Monthly meeting held at Asha office Mylapore on 28th October 2018
Time: 9: 30 AM, 25th Nov’ 18
Attendees: Rajaram, Ramakrishnan, Venkataraman, Arun, Lokesh, Saraswathi, Usha Ananthan, Bhaskar, Sundaram, Sriram, Kasturi, Bhuvaneswari, Venkat, Ananth.
Decisions are marked in blue.
1. Meeting was kicked off with a round of introductions by all present
2. Kasturi gave an update on Project Poorna Vidhya
3. Sriram briefed the group about the visit to the schools in and around Guduvanchery. Rajaram, Kasturi & Ramakrishnan gave their views on these schools as well.
Recommendation to support three additional schools (PUPS Nandhivaram, PUMS Guduvancheri and PUMS Orathoor) with three additional teachers (one normal teacher & two computer teacher) was approved unanimously.
This will also provide Computer teacher support for the existing school at Nandivaram
4. Rajaram briefed the group that the FY 17-18 audit for Asha Chennai and Asha India are completed.
5. Rajaram and a few others briefed the new members about the functioning of Asha Chennai
There are about 15 volunteers & 70 staff. In addition there are 5 coordinators and one computer service Engineer.
The Volunteers group is the primary decision making body.
Fund Raising – roughly 1/3rd US and 2/3rd India
Currently Asha Chennai is not registered as a separate entity and hence we use Asha Varanasi for giving 80G exemption certificates etc. We are now trying to register Asha Chennai as a separate entity,
FY 18-19: expected revenue & expenses around Rs 2 Cr.
6. Updates on Projects
Stewards – Kasturi & Venkataraman
Currently 110 students are being supported
Some of the criteria used for selecting students are – Family income < Rs. 1.5L/Annum, Single Parent family, Multiple Children etc.
Physical home visits carried out for verification
Scholarship of RS 12K/year or actuals, whichever is lower, for Standards 1 to 10, Rs 17K/year for standards 11 & 12 and Rs 20K/year for college students.
Sriram & Ramakrishnan volunteered to get involved with this group from the current cycle of scholarship disbursement
Steward – Saraswathi
To promote education as a tool to change the marginal status of the gypsies
One project in Indira Nagar and one in Kottur
Saraswathi briefed the group on the enormous challenges faced in this community and how they were slowly overcoming them to make a difference
Chennai (Poorna Vidhya) – 6 to 9 schools
Tiruvalluvar (Sangamam) – 66 schools
Tuticorn (Pearl) – 6 schools
Tiruvanamalai/Senji (Thulasi) – 7 schools
Provide – Process, Material &Infrastructure
Training of teachers to move away from Rote learning to strengthening fundamentals
Yearly Assessments conducted across 85 schools and 6000 students and results shared with schools
Improve enrolment through – Joyful learning, excursions , uniforms etc.
To serve a small village
Today we have libraries in
Nagalapuram & Suryaminikan (Pearl)
Seeyapoondi (Tulasi) - library plus tuition centre
Other than Annanagar ,all the other libraraies are outside any school premises
Tech & Education
Education content Packages for learning
All teachers have a laptop
Content mapped to School lessons
Used in all our 85 schools
Computer Science teaching
Good Curriculum different from others
Scratch and Blockly programming.
Better than Private schools
Asha Impressions competition held every year
7. Meeting wound up with a request for all new volunteers to get involved in the various projects.
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