Educating Children from Rural India - Sponsorship for Students' Complete Education and Care - CSR Projects India
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Last Updated:  05/11/2019

 

Project Pitch By: All India Movement For Seva

 

Proposed Project Title


Educating Children from Rural India - Sponsorship for Students' Complete Education and Care

 

Thematic Area

Promotion of education, special education and vocational skills

Sub Thematic Area

Education Infrastructure (hostel, school buildings, benches, desks etc)

Project Synopsis

The Chatrayalam (Free Student Hostel) model was ideated and implemented by AIM for Seva. Our Chatralayams offer students a holistic programme that provides access to formal education, a modest lifestyle, healthy and nutritious food, health check-ups, uniforms, after-school coaching and activities - in an environment that is conducive to learning and personal growth. Each Chatralayam comprises of students from several neighbouring villages and tribal regions. Given the remote location of these villages – not to mention low numbers of children of school-going age – it is impractical to expect schools to be built and run in these places. A Chatralayam thus helps to enable education for students from multiple villages at one go. Most of the students in the Chatralayam are first-generation school-goers, and come from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds. Today, AIM for Seva runs 104 Chatralayam – 4000 students from 1,700 villages across 16 states benefit from them.
 
 
 

Overview of the Proposed Project

Estimated Budget
INR 0.6 Cr - INR 1.0 Cr
Proposed Location
Senthamangalam, Kanasageri, Nandyal

Key Project Partners
Companies

Project Status
Active
 

Facts

Beneficiary Type (Primary): Children
Beneficiary Type (Secondary):
Estimated No. of Beneficiaries: 3000 - 10000 Individuals
Status of Baseline Survey: Already Done
 
 
 

Proposed Project Description

Chatrayalams (Free Student Hostels) are the means by which AIM for Seva enables students in rural and tribal areas to access formal education, responsible living, modest lifestyle, healthy and nutritious food, after school coaching and activities to enable the students to tap into their innate potential and channel it effectively. Each Chatralayam comprises of students from several neighbouring villages and tribal regions – and thus helps to enable education for students from multiple villages at one go. Further, most of the students in the Chatralayam are first-generation school-goers, and come from economically and socially disadvantaged backgrounds.

 

AIM for Seva is currently running 104 Chatralayams, and students from 1,700 villages across 16 states have benefited from them.
21 Chatralayam for girls in 8 states (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand)
Chatralayam for boys in 16 states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand)
Over 4,000 students enrolled benefited year on year

AIM for Seva is currently running 104 Chatralayams, and students from 1,700 villages across 16 states have benefited from them.

  • 21 Chatralayam for girls in 8 states (Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand)
  • Chatralayam for boys in 16 states (Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, and Uttarakhand)
  • Over 4,000 students enrolled benefited year on year


PROJECT INNOVATION

The innovativeness of the Chatralayam model lies is in the manner in which it overcomes obstacles in access to education, particularly in rural India:

  • By building the Chatralayam close to existing schools, it reduces the need to invest in new schools, where attracting the right and talented teaching faculty is a challenge
  • By catering to a larger linguistic catchment area through hostel stay, more students gain access to a school.
  • A significant point is that the atmosphere of learning at the Chatralayam encourages and nurtures confidence in the child, thus giving them reason to stay on in school – which, in turn, results in a very low dropout rate.


SALIENT FEATURES

Besides education, AIM for Seva emphasises on holistic development of students through a schedule that includes sports and athletics, yoga, prayers and extra-curricular activities. Our programme rests on the following key aspects:

After-school Academic Support: 99% of the students enrolled in our hostels are first-generation learners and we engage tutors for maths, science and languages whenever additional support is required.

Health Check-ups: A complete medical check-up of students is conducted biannually. Frequent dental and eye check-ups are also held in partnership with local healthcare practitioners.

Management: A resident warden and cook look after the children while a regional-level coordinator oversees the operations of each hostel.


SELECTION OF STUDENTS

After an initial survey of the identified area and surrounding villages and in consultation with the principals and teachers of the local school and panchayat stakeholders, AIM for Seva identifies deserving students in the age group of 6 to 10 years. The organization members thereafter discuss with the students’ families and address the concerns of the parents and guardians. These include topics such as: 

  • Care and safety of the students
  • Medical attention
  • Academic problems and extra coaching
  • Emotional and other specific requirements of the students
  • Rules regarding parents’ and guardians’ visits to the Chatralayam

The selection process ensures that the student, their parents and family members feel emotionally secure. With their complete consent and agreement, the student is enrolled at the Chatralayam.

The Chatralayam provide the right environment for education and personal development of students from economically less privileged backgrounds from tribal and rural areas. While it is desirable for students to stay with their parents, lack of awareness of the importance of education, and difficult or problematic family circumstances require the students to stay in a congenial atmosphere to pursue their studies. Our Chatralayam provide a solution that addresses these issues. Our students are also mandatorily made to go home for their summer and festival holidays.


PROVEN ABILITY OF PROJECT DELIVERY

AIM for Seva has established 104 Chatralayams in approximately 216 months, with almost one Chatralayam built every two months, consistently, over 18 years. All of this was achieved through public subscription and donations.


OVERALL IMPACT

  • Since the first Chatralayam was established in 2001, AIM for Seva has observed a steady decline in school dropout rates in Chatralayams across India. Today, dropout rates have declined by 90%.
  • Reach: 4,000-plus students educated year on year.


IMPACT ASSESSMENT

Having traversed 18 years in the journey of caring, innovating and educating, we felt a strong need to conduct a third-party impact assessment of our programmes. The impact assessment of Chatralayams, conducted by Sattva Consulting in 2018, included interviews with 300 stakeholders, including students, parents, wardens, hostel coordinators and project coordinators. Here are the key findings:

 

Change in academic performance of the students

  • More than 35% of students have reported an increase in interest in academics
  • 97% of students have reported an overall increase in marks

 

Change in the career aspirations of the students

  • More than 90% have clarity on their future career
  • 38% of students perceive that AIM for Seva has helped them in realising their career aspirations, by providing them with good education

 

Change in the behaviour and skills of students

  • 37% of students have reported improvement in their ability to communicate with their teachers and friends
  • 32% of students have reported better time management
  • 24% of students have reported better management of stress and other emotion
 
 

Salient Features

  1. Uninterrupted access to formal education, as well as a holistic programme that includes after school support, responsible living, healthy and nutritio
  2. Complete attention paid to the students' well-being throughout their stay at the Chatralayam - including provision of nutritious food, regular health
  3. Provision of a positive atmosphere of learning at the Chatralayam, which encourages and nurtures confidence in the child, thus giving them reason to s
 

About All India Movement For Seva

All India Movement for Seva (AIM for Seva) is a pan-Indian, non-profit charitable trust, founded by Pujya Swami Dayananda Saraswati in 2000. Our founder understood that the challenges of accessibility and affordability were limiting children in rural India from going to school – which he uncovered during a conversation with a tribal woman. Thus, AIM for Seva’s journey began with the goal of enabling children from impoverished rural and tribal areas to have the same advantages as children of means and, therefore, every opportunity to develop their full potential – and of the nation. The first Chatralayam (free student hostel) was set up in 2001. Today, AIM for Seva is spread across 16 states with 136 projects that include Chatralayam, schools, a college, vocational training centres, residential facility for differently abled adults, healthcare facilities, community development initiatives and sustainable living projects.

 
 

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