OUR CAMPUS - MILIND PUBLIC SCHOOL
Babsaheb placed a lot of emphasis on education as a means of emancipation of the oppressed. He also believed all communities must come together in a spirit of fraternity to realize equality in society. In an effort to provide access to good quality education for children of all communities from different walks of life, Spoorthidhama Trust set up the Milind Public School on campus offering CBSE curriculum. It has all other facilities such as a large playground, library and opportunities for overall development though cultural and extra-curricular activities.
Every year fees and other costs have been waived or substantially reduced for children from vulnerable and poor communities who constitute nearly 40% of the total student strength. This way Spoorthidhama has been ensuring that students from all walks of life learn together without any discrimination. Unlike other schools, Milind School does not insist on high scores at the time of admission. It takes pride in the fact that it admits average and less than average students and moulds them into high scorers. Milind School has a track record of excellent performances by its students in the Class 10 examinations.
A total of 330 (80%) of the total 407 students have re-enrolled in our school for the year 2021-22. Of the 330 who have re-enrolled, 320 have been able to do so only because the Trust either fully or partially waived off their fees. Of the total 330 students who have re-enrolled:
- Fees have been completely waived for 17% of the students
- 55% of the students have received a reduction of fees by 25%
- 25% of the students have received a reduction in fees by 50%
- Parents of only 3% of the students have been able to pay the full amount without any problem
The remaining 77 students have not been able to re-enroll because of financial crisis in the family. Spoorthidhama has initiated a crowd- funding campaign to support these children return to school.
These Children need Your Help to Return to School
The Covid 19 pandemic has proved detrimental to the well- being of children, adolescents and youth. It has reversed several decades of work put in to improve children’s access to education and their academic progress. The recently released Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) based on a survey in 24 districts of Karnataka in March 2021 indicates significant learning loss as well as learning regression of foundational skills in language and mathematics.
Children have also dropped out of school. For many children it means loss of one sumptuous meal. Children who have lost a parent are shouldering the responsibility of making ends meet. Several young boys have been drawn into petty crimes and addictions while young girls have been married off. UNICEF calls this a ‘catastrophic education emergency worldwide’. What we are staring at is: the threat of losing an entire generation of vulnerable children to exploitation, abuse, malnutrition and violence.
In this context, several groups including Spoorthidhama have been intervening to mitigate these devastating consequences. The Trust runs an English medium CBSE school called the Milind Public School. The main goal of the school is to provide good quality education for children from varied backgrounds. Every year fees and other costs are waived either fully or partially for children from vulnerable and poor communities who constitute nearly 40% of the total strength. This way Spoorthidhama is ensuring that students from different backgrounds learn together without any discrimination. Milind School does not insist on high scores at the time of admission. It takes pride in the fact that it admits average and less than average students and moulds them into high scorers. Milind School has a track record of excellent performances by its students in Class 10 examinations.
As a consequence of Covid19, there has been a deluge of parents approaching the Trust seeking fee waiver. The proportion of children provided fee waiver either fully or partially has increased to 97% (320 out of 340 admissions) in the current academic year.
Anil (name changed) is a bright student in class VII. His father lost his job due to Covid19 which has triggered a series of crises: Anil’s grandmother who suffered from Chronic Kidney Damage (CKD) passed away as they could not afford the cost of dialysis. Anil and his younger brother have dropped out of school. Racked by guilt at not being able to meet even basic needs of his family, Anil’s father has taken to drinking. His mother has started to work as a domestic help. While the struggle for survival continues, Anil longs to go back to school. He has been listless and dull. Unable to see his distress, his mother has approached the Trust for fee support.
But the Trust has run out of resources and is unable to respond not only to Anil’s request but also of 63 other children who have approached the Trust for support. The only way out of this extremely distressing situation is to reach out to you to help us support Anil and his 63 friends to continue their education.
We seek your generous donation to help Anil and his friends (a total of 64 children)
get back to school.
The cost of sponsoring one child is Rs.27750/- per annum. This cost covers the cost of annual fees, uniform and books.
Your donation will help the child get back on track, relieve anxiety and guilt of parents who are unable to provide for their children’s education. You will ensure that the child is safe from abuse, trafficking, hunger and falling prey to anti-social elements. Your donation in fact will save an entire generation from being wiped off the education map. Your contribution is an investment in the future of this country and ensuring that it is protected and nurtured.
- You can choose to contribute monthly or in one lump sum.
- You could choose to donate to support one or more children.
- You can contribute any amount, not necessarily the entire cost of one child.
All your contributions are tax exempted under 80G of the IT Act.
No amount is too small. Remember, ‘Little drops make the might ocean’!
Anil and his friends are waiting for your help.