Vidyarambam

Project Brief: Vidyarambam has started pre-primary and remedial centers and a full functioning school in the Nagapattinam district in the afttermath of the 2004 Tsunami that hit the southern stated of India
Project Type: Pre-Primary (description)
Primary Focus: remedial education (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Cornell
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Madhura Raghavan
Project Partner(s): Ranganathan V
Other Contacts: Badri Narayanan
Project Address: , New No.27, Fifth Street, Padmanabha Nagar,,Adyar , Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600020
Tel: 91-44-2446 5590
Stewarding Chapter: Cornell
Aug 2016CornellUSD 4400
Jul 2015CornellUSD 5043
Aug 2014CornellUSD 6618
May 2008AtlantaUSD 1650
Jun 2006ClevelandUSD 10000
Jun 2005ClevelandUSD 10000

Total = $37711

Asha Cornell is supporting the Rotary Central Vidyarambam Nursery and Primary School at Nagapattinam since 2014. It is a full-time English medium school started after the 2004 Tsunami for children who were orphaned or whose families were affected by the Tsunami. The children are mostly from the fisher folk community and there is widespread illiteracy in the community due to poverty. The school is completely free for orphans, but a nominal fee of around Rs. 100 is charged for uniform and school bus for the other children. The teachers are Vidyarambam volunteers who have worked in other Vidyarambam learning centers and have been trained in playway teaching methodology. A special curriculum developed to teach languages, arithmetic, environmental science, life skills, Yoga, basics of computers, art and culture is followed. The school has classes from KG to V standard.
The word "Vidyarambam" is derived from the Sanskrit language and it means "the beginning of literacy". This "beginning" does not happen for many children in the world. Specifically, in remote villages of India, there are hundreds of thousands of children who do not have the opportunity or the environment to begin their education. Vidyarambam was formed in 2002 and has been registered as a secular and a not-for-profit organisation in India.

Vidyarambam's initial aim was to provide pre-primary education to children of 3 to 5 age group. But now, the Trust also provides support classes through the L2R and R2L programmes for school children of 8 to 10 age group who are found weak in skill of fast reading and working simple arithmetic. Vidyarambam has also growingly recognised the need for education in basic healthcare in rural areas. It has started giving orientation to its volunteers about Ayurveda.

V. Ranganathan is the founder of Vidyarambam. He has worked for several companies in India and the Middle East in a managerial capacity. He is retired and he devotes his time entirely to the Trust.