Deena Bandhu - Science Learning

Project Brief: - Deena Bandhu plans to design a mobile science van to take science experiments to the doorstep of neighboring schools.
- Deenabandhu aims to build 5 TLMs to explain Science and Math concepts by way of practical demonstrations, aimed at profe
Project Type: Resource Centers (description)
Primary Focus: creating resources (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Silicon Valley
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Suhas Satheesh
Project Partner(s): Prajna N S
Other Contacts: Atman R Parikh
Project Address: , Deenabandhu Trust, PWD Colony,Behind Forest Nursery,Chamarajnagara,
KARNATAKA  571313
Tel: 011 91 9449406494
Stewarding Chapter: Silicon Valley
Nov 2017Boston/MITUSD 6107
Nov 2017Silicon ValleyUSD 42594

Total = $48701

This project has two components

---------------- Mobile Science Van - supported by Asha SV ---------------------
Deena Bandhu proposes to start a mobile science van, Science Chariot, through which they hope to reach out to more children and teachers. Through the Science Chariot, they are working on building scientific temperament among school teachers and school children. They plan to take science films, experiments and many interesting activities directly to the schools. In order to improve the impact of our Teacher Resource Center they intend to take science experiments to each of the government primary schools in the district through "Science Chariot". Well trained resource person will accompany the vehicle and will interact with the teachers.

------------ Science Learning Corners - supported by Asha Boston ----------------
Research and development wing of Deena Bandhu's TRC (Teacher Resource Center) has developed several innovative science working models which are pertinent to the primary school syllabus and are directly related to lessons found in the textbooks. So far the team has developed 750 small teaching-learning models (TLMs) with locally available material. These models help to understand and experience a concept of science connected to it.

In the past, there has been a lot of demand for the models and government and private school teachers have bought TLMs from the resource center. There has been a documented record of visitors to TRC which has been working as an equipment borrowing library. Often the TRC also conducts special workshops called ‘TLM preparation workshops’ where teachers are given guidance to prepare their own teaching-learning materials with locally available material.

Currently, Deena Bandhu is working with 142 rural Govt. primary schools and with very interested teachers. The project is supported by Oracle. Many of the Govt. primary schools are very poor in resources but Deena Bandhu finds that teachers have an enthusiastic attitude to conduct activity-based classroom transaction. Hence they propose to provide learning corners in five of the rural Govt. Primary schools.

These schools are located in strategic position and they will function as nodal centers for the neighboring schools to borrow some of the equipment for a demonstration in their own schools. Each such nodal school with learning corner will cater to TLM needs of five to six neighboring schools. Deena Bandhu makes it mandatory that each of these nodal schools share the resources with other schools and a team of Master Resource Persons (MRPs) will keep track of this and will coordinate this.

Deena Bandhu proposes to provide 35 very important TLMs and display furniture. These models are large models and hence the activities conducted with them can be observed by a group of 15-20 children at a time. All the models will the provided with the proper description, clarity regarding the concept it elucidates along with suitable training for the teachers to use them.
Deenabandhu is a charitable Non-Profit Organization located in Chamarajnagar. Deenabandhu works towards the education and rehabilitation of orphan, destitute and estranged children. Chamarajnagar is a border district of Karnataka abutting Kerala and Tamilnadu states and is one of the economically very backward districts.
Deenabandhu was founded in 1992 with a first batch of 6 boys in a rented house by Prof. G.S. Jayadev. It is during this time that Mrs. Magali Reynaud from Retures, Switzerland visited Deenabandhu. Mrs. Megaly was deeply impressed and promised support. This was a stepping stone, a promise followed a priceless action and monetary aid so in 1994 we began the construction of cottages for boys.
Now there are four children's cottages each housing around 12 boys under the care of a house mother/father. Also there is a spacious dinning hall, office building, guest room and staff quarters.
In 1998 innovative primary school was founded in an area of one and a half acres close to Ramsamudra village of Chamarajnagar town. The school building with its picturesque class rooms attracts a lot of visitors. The school is envisaged as a tool for social change and provides creative education for children from BPL (below poverty line) families. The education is highly subsidized, levying only a participatory fee. The mid-day meal provides nutritious food with out availing any government grant. A Teacher Resource Center is part of the school and has an elaborate education program.
It was recognized early that the plight of a girl child, especially in a society with gender bias, is much more precarious than that of boys. The sisters of some of our boys also needed support. Responding to this compelling need Deenabandhu started a home for girls in 2005 in a rented house close to the existing boys' home. To begin with there were just 6 girls and the number grew to 14 demanding more space for accommodating more girls. It is at this juncture, funds were raised from generous donors to build a home for girls. In 2010 a green home for girls was established. The home can accommodate 40 girls and currently there are 31 housed.