Beyond the Primary Schools:
The comprehensive approach to learning includes deeper engagement beyond the classroom (reading books and reference material in the library) and hands-on activities in the sciences. This prompted Vidya Gyan to fund (~$33,000) a project in a rural Inter College (grades 6-12) for a general-purpose library for all students, science, and math’s textbook bank for grades 9-12, and equipment for science labs for grades 11 and 12. The textbooks for grades 6-8 are provided by the government.
An added part of this project was peer mentoring and competitive activities such as debates, essay writing, and posters, etc., for greater use of the library by the students and inviting neighboring school students to enhance inter-institutional collaboration.
The project began in earnest in July 2017 following the Home Ministry approval under the Foreign Currency Regulations Act (FCRA). The library is now fully furnished with the ongoing acquisition of books for students to borrow. In addition, the science and math textbooks were distributed to all students in the 9th and 11th grades through the book bank. The same students received textbooks next year in grades 10 and 12.
Vidya Gyan is equally pleased that the laboratory equipment has been installed and is currently being used by students. The equipment is for Physics, Chemistry, and Biology benefitting about 200 students in all grades.