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Welcome to Vidyaprasara Vidyamandira!

Background

According to 2011 census of India, 68.84% of Indians live in villages. The quality and access to education is major concern in most of villages. Even though the number of rural students attending schools is rising, more than half of the students in fifth grade are unable to read a second grade text book and are not able to solve simple mathematical problems. Not only this, the level of math and reading is declining at an alarming rate.

Some of the major problems that plague the rural education system in India are related to both quality and access of teaching learning facilities and basic infrastructure. While dearth of teachers and poor quality of teaching directly effects learning outcomes, poor infrastructural facilities in terms of classrooms and benches, blackboards, playgrounds, toilets, water, etc, also hamper the delivery of quality education and make the school unattractive to a child. The foundation to turn India into a strong nation has to be laid down at primary and rural levels and so the quality of education right from the beginning should be excellent.

Hejamadi Kodi , is one such village situated at southern end of Udipi District of Karnataka State, India. It is a remote village adjoining the Arabian Sea in the west, surrounded by Shambhavi river in the East & south in a triangular shape. It has a population of around 10,000. Local people primarily depend upon fishing and agriculture for their livelihood. Income of most of the household of this village is estimated at around Rs.5,000 to Rs.6,000 per month. Almost entire population of this village belongs to backward caste.

Children from the village seeking English medium education were compelled to travel for about two hours for attending English medium school in the city. It is estimated that the village has about 450 children from the village who had to travel daily too far off places for attending the school. Since the education at privately run English medium schools in city is quite expensive, the school drop-out rate amongst the children of the village was high. Villagers who primarily depend upon fishing and farm labour often find it difficult to afford expensive school education in school. Hence, the situation had adverse effect on the economic and social wellbeing of the village and on the literacy level of the village. The people of these strata are living below poverty line and their income is highly uncertain.

In the light of above, The Hejamady-Kodi Vidyaprasara Foundation was formed for setting up an English medium school in this remote village to provide quality education to the village children. The main aim of the Foundation is to cater the educational needs of the less privileged children and to show a light in their future life. Following are the main objectives of this initiative:
• To establish English Medium primary and secondary school.
• To make available English medium primary and secondary level of education to the village children.
• To achieve zero school drop-out rate in the village and increase the literacy level.
• To provide better standard of education than currently available in nearby city.



Highlights of the activities and achievements:

The school was started in 2012 with a small batch of 22 students and due to encouraging response from the villagers rose to 410 students in 2023-24. The year-wise growth of the students over the years is given the chart shown here.

The foundation stone for the construction of new school building was laid on 4th April 2013 by Nadoja Dr. G. Shankar a popular philanthropist in Karnataka. Construction activities of the school building commenced soon thereafter. In order to reduce the cost of construction Foundation involved the volunteers from the village to do the manual labour work and also to supervise the construction. Foundation distributed free books and uniforms to school children and organized village group meetings to create awareness of importance of education and preventing school drop outs. Foundation also actively involved Gram Panchayant in its activities to enable wider participation of people of village in its activities.

In the year 2013 the Foundation acquired an acre of land in Hejamady-Kodi and began construction of school building. In May 2014 the Foundation completed the construction of the ground floor of the school building admeasuring 6,500 sq.ft. with 7 class rooms. School started functioning from this new premise from 2nd June 2014 onwards with 122 children by enrolling 61 new students. School conducted classes from Nursery till 2nd Standard. School also had teaching staff of 5 teachers and new teachers are recruited during the year. Apart from academic courses Foundation also started the courses for sports, drawings, dance and yoga. School conducted various cultural functions and provided children opportunity to develop, expand and display their talent. Foundation also provided free books and uniforms to school children. Foundation enrolled new members into its fold and increased number of volunteers. Active members of the Foundation personally visited many village households and encouraged them to send the children to school and reduced school drop outs.

In order to accommodate more students in the school it was felt that it is necessary to construct to additional floors to the school building. Hence, the Foundation has started the construction of 1st and 2nd floor of school building in the month of June 2015.

In order to provide high standard of education to poor village students, the Foundation has entered education partnership with M/s Pearson and enrolled itself to their innovating learning program ‘MyPedia’. Under this program, M/s Pearson will be providing entire academic support to the school including providing text books, work books, teacher’s guidance books, teachers training and counselling sessions, student’s evaluation systems and also digital educational tools. The Foundation expects that this will significantly help in increasing education standard of school for the benefit of these rural poor children.

The Foundation used digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning and assessment so that children become engaged thinkers, active learners, knowledge constructors and global citizens to participate fully in society and the economy. Information and Communication Technology (ICT) can play a central role in transforming teaching, learning and assessment practices for teachers, students, in a high-quality 21st century education system. As a first step towards the use of digital technologies, the Foundation has set up digital classrooms.

Given below year wise highlights of activities carried out by the Foundation in the last three years:

2017-18

1. Enrolled 54 new students and run the school from Nursery standard to 5th Standard with total student strength of 258 and 14 teachers and other staff.
2. Adopted continuous training and development system in the school in order to achieve overall high level of teaching skills with the teachers. Such training programs included the structured class room based training provided by Pearson and other institutes.
3. Completion of construction of 1st and 2nd floor of the school admeasuring about 13,000 sq.ft. having 7 class rooms and rooms for auditorium, library, computer laboratory and science laboratory in June, 2017. With this the school building of ground plus two floors now got completed which provided enough infrastructure to run the primary and secondary section of the school.
4. Set up computer laboratory with 50 computers and started conducting the computer classes in the school.
5. Started digital smart class facility and auditorium to conduct various school programs.
6. Set up full-fledged school library having over 2,500 books. The library also has a eLibrary section with laptops having internet connectivity to enable the students to conduct research on various topics.
7. Set up science laboratories with all required equipment’s to conduct science experiments to the students.
8. Set up sports room to the students with sports equipment’s.
9. Completed 2ND year of MyPedia academic program including teachers training on classroom management conducted by M/s Pearson.
10. Commenced the Karate training in the school. Our students enrolled for this and also attended and won many competitions held at Taluk and State level.
11. Instituted a Teachers Award program to recognize and provide incentives for the best performing teachers. This program is designed to motivate the teachers to continuously strive for adopting various innovating measures for overall improvement in the quality of teaching imparted to the students.

2018-19

1. Enrolled 57 new students and run the school from Nursery standard to 6th standard with total student strength of 315 and 15 teachers and other staff.
2. Started digital remote education facility from eVidyaloka in English, Mathematics and Science to 5th and 6th students.
3. Started training courses to the teachers to achieve the proficiency in English language conducted by M/s Multibhashi. This was continuous training program round the year having multiple batches.
4. Completed 3rd year of MyPedia academic program including teachers training on classroom management conducted by M/s Pearson.
5. Set up STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Mini Science Centres (MSC) of STEM Laboratories Private Limited in order to bring creativity, curiosity and develop the enquiry based learning in the school. This laboratory has about 65 table top science models which are informative, easy to grasp and have in-depth manuals. MSCs help students learn difficult scientific and mathematical concepts with ease. MSC’s plug and play models and actually observing concepts which are often only read in books, ignites the inquisitiveness thus resulting in engagement.
6. Commenced the new course on Abacus by setting up the facilities in the school. Our students actively participated and benefited from learning Abacus and participated and won many State competitions.

2019-20

1. Enrolled 37 new students and run the school from Nursery standard to 7th standard with total student strength of 352 with 17 teachers and staff.
2. Acquired a land admeasuring 1.1 acre touching the school campus as sports ground and started sports and physical education to the students. Setting up this sports facilities and ground will help significantly in overall improvement in various sports activities and physical wellbeing of the students.
3. Department of Education, Karnataka Government conducted Taluk Level inter-school Karate competition on 18th July, 2019 at our school premises. 350 students from 50 schools participated in this completion which was a grand success.
4. Quality of the education provided in the school mainly depend upon the quality of teachers. Since our school is a rural school attracting quality teachers to work at our school is a challenge. In order to meet this challenge, the increased emphasis was provided during this year on imparting the training. Following are the training programs conducted during the year:

A. Pedagogy, Classroom management and skill development training by experts of Pearson. Pearson is regularly providing this training since last 4 years and also measuring effectiveness of the training by classroom observation on ongoing basis. They provide key insights on teacher strengths and areas that need more focus. This helps us ensure we are building teacher’s competencies and empowering them to apply their newfound skills in the classroom to make a difference to the students as well as for themselves.
B. English language skill development training by professionals of M/s Multibhashi Solutions Pvt. Ltd., to 9 teachers. This training is regular and ongoing since last 4 years and significantly helped in improving English language skills of teachers. This initiative directly contributes to the teacher’s confidence building and ability to articulate their thoughts through effective communication with their stakeholders like peers, students as well as the school management.
C. Workshop on Classroom management to help manage a class full of students, addresses one of the biggest challenges faced by teachers. If teachers do not have an effective plan in place, there will not be much opportunities for students to engage in meaningful learning experiences. A workshop was conducted in April, 2019, by Dr. G.Bhaskar, an Academician ( M.Sc., M.End., M.Phil., Ph.D., M.B.A.) from Bengaluru University. The focus was to enable teachers to carefully study their students and identify students who may be slow learners or who need to be engaged with a bit differently and then impart attention and learnings to them accordingly. Teachers are provided with various group activities, exercises and projects during the workshop. The impact of this workshop was felt during the last few months as we could now observe improved classroom management across the school.
D. Workshop on handwriting to help all teachers to follow uniform handwriting practices in all classes. Normally teachers follow different styles of handwriting, which creates difficulties to students during learning process. Hence, it is important to bring uniformity in handwriting in all the teachers. To achieve this objective, a workshop was arranged in the school to teachers by Mrs. Indu Nagabhushan Thirthalli, (B’ com PGDBA/Trainer in Writing Skill Development) a trained professional in handwriting. This training was also very e_ective, as it brought about an awareness of handwriting best practices among teachers.
E. Other training programs planned for teachers across all classes to help them develop skills like patience, accountability, imagination, teamwork, risk taking, constant learning, communication, mentoring and leadership. We have planned teachers training programs to develop and enhance these skills on-going basis.

2020-21

1. Enrolled 41 new students and run the school from Nursery standard to 8th standard with total student strength of 352 with 18 teachers and staff.
2. Quality of the education provided in the school mainly depend upon the quality of teachers. Since our school is a rural school attracting quality teachers to work at our school is a challenge. In order to meet this challenge, the increased emphasis was provided during this year on imparting the training. Following are the training programs conducted during the year:
3. Pedagogy, Classroom management and skill development training by experts of Pearson. Pearson is regularly providing this training since last 4 years and also measuring effectiveness of the training by classroom observation on on-going basis. They provide key insights on teacher strengths and areas that need more focus. This helps us ensure we are building teacher’s competencies and empowering them to apply their newfound skills in the classroom to make a difference to the students as well as for themselves
4. Workshop on phonics was provided for the language teachers, to improve the language skill of the students. Phonics was taught from pre-school to the 3rd std.

2021-22

1. Enrolled 39 new students and run the school from Nursery standard to 9th std with total student of 352 with 20 teachers and staff.
2. During this year, adopted Macmillan’s Altura curriculum from Nursery to 3rd std, to build the foundation strong in the students remaining class we are following NCRET Based book.
3. Conducted the skill building workshops for the teachers which were provided by the Macmilan’s team for the upgrading of the teachers teaching practise.
4. Students encouraged to participate in STEM Model making competition. Students won many prizes in the national level competitions.
5. Students of classes from 1st to 9th participated in Prathibhakarnji competition conducted by the education department , bagged several prizes.
6. Applied and received for the permission to conduct 10th standard classes from Karnataka State government.
7. Spell bee competition was conducted for the students nearly 100 students participated and selected for state level competition.
8. Sports ground was developed and filling work was done for development of sports ground. Regularly conducted many sports and physical education initiatives.

2022-23

1. New enrolment of 54 students and recruited new teachers, which took the total strength of students and teachers to 384 and 23 respectively.
2. Set up of science laboratories with all required equipment’s to conduct science experiments to the students.
3. Students competed in Prathibha karanji competition and received many prizes in different competition.
4. Applied for G A code and received the permission from the SSLC board for the registration of SSLC students for the examination.
5. We got an excellent result in the first batch of 10th board exam conducted in March/April 2023. All our students passed scoring above 70% marks. The school stock FIRST in Udupi Taluk amongst 77 schools.
6. New models are added to STEM laboratory and and library books was purchased to improve the reading skills of the students.

2023-24

1. New enrolment of 74 students and and recruited new teachers. The total strength of students and teachers increased to 410 and 24 respectively.
2. Organised the Taluk level inter school Throwball competition at school to encourage the sports spirit of the students, jointly with the Education Department. Nearly 35 schools were participated in the competition.
3. For the transport facility school purchased a School Bus, which is helpful for the students who are coming from distance places and even for the advertisement for the admission.
4. Students competed in Prathibha karanji competition and received many prizes in different competition.
5. For the encourage of the reading habit we have purchased library books.