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Sitharkadu Aided Middle School

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June 10, 2011

Donate for Sitharkadu Aided Middle School in Tamil Nadu, India! They need our help in educating children of local disadvantaged families.  See more

BENEFITING:

Sainath Asokan

THE STORY:

Established in 1940 by Mr. Thirugnanam Pillai, Sitharkadu Aided Middle School is located in the Sitharkadu Village in Tamil Nadu, India. Initially only containing a mere 38 students, it has grown and developed over the years to now serve 606 students with 18 employed teachers, resulting in a 34:1 student:teacher ratio. It is currently run by Mr. S. Jayaraman.





Sitharkadu Aided Middle School serves students from standards I to VIII with each grade having a structured curriculum of activity-based learning for younger children or active learning methodology for upper classes. All subjects, English, mathematics, social science, science, and environmental science, are taught through the mother-tongue of Tamil, the medium of instruction used except for English.





Due to being located in a local impoverished village, this government-funded middle school supports the area with its mission to provide education to children of these economically disadvantaged families. These children come from families of blue collar workers who are struggling every day to obtain earnings to support those around them. As a result, students struggle to pay for required textbooks, school supplies, and other essentials for a good education.





After traveling to India and having had the chance to visit the school at work, I immediately understood the current condition the school was in and realized that any amount of help would benefit them in a huge way. I observed that the school was in need of walls that completely separate each classroom, so that the classes can function separately without distractions and hearing instruction in nearby rooms. Younger children lacked proper desks and chairs in the classroom and were thus forced to learn by sitting on the floor. Upper grades were in need of more tables and chairs to prevent crowding. Though computer education is listed on the school’s syllabus, it was apparent that the school lacked funding for sufficient computers to instruct students about the workings of a modern PC.





The Sitharkadu Aided Middle School does as much as it can to help these students in need, but they need our help. Any donations will be greatly appreciated as I travel to India this summer to assist these children and implement needed changes in the school. Feel free to contact me, Sainath Asokan, via email at sainath.asokan@gmail.com or via phone, (919)439-9063 or (919)522-0008. Thank you.

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