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2. Educational Care

Education will give them self-worth. They have wings, give them eyes.


Education is the foundation for the upliftment of mankind. Education empowers an individual, broadens his horizons and drastically improves the quality of his life. Education, or rather the lack of it, is a burning national issue with a disturbingly large percentage of our population suffering from illiteracy. Despite our rapid economic progress, the children of rural India still remain devoid of the basic benefits of our growth. By giving them a smile we may make their day, by giving them food and shelter their basic needs will be taken care of, but if we give them the gift of education, we gift them stability, a life of dignity, financial independence and a much higher standard of living.

Launched under the Shrimad Rajchandra Love and Care Programme, 'Educational Care' is a heartfelt endeavour that seeks to provide needy children with education, value-based learning and programmes designed for their overall development. With a goal of reaching out to the underprivileged rural child, various empowerment activities have already commenced in the rural areas of Gujarat due to which over 4 lakh school children have benefited. So far, stationery items worth Rs. 6 crores have been distributed at subsidised rates. These efforts in turn will sketch a brighter tomorrow for the children, for India and for mankind as a whole.



PROJECTS


1 Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyapeeth

There has been no science college across 238 villages of Dharampur and Kaprada talukas in South Gujarat.

Although there were students ready to pursue higher education in the field of science, but due to lack of infrastructure they could not pursue it ahead.

Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyapeeth (SRV) offers Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry and Microbiology, and includes classes in Physics, Botany, Mathematics, Computer Science, English Communication and Environmental Study.

The college building has spacious laboratories, well-equipped classrooms, an extensive library, administration area, a cafeteria and a central courtyard. The college focuses on employable education and integrated development of students, providing them an opportunity to merge science with the wisdom found in their local villages.

SRV will be a college where students do not strive only for marks; but are filled with a passion to research and innovate, a place where education shapes their way of thinking. SRV will also provide scholarships to students who require them.

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2 Shrimad Rajchandra Gurukul

The rural scenario for secondary and higher secondary education is grim. Especially with respect to the field of science, the options for deserving underprivileged students to pursue higher education are very limited. Recognising the need in the area for quality education, Shrimad Rajchandra Gurukul - a secondary and higher secondary school in Karanjveri, has been started. This school provides the highest quality of education, with a fully equipped infrastructure consisting of science labs, computer lab, library, residential facility, sports facility etc. The focus is on the all-round development of a child with special emphasis on the field of Science, Maths and English through innovative teaching methods.

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3 Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavihar

In 2004, Shrimad Rajchandra Educational Trust (SRET) adopted a rural residential (4th-8th std.) school in Tamachhadi, Dharampur. This school was renamed the Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavihar (SRV).

With the financial support extended by SRET, the 9th and 10th std. were additionally introduced in the school. Earlier, students would drop out of school after completing their 7th std. education in order to work in the fields and earn a livelihood, mainly for the provision of their daily meals. To put an end to this unfortunate trend, nutritious and healthy food is also provided at school as a motivational factor for them to continue and complete their education, up till the 10th std. continued financial support also ensured addition of more teachers and children.

The school today, houses children from 4th to 10th std. It looks after the all-round development of children through formal education, moral-based education, cultural activities and sports. The provision of holistic quality education has shown tremendous change in the confidence levels and overall lives of the children, who now regularly participate in inter-school competitions.

Free Coaching classes

Free coaching classes are conducted for students in the 10th and 12th std. of 7 schools, in and around Dharampur, in order to prepare them for their board examinations. These classes help rural children who need extra care and attention in their academic performance but cannot afford to enrol in commercially run coaching classes. The focus is on the subjects of English, Mathematics and Science, as rural children require help in these areas. Many students have secured more than 80% marks in the above subjects and schools are achieving 100% passing results.

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4 Shrimad Rajchandra Saksharta Ghar Angane

This is a community-based initiative aimed at educating rural folk at their doorstep. It envisages an active involvement of local teachers and volunteers to strengthen formal education among children and to help adults from the villages acquire basic functional literacy. Regular visits are undertaken by volunteers to impart education in villages.


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5 Shrimad Rajchandra Education on Wheels

Shrimad Rajchandra Education on Wheels is an initiative to impart quality education through a mobile van. The van is specially designed to include a library, few science laboratory kits, audio visual equipment and a projector to support e-learning in classrooms. The van also contains vocational tools so as to promote vocational training amidst students.

The van covers large distances and brings quality education to schools in remote areas, along with specialised teachers to support students in academics.

Rural areas lack trained teachers or facilities and the van provides coaching classes in English, Mathematics and Science to aid students in overcoming their difficulties. Teachers also impart value based education to ensure the holistic development of children.


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6 Shrimad Rajchandra Educational Aids

This project involves the provision of school bags, notebooks, ball pens, etc. to needy students at subsidised rates. About 60 lakh units of educational aids have been distributed, reaching out to over 4 lakh underprivileged children. The distribution takes place from 12 centres – Dharampur, Nanaponda, Kaprada, Khergaam, Kukeri, Ahava, Chikhli, Pardi, Valsad, Vansda, Rumla and Rankuva. Families travel over 30 kilometres to purchase this stationery, as the quality is superior to that available in the market and that too at highly subsidised rates. Distribution starts one week before schools reopen. The entire process of product development, sourcing, distribution and sales is managed by group of dedicated sevaks.

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7Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavikas Yojana

Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavikas Yojana has been instituted to encourage, appreciate and award academic excellence. It is designed to aid and assist youth unable to pursue higher education due to lack of adequate family income. There are two schemes under Shrimad Rajchandra Vidyavikas Yojana.

  • Interest Free Loans: Interest free loans of up to rupees one lakh a year are given to needy students across India to encourage them to pursue graduation and post graduation degrees. Those interested in availing a loan are requested to fill up the form by clicking here.
  • Scholarships: Scholarships are awarded to students from Dharampur and surrounding districts, who display excellence in academics, sports, fine arts, performing arts such as debates, elocution, dance, singing etc..
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8Shrimad Rajchandra Learning Education and Development (LEAD)

Under this project free coaching classes are conducted for rural students who need extra care and attention in their academic performance but cannot afford to enrol in commercially run coaching classes. Training workshops and counselling sessions are also conducted to impart additional skills required in future for a meaningful employment Programmes for teachers’ training are also organised under this project.

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