam Unit.   For this staff we have to pay minimum of Rs.1200/-.per month which comes to Rs.14400/- per annum

²     Contingency Expenses – Rs.5000/- per annum

 

The above Budget Proposal is prepared taking into account basic requirements only. TNKM will submit systematic accounts once in three months with receipts.   TNKM will also submit the report of the student’s progress on regular basis.

 

visited Iniya Udhayam

10-Mar-2007
Chennai, TN.

Hi,

On the way back to my home 4m Siragu, I visited Iniya Udhayam also. Actually, I didn’t plan it b4.  So, cudnt meet the trustees. But, I conversed with the Spoken English teacher, to which course we support. She works as a professor in MOP.Vaishnava college. She takes classes here only in the week-ends. She is very much talented. Apart 4m her, her daughter also comes to classes then and thr out of her own interest. (She is doing only her 11th).

At first, I thought whether the salary is over for just the week-end classes. But, after seeing the performance of the students, I changed my mind. It has been only just 3 months shorter after the course started. But, by now, they are able to understand atleast what we speak, if its simple sentence and are able to reply in english. Of course in broken english. But, within 3 months, this seems to be a tremendous improvement.

The materials are prepared by the faculty by herself and are verymuch innovative. Like… She tells a word like sports, fashion, etc and asks them to collect the relevant paper cuttings and prepare a chart. And, she asks them to write a passage abt a topic in Tamil and asks them to translate into english. Like this for everyweek she prepares a new thing and distibute among the students. I am sure, the day when the students talk in gud english are not very far. J

I took some fotos and will send the link once I uploaded them.

Luv,
Athi (B +ve)

We are responsible for what we are and whatever we wish ourselves to be.
—–Swami Vivekananda.

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