We stopped to analyze why.
Most of the children from rural areas are first generation learners. Often children struggle to cope with subjects and they have no one to turn to for help. This factor, coupled with day to day financial struggles, forces children to drop out of school. We at KONE believe that education opens doors to better opportunities and every child must be empowered by knowledge. This is why KONE Centennial Foundation (KCF) and KONE India support the Single Teacher Schools initiative run by Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society, a not-for-profit Society. KONE has adopted 20 villages in rural areas of Sriperumbudur, near Chennai. The villages and teachers are identified by the NGO (Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society).
Single Teacher Schools is a unique concept that is being implemented at elementary school level in lot of villages – with the support of the village Panchayat. Single Teacher Schools act as educational support. They are supplementary schools that are run after school hours – mostly between 4 pm – 7 pm. Underprivileged children ranging from 5 – 16 years attend this school and they are coached in the 5 core subjects – English, Tamil, Mathematics, Science and Environmental Studies. These subjects are handled by one teacher who explains and clears any doubts that the children may have. The teacher is chosen from among the village community. He or she is a graduate from the village with a passion to teach and interact with children. Since the teacher is one among them, the children are also comfortable about asking their doubts and interacting with him/her.
We do not stop with mere dispersal of funds, but also monitors the children’s educational level and ensures that they have everything they need to support their education.
Through this initiative, we hope to reduce the drop-out rates among children and guide them on the path to a better tomorrow.