Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Vidhai for quality education | Agaram Learning Centre | Agaram-Vazhikatigal



Vidhai (for quality education)

Life is like two sides of a coin, people who are in need of help and people who are able to and willing to offer it. The same can be said about educational assistance. Just as a Blood bank enables the donor to donate blood to save the life of someone in need; Our database aims at introducing our patrons to the worthy and deserving candidate, to whom quality education would grant a fresh lease of life. In this age where quality education comes at a cost that not everyone can afford, there are Samaritans who are willing to offer financial assistance to those in need. Many socially responsible individuals and organizations have approached us in the past, expressing willingness to offer financial assistance for imparting education to the needy. It is hence that we decided to be the bridge between the deprived candidate and quality education which is made possible through a sponsorship from our Patron.

A small deed by someone can create a big difference in another’s life. We work towards identifying and authenticating the deserving candidate and also the cost associated with sponsoring quality education for the candidate. Depending upon the quantum of sponsorship and preferences recorded with us, details of the Sponsorship and Educational Institution for the appropriate Candidate are then made available to the benefactor. Upon confirmation the details of the Sponsorship (Candidate, Benefactor, Educational Institution etc…) are then recorded on the database, post which the Benefactor can then directly provide their contribution to the respective educational institution. On behalf of the benefactor we also maintain the academic records of those students chosen for sponsorship.

Agaram Learning Centre

The Educational Institution plays a very vital role in the quality of education imparted to the students. The basic requirements like amenities and the Faculty have a strong bearing on the Educational Institution. A vast majority of the Educational Institutions in rural Tamilnadu lacks these basic requirements and hence is unable to provide Quality Education. This can be addressed if the student could attend Private tuition to compensate for this lack of infrastructure, which unfortunately is a luxury that most people neither have access to, nor can they afford. This is what Agaram tries to address through our Learning Centers.

At the learning centre we not only try to provide them with better coaching on their curriculum but also emphasize on all round development of the individual through soft skills training and personality development programs. There are 10 such centers in different Districts of Tamilnadu that is run by Agaram today. Each center is resourced with at least One Faculty (Tutor), trained and remunerated by Agaram. Agaram organizes for the Faculty to undergo training to handle multi-level and multi-grade curriculum. The Faculty is aided by Volunteers who are responsible for coordinating all the activities for the center. Averages of 40-50 students from 5th to 8th Std. are chosen to benefit from each centre. The faculty would tutor these students for about 2 ½ hours daily, out of which an hour and a half are dedicated to academics and the remainder of time focuses on soft skills and personality development. Apart from this special workshops are conducted on overall personality of the students.

Special care is taken to identify the special talents and interests of these students. Adequate care is taken in nurturing these skills and talents along with providing plenty of opportunity to exhibit and further hone these skills. The objective of the learning center is to develop Educated, Cultured and Strong Individuals who will have the preparedness and courage to forge a strong and successful future for themselves and for the community from which they come.


"Children are one third of our population and all of our future." Are we caring enough for their future?

At Agaram-Vazhikatigal, every member does! Through our mission of mentoring the students and not merely funding their education, we go a step further in bringing out their talent, dream, skill and desire, paving way for every kid to achieve their goal.

Vazhai an NGO who have pioneered in this concept of mentoring, have now prompted Agaram to adopt the same.

Agaram-Vazhikatigal nurtures school children in the remotest parts of Tamil Nadu, India... where parents are daily wage laborer and obviously cannot fend for their little children, and if somehow these parents do manage to send their children to school it is just until they are old enough to become laborers themselves. This is why we came up with a mission to nurture these underprivileged children.

Like all children these kids too have dreams, and we work towards helping them make it a reality. We are attempting to nurture, guide and build a whole new generation of students, so that they, in turn, do the same for the generation that follows.

These children need mentors... and one of them could be a motivated person like you. Mentoring here in Agaram means more than just education... As a mentor you can open a whole new world for them... inspire them...

Mentors are registered volunteer members of Agaram foundation professionals who can spare their time and some money to take care of one child’s education and, more importantly, help realize the child’s true potential by providing vital guidance and support through the years. In this program a mentor interacts with the student regularly, teaches them the basics of general awareness about the society, personal hygiene, inter-personal communication, educates them as well as guide them through their turbulent lives.

Students are also encouraged to write letters and postcards to their mentors. This not only provides a means for regular update, but also gives the mentor an opportunity to tone up the communication skills and overall development of the child. A mentor meets or speaks to his/her ward frequently, gets to visit them once in two months and this regular contact is priceless for the Child. This in turn helps the child to be more confident and they feel at ease when they meet their mentor the next time.

Knowledge they say increases by sharing, this is why we aim at bringing mentors like you closer to these students so that at the end both the receiver and the giver benefit.. While you try to teach our children all about life, our children will teach you what life is all about. All that these children ask from you is your support and a little time and we are sure that you will gain more than what you give. At the end of the day you'll be glad for investing your energy because you would know that somewhere far away a child is motivated and inspired... all because of you.

If you wish to enable these tasks, become a volunteer at AGARAM and make a child’s dream come true!!!


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