Help the cognitive development of a rural child by Vidyarambam

Help the cognitive development of a rural child

Impact

Every monthly donation helps educate more kids like Surya

Vidyarambam Trust works in the villages of Tamilnadu to help children get a strong arithmetic and language foundation. Due to the quality of government school education, many pre-primary students have very poor language and arithmetic skills.

Surya, a grade 2 student from the Panchayat Union Primary school Soorakkadu, was struggling to learn concepts in school. It was then he was enrolled at Vidyarambam center. He was introduced to play learning through word building and counting games. He soon improved to form sentences. Group learning helped him to learn from his peers and achieve results. Now he can read, write, and comprehend language.He is also comfortable with basics of arithmetic.

Surya enjoys learning and he is no more in danger of discontinuing his education.

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About The Program

What the beneficiary gets
Tuition
What you get
Tax Exemption
Periodic Reports
Program Description

Vidyarambam Trust, an NGO based in Chennai, has designed an affordable 'play-way' curriculum. The program identifies villages lacking a quality education, selects and trains teachers in such villages and provides supplemental education for under-achieving children.

This program is in three-level grades KG -1, 2 - 3, and 4 - 5 and is complementary to education provided in government schools. A teacher-student ratio of 1:20 is maintained to ensure focused-attention teaching. Their initiatives of training local women as teachers, organizing classes comprising of children with similar learning capacities, and using proven, enjoyable teaching methodologies have worked effectively. Almost 95% of the expenses are towards teaching, materials, monitoring and evaluating, and project support expenses.

This donation helps the center create better learning facilities for pre-primary children to form a strong educational foundation. When you support this program, a rural child with limited access to education gets a chance to learn better.

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About The NGO

Vidyarambam
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Vidyarambam

Vidyarambam is dedicated to providing enjoyable quality education to all under-privileged pre-primary and primary children to encourage them to successfully continue their education. It started out of a passion for disadvantaged rural children who were not getting a quality education.

Mr. V. Ranganathan, Founder, and President is basically an Automobile Engineer worked in India and the Middle East in Managerial capacity. He is retired and he devotes his time entirely to the Trust. He asks-Can we do not provide enjoyable education to attract children? Can we remove the social injustice of denying them a quality education at the vulnerable age?

Close to 8600 Primary and Middle School children have been served in the lifetime of the foundation. Support classes are conducted for over 1200 junior and senior school children

In 2012, Midtown's was awarded the Best digital Literacy Center by the Vidyarambam Trust Digital Literacy.

The foundation until today has changed 25000 lives directly and indirectly

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founders
Founded in 1991
NGO Leadership

Mr.C.K.Sridhar

areas of operation
Area of Operation
Area of Operation

Primary Education | education

location of work
Location of Work
Location of Work

Tamil Nadu

awards
Awards And Recognitions
Awards And Recognitions

2012: TATA Institute of Social Sciences

last audited
Last Audited
Periodic Compliance Checks by GiveIndia

Renewals FY 19-20

Program Updates

Program Updates

19 May, 2022

VT Doorstep Learning Centers

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

For the academic year 2021-22, Vidyarambam started online in the first week of June 2021. Since the children whom we are addressing do not possess a smartphone, we sent the worksheets and lessons to their parents' Whatsapp. When they come back from work, the children will see these lessons and do the activities or homework given by the tutors. The tutors praised the children and corrected them if anything was wrong, thus encouraging them to cooperate for the online classes. Meanwhile, Vidyarambam started direct classes with the consent of the parents in the corona-free zones, strictly following all the safety measurements. Teachers and children received great cooperation from parents to make these classes a success. Vidyarambam teachers made every effort to strengthen the basic education of the children who were attending classes after a long gap. Loose letter cards in Tamil and English were used to introduce children to letters. And slowly, they started to make small words. Later, nouns and verbs were taught for both online and offline classes. Using Vidyarambam material, audio and videos were recorded to teach these and they were able to learn about a hundred such nouns and verbs. After giving them the basics in Tamil, English, and maths, Vidyarambam started the lessons from their text books. Worksheets were prepared and given to these children in languages, math, and science. Tests were given to the children to bring out their talents and skills. Children were made to do the activities given in their textbooks for all the subjects. Videos were made of the contents of the textbooks and were shown to the children. On December 1, 2021, schools started after a long gap but were soon closed due to heavy rains in Tamil Nadu. Overall, 750+ children attended the direct classes and 320+ children attended online classes in the districts of Tirunelveli, Sankarankovil, Ariyalur, Mayiladuthurai, Trichy, Dindigul, etc.


Challenges faced and next steps

Reaching out to the children was a big challenge. Since there was a long gap between them and their classes, we had to start from the basics. We were able to give them better attention in the direct classes. Even though we sent them lessons on smartphones, children need to wait for their parents to give them the phone to learn.


Stories from the ground

The children were happy to come to the classes, and it was a way for them to show off their talents.


28 November, 2021

Doorstep School

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Activities and work undertaken in the last 5-6 months

Due to the present crisis of Covid19, when the Schools are closed, Vidyarambam taught children either online or in-person in the corona-free zones. These classes were held in the tutor’s home or a community hall. Vidyarambam trained the girls/women from villages to work as Teachers. After the lessons were taught, the worksheets were distributed to the students, for some at the doorstep. 3177 children were taught for the Academic year 2020-21 with the curriculum of Vidyarambam. 60 per cent of the children had excellent progress in language and mathematics. Products made by children were exhibited. Certificates were awarded to the children who have excelled during this lockdown period. Provided masks, sanitiser, textbooks for children. Provided relief items consisting of 22 basic provision items for 1270 families in the districts of Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Ariyalur, Trichy, and Mayiladuthurai. In Tamil Nadu, we taught 3177 children from 104 villages in 7 Districts namely Tirunelveli, Tenkasi, Trichy, Ariyalur, Dindigul, Mayiladuthurai, and Ramanathapuram for the academic year 2020-21. The children were taught to do arts and crafts activities at home. It was a way for kids to discover their talents for themselves. Children who were about to become child labourers also took part and began to focus on their studies and sports.


Challenges faced and next steps

There was no challenge in utilizing the funds as the teachers were constantly doing work. But on the side of operations and for the children, the challenges were many. When the school closed in March 2020, children lost, among many other things, their development of social skills that they picked up when interacting with peers, and the academic process. The longer the children stay out of school, the more they forget, the less they know, and in the context of government schools, many students may simply choose to drop out altogether. Vidyarambam team made efforts to reach out to these children in their homes and made them take part in studies. Digital access and technology are clearly necessary for these times to supplement traditional teaching methods. Mobile phones turned lifelines for the children of migrant labourers too, and this needs funding. These facilities are not possible for the poor children in the village. Only a very few parents would own a smartphone. Our teachers met the parents explaining how we planned to keep the lessons going. We worked in safe, public places with children who are part of the Tamil Nadu government school. In the initial stage, we focused on training teachers and improving language and socio-emotional learning and later started classes in the corona-free zones for the children.


Stories from the ground

An impact story from the ground will be shared in the next reporting cycle.


23 March, 2021

Knowledge Park

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Vidyarambam believes that every student is a success, and to make this a reality it offers support courses to aid in their journey towards literacy. Accordingly, it lends a helping hand to children already in school (pre-primary to class V), but weak in basics like languages - both English and Tamil, and Mathematics. Children work individually and in groups that lead to a deeper understanding of language, Mathematics, Science, Music, and much more. Since learning happens practically, a method which is different from the conventional method of ‘Talk and Chalk’, children show great enthusiasm to learn and it also facilitates learning their school syllabus with less difficulty. As said by Hodding Carter, There are two things we should give our children, one is ‘roots’ and the other is ‘Wings’.  Going by the saying, Vidyarambam aims to endow students with Knowledge, Creativity, Innovation, Discipline, and a Sense of Responsibility.



5 August, 2020

Innovate to transform the learning experience

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Innovate to transform the learning experience




Children are taught with hands-on experience predominantly like sowing seeds, harvest, measuring liquids, volume, etc. The tutors, assessors, and Coordinators are given repeated trainings and also encouraged to come out with novel ideas to teach the concepts. We also had the old student reunion wherein children shared their evergreen memories and also talked about our teaching methodology that is helping them. Sports Day and Science Project Day were done in the School in January and February respectively. Children displayed different innovative projects.



3 December, 2019

Children engaged in learning sessions

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Children engaged in learning sessions








23 May, 2019

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Program Update


Vidyarambam children learn through sensory motor activities and work with various specially designed materials that develop their cognitive powers. Children acquire different concept of mathematics through hands on learning according to their age group and also trained to read fluently in Tamil and English. Children work individually and in groups that lead to a deeper understanding of the language, Mathematics, Science and much more. Vidyarambam has developed its own kit for Primary children which are divided into 3 levels comprising of kids, Junior and Senior.


The academic year started with a first term training for the Coordinators and Assessors. We teach them to combine Samacheer syllabus with Vidyarambam materials. In Turn these Coordinators impart the training to the teachers in their respective area. Children have ice breaking games before starting the lessons like "Your name, my name”. While they enjoy this as a game, it also helps them to know each other. Lots of activities like making of paper ships, paper fan etc happen in the class which improves the hand eye coordination of the children. They also did sample paddy cultivation in their respective areas. Children are taken for a nature walk once in a week, they collect some things on their way and talk about the same in the class which develops their knowledge apart from vocabulary.


Story from the field


P. Kalpana is studying in V Standard in Thenmalai village in Tuticorin district. Her father’s name is Mr. Paraman and her mother’s name is Mrs.Shanmughathai. Both of them are daily wage laborers. Her Vidyarambam (VT) Teacher’s name is Ms. Kaleeswari. In the beginning, Kalpana was not attentive in the class and was not taking part in any of the group activities. Vidyarambam teachers are trained to identify such students and show special attention to these children. Slowly, she started participating in group activities and also came forward to answer questions. In Tamil, she was only able to read words but after the intervention of VT Teacher, she is now able to read small stories. In Maths, she has progressed from simple additions to multiplication tables. As we teach English using the phoneme method, she is picking up well and now able to identify words. Since learning happens practically, a method which is different from the conventional method of ‘Talk and Chalk’, children show great enthusiasm to learn and it also facilitates in learning their school syllabus with less difficulty.


What is the number of beneficiaries/ benefits provided in this program, Year-To-Date91
Village/City/State where project is locatedThenmalai and Narayanapuram in Sankarankoil in Tirunelveli District in TamilNadu
Total Budget for the project for FY18-19Rs.216000
Total Expenses for the project YTDRs.116298