Asha Trust - Project Sangamam

Project Brief: Asha Chennai is working to improve the quality of education and infrastructure at several government primary and middle schools in Thiruvallur district.
Project Type: Formal Schools (description)
Primary Focus: other (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chennai
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Rajaraman Krishnan
Project Partner(s): Rajaraman Krishnan
Other Contacts: Venkat Ramasamy
Project Address: , chennai,-,chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600005
Tel: 91-9884437340
Stewarding Chapter: Chennai
Sep 2020ChennaiUSD 58103
May 2020ChennaiUSD 2446
Sep 2019ChennaiUSD 13064
May 2019ChennaiINR 10992126
Oct 2018ChennaiUSD 10250
Aug 2017ChennaiUSD 14742
May 2017ChennaiINR 3845855
Dec 2016ChennaiUSD 9766
May 2016ChennaiINR 1814678
Oct 2015ChennaiUSD 4678
May 2015ChennaiINR 1796429
May 2014ChennaiUSD 14210
Mar 2014FrankfurtEUR 1600
Sep 2013FrankfurtEUR 1493
May 2013ChennaiUSD 15078
Sep 2011ChennaiUSD 12000
Jun 2010ChennaiUSD 4504
Aug 2009ChennaiUSD 20697
Nov 2008ChennaiUSD 1942
Aug 2008MadisonUSD 20000
Jun 2008ChennaiUSD 3876
Dec 2007ChennaiUSD 1947
Nov 2007CanadaCAD 3000
Nov 2007ChennaiUSD 2911
Jul 2007ChennaiUSD 9805
Nov 2006ChennaiCAD 3000
Sep 2006CanadaCAD 3000
Jun 2006ChennaiUSD 2442
Oct 2005CanadaUSD 2500

Total = $638369.78457

Thiruvallur is one of the poorer districts of Tamilnadu. It has always been a water scarce region. Proximity to Chennai has its positives as well as negatives. While lot of people find employment in Chennai and auxiliary industries for Chennai (like brick kilns and sand quarrying), the local resources are taken away from the region including water in the form of Poondi reservoir, river sand, human workforce etc. All this has left the mainstay of this region agriculture in a bad situation.

The scenario as regards education in this district is similar to the rest of Tamilnadu. Government schools exist but with serious deficiencies. Private schools are coming up and eating into the student force of the government schools. But the private schools are often worse in terms of the quality of the teaching. Asha Chennai believes the revival and strengthening of the government schooling system is essential to the implementation of any mass education initiative in India.There have been several positive changes in the government schooling system including the following,


  • Introduction of good quality text books under the Samacheer Kalvi. But in the process the ABL (Activities Based Learning) a good system that was introduced in 2007 has been abandoned.

  • Regular assessments being done by SSA at every school and by NCERT through random sampling of the schools for the whole of India of the basic educational attainments (reading, writing and basic maths skills).

  • Provision of computers and books to the schools.

  • Introduction of English medium section in many schools.

While these are positive steps, for them to achieve their desired goals a lot more needs to be done. Rote learning without understanding of basic concepts is still the norm. Even the assessment conducted by SSA specifically tests reading skills without testing comprehension! While computers are provided they are not being used effectively in many of the schools. Further the introduction of English medium has been done purely to stem the tide of children going to other private schools. While it has been somewhat successful in doing that, they have not done anything to teach the children meaningfully in English.

Asha Chennai works with 68 schools in Thiruvallur District – 53 in Poondi block, 10 schools in Ellapuram block, 3 schools in Kadambathur block, 1 school in Thiruvalangadu block and 1 school in Sriperumbudur block of Kanchipuram dist.

While Asha started teaching basic computer skills to the children at the schools we support, we also have a lot to do in terms of effectively using the computers for delivering curriculum contents in other subjects.

Asha Chennai has been working with eight government primary schools in the Thiruvallur district under Project Sangamam-Poondi. The project was started in the year 2004-05 with support to three primary schools. This year we are adding support to two more schools to bring the total number of schools we are working with to ten. The following timeline shows the history of our support to these schools.
















2004-05Asha Chennai started the project with Panchayat Union Primary schools at Kuppammal Chathiram, Kanakavalli Puram and Pattarai Perambudur. Soon after that we added support for Placepalayam. This was the beginning of the project.
2013-14We were supporting 7 schools at the end of 2012-13: Kuppammal Chathiram, Pattarai Perumbudur, Thomur, Placeepalayam, Allikuzhi, Gandhigram and Kachur. Then we received a request from the middle school at Ramancheri as they were converting to an English medium school and they didn’t have any teacher to teacher English medium at the primary school. Since we wanted to participate in this experiment of the government we decided to support this school as well. During this year we also built toilets for the schools at Placepalayam and Allikuzhi with funds from Asha Frankfurt.
2014-15Hyundai Glovis came forward to support the project at the eight schools we were currently supporting. This has enabled us to take up support for two more schools at Ammambakkam and Nemiliagaram. We used to support Nemiliagaram till 2011 when the number of children dropped and our support was not needed any more. Children from nearby brick kilns come to this school nowadays which make it very difficult for them to manage during those 7 months. We also added support for Kannigaiper.
2015-16Hyundai Glovis continued supporting the 8 schools. We continued supporting the 3 schools added last year and also added support for Kottaikulam. Parallely we also got support for Oracle Foundation to provide computer teachers to our existing schools of Thiruvallur Dist.
2016-17Hyundai Glovis continued supporting the 8 regular schools. We continued supporting the 4 schools. We extended our project to support 2 more schools in Ellapuram block: Thandalam and Annanagar. Under Asha Kanini project we provided computer teachers to these schools as well as an additional 15 schools. We built a new toilet at Thandalam.
2017-18Hyundai Glovis expanded the project to support all the 12 schools we were working with in the Poondi block. At Ellapuram block we continued to support the same three schools. Through Sangamam Kanini project computer teachers were teaching at about 45 schools which also included these 15 schools. The contents created through the Sangamam Kanini effort were also given to all these schools. As part of this project libraries were setup with Glovis support at all the 15 schools. Another parallel project – Sugadharam – was also supported by Glovis to repair toilets at 10 of these schools.
2018-19Hyundai Glovis was looking to extend their CSR program and selected us as the partner. They extended their support to cover even the schools covered by computer teachers. Earlier we were only providing computer teachers to these computer schools. With Glovis support we started providing materials to the school and the children to these computer schools as well. They signed an MOU for 4.5 Crores to support 60 schools. We also started supporting 6 schools supported by Hyundai Steel. These were in the Sriperumbudur block of Kanchipuram Dist and Kadambathur block of Thiruvallur Dist. We repaired toilets at three middle schools.
2019-20Hyundai Glovis continued supporting us and added one more school to bring their total to 61 schools. Hyundai Steel stopped supporting our project. We continued support 4 of the school we had taken up with them and further added support for 2 schools in Ellapuram block and one in Kadambathur block to bring the total number of schools to 68. A new library was built at Annanagar and also play areas were built at Gandhigram and Annanagar.
2020-21The year began with the Covid pandemic which threw our operations into a spin. Further in August Hyundai Glovis announced that they will not be able to continue supporting us and pulled out of the MOU. We are continuing our support for the 68 schools in a limited manner with our own funds. We built new toilets at Pudhukandigai and Ramanjeri. We also undertook the repair of toilets at 15 additional schools. We also built a new play area for the school at Kottaikulam.

Locally the activities of the project has been coordinated by the project coordinator Srinivasan. We have also helped improve the infrastructure at the schools by repainting the boards, fixing the roof, building cooking areas, building toilets, providing electric fittings, plumbing facilities etc. We also sponsored the annual day functions at all these schools.


In doing all these activities we have been happy to find a supportive and energetic set of teachers at these schools. The district and panchayat officials have also been very supportive.


OTHER GENERAL INPUTS FROM ASHA:

Asha Chennai has undertaken several projects with government schools. As part of these projects Asha Chennai provides several standard inputs including,

  1. Education material as appropriate for the class. This would range from crayons to atlases and geometry boxes.

  2. Support joyful learning by supporting annual day functions, excursions etc. at these schools.

  3. Bring the teachers from these projects to Chennai for training. The annual training would be covered under the budget for Project Right start. Further, we also have a monthly training program to improve the skill levels of the teacher both in terms of basic knowledge of English, Maths and Science as well as their teaching skills.

  4. Computers for the schools have been provided both by Asha and the government. We use these computers to teach the children digital literacy and programming as well as deliver general curriculum contents over these.
    Conduct assessments at these schools to identify learning gaps and provide detailed feedback to the schools about what can be improved at these schools.
The project would impact about 1000 children at eight Primary schools and about 100 children in the four Balwadis.

In these institutions the boy:girl ratio is approximately 1:1. We hope to see the following qualitative improvements due to this project,

1. An acceptable educational environment that is conducive to and promotes learning.
2. A motivated and trained group of teachers that cater to these children.
3. Children who perform at or above the level expected for their age.

As the project progresses we hope to develop better metrics to measure the progress of the children and the success of the project like monitoring levels of numeracy and literacy skills of the children.
Sep 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools - Sept 2020
Sep 2020 Blackboard painting at Sangamam Mini Schools
Sep 2020 Site visit report for Sangamam Mini Schools
Jun 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools
Jun 2020 Report on Teacher activities during School Closure
Jun 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools
Jun 2020 Report on Asha Chennai Mini Schools
May 2020 Glovis Sangamam budget for 2020-21
May 2020 Project sangamam proposal 2020-2021
Mar 2020 Report on Computer Donations from Glovis
Feb 2020 Report on Written Assessments - 2020
Feb 2020 Report on Blackboard Painting - Feb 2020
Feb 2020 Glovis Sangamam Feb-Mar 2020 - Monthly report
Jan 2020 Report on student materials distribution to Glovis schools
Jan 2020 Glovis Sangamam Dec-Jan 2020 - Monthly report
Jan 2020 Report on Excursions for children from 30 schools
Dec 2019 Report on Computer Training in Dec 2019
Dec 2019 Report on Teachers excursion to Mysore
Nov 2019 Oral Assessment - 2019 report
Nov 2019 Glovis Sangamam Oct-Nov 2019 - Monthly report
Sep 2019 Glovis Sangamam Aug-Sep 2019 - Monthly report
Sep 2019 Report on Distribution of educational and sports materials
Sep 2019 Report on September Teacher trainings
Aug 2019 Report on Inauguration of new toilet at Pudhukandigai
Jul 2019 Report on Construction of new toilets at Pudhukandigai and Ramanjeri
Jul 2019 Report on Laptop Donations to Schools
Jul 2019 Project sangamam proposal 2019-2020
Jun 2019 Report on new School libraries in June 2019
Jun 2019 Glovis Sangamam Jun-July 2019 - Monthly report
May 2019 Glovis Sangamam budget for 2019-20
May 2019 Glovis Sangamam Apr-May 2019 - Monthly report
May 2019 Report on Teacher Excursion in May 2019
May 2019 Report on Auroville trip and Other Training Sessions
May 2019 Report on Summer 2019 infrastructure work
Apr 2019 Report on Student Materials Distribution part II
Apr 2019 Report on School Excursions - Mar-Apr 2019
Apr 2019 Report on Annual Day Functions at the Schools
Apr 2019 Report on Asha Impression - 2019
Mar 2019 Glovis Sangamam Feb-Mar 2019 - Monthly report
Mar 2019 Report on Written Assessments at project schools
Mar 2019 Report on Maths and English trainers visit
Mar 2019 Annanagar Library Teacher Activities report - Feb_Mar 2019
Feb 2019 Report on Student Materials Distribution on 14th Feb
Feb 2019 Report on Blackboard Painting in Jan-Feb 2019
Jan 2019 Glovis Sangamam Dec-Jan 2019 - Monthly report
Dec 2018 Annanagar library site visit report by Gershon Gurin Podlish
Nov 2018 Report on Annanagar Library functioning
Nov 2018 Glovis Sangamam Oct-Nov 2018 - Monthly report
Nov 2018 Report on Oral Assessment at the schools
Oct 2018 Report on Annanagar library inauguration on 13th Oct 2018
Oct 2018 Report on material distributions to schools in October 2018
Sep 2018 Report on Annanagar library construction in Sept 2018
Aug 2018 Report on Annanagar library construction in July-Aug 2018
Aug 2018 Glovis Sangamam Aug-Sept 2018 - Monthly report
Aug 2018 Photos from Play area inauguration at Gandhigram
Aug 2018 Report on School Materials Distribution
Aug 2018 Photos from site visit - Aug 2018
Aug 2018 Site visit report 2018
Jul 2018 Report on MOU signing function for 2018-19
Jul 2018 Glovis Sangamam Jun-July 2018 - Monthly report
Jun 2018 Project sangamam proposal 2018-19
Jun 2018 Construction of Annanagar library in June - 2018
Jun 2018 Report on material distributions in June
May 2018 Glovis Sangamam Apr-May 2018 - Monthly report
May 2018 Proposal for Poondi and Ellapuram block schools
May 2018 Construction of new Library at Annanagar starts
Apr 2018 Report on Asha Impressions - 2018
Apr 2018 Report on Chappal Distribution
Apr 2018 Report on Kitchen Shed Construction
Mar 2018 Glovis Sangamam Feb-Mar 2018 - Monthly report
Mar 2018 Report on excursion organised for children
Mar 2018 Bhoomi Pooja for new Library at Annanagar
Mar 2018 Annual Day functions celebrated in Feb-Mar
Mar 2018 Photos from donation of library shelves and books
Jan 2018 link
Jan 2018 Photos from materials distribution for children
Dec 2017 Glovis Sangamam Dec 2017- Jan 2018 - Monthly report
Nov 2017 Photos from science exhibitions at Thiruvallur schools
Oct 2017 Photos from Eye Camp at Sangamam Schools
Oct 2017 Glovis Sangamam Oct-Nov 2017 - Monthly report
Sep 2017 Photos form Gandhigram kitchen garden
Aug 2017 Glovis Sangamam Aug-Sep 2017 - Monthly report
Aug 2017 Photos from blackboard painting
Jul 2017 Photo albums - Educational and sports materials distribution at all schools
Jul 2017 Site visit report by Venkataraman
Jun 2017 Glovis-Sangamam MOU signing event photos
Jun 2017 Photo albums - Educational and sports materials distribution
Jun 2017 Glovis Sangamam June-July 2017 - Monthly report
May 2017 Project sangamam proposal 2017-18
Apr 2017 Project Hysco Sangamam proposal 2017-18
Apr 2017 Photos from sangamam excursion -2nd batch
Apr 2017 Glovis Sangamam Apr-May 2017 - Monthly report
Mar 2017 Photos from sangamam excursion -1st batch
Feb 2017 Glovis Sangamam Feb-Mar 2017 - Monthly report
Jan 2017 Glovis Sangamam Dec-Jan 2017 - Monthly report
Jan 2017 Distribution of Educatmaterials at all the 8 Sangamam schools
Jan 2017 Photos from distribution of relief materials at Gandhigram
Dec 2016 Photos from Glovis computer donation
Dec 2016 Photos from Teacher training for Third term
Dec 2016 -
Dec 2016 -
Nov 2016 Photo ablum of oral Assessments
Oct 2016 Glovis Sangamam Oct-Nov 2016 - Monthly report
Oct 2016 Photos of Blackboard painting at Sangamam Schools
Oct 2016 Site visit report 2016
Aug 2016 Glovis Sangamam Aug-Sep 2016 - Monthly Report
Aug 2016 Distribution of materials at all the 8 Sangamam schools
Jul 2016 Glovis Sangamam June and July 2016 - Monthly Report
Jul 2016 Glovis-Sangamam MOU signing event photos
Apr 2016 Glovis Sangamam Apr-May 2016 - Monthly report
Apr 2016 Photos from sangamam excursion -2nd batch
Apr 2016 Project sangamam proposal 2016-17
Mar 2016 Glovis Sangamam Mar 2016 - Monthly Report
Mar 2016 Project Sangamam activities in March 2016
Mar 2016 Photos of assessments at Sangamam - 2016
Mar 2016 Photos from sangamam excursion -1st batch
Feb 2016 Photos album of blackboard painting
Feb 2016 Glovis Sangamam Feb 2016 - Monthly report
Feb 2016 Distribution of materials at all the 8 Sangamam schools
Jan 2016 Glovis Sangamam Jan 2016 - Monthly Report
Jan 2016
Jan 2016
Dec 2015 Glovis Sangamam Dec 2015 - Monthly report
Nov 2015 Glovis Sangamam Nov 2015 - Monthly report
Oct 2015 Glovis Sangamam Oct 2015 - Monthly report
Sep 2015 Photo albums - educational and sports materials distribution
Sep 2015 Glovis Sangamam Sept 2015 - Monthly report
Aug 2015 Glovis Sangamam Aug 2015 - Monthly report
Aug 2015 Photos album of blackboard repainting
Jul 2015 Glovis Sangamam July 2015 - Monthly report
Jun 2015 Glovis Sangamam June 2015 - Monthly report
Jun 2015 Photo album of opening of new libraries
May 2015 Glovis Sangamam May 2015 - Monthly report
Apr 2015 Glovis Sangamam Apr 2015 - Monthly report
Apr 2015 Annual day Celebration Photos
Mar 2015 Glovis Sangamam monthly report Mar 2015
Mar 2015 Proposal for the year 2015-2016
Feb 2015 Glovis Sangamam February 2015 Report
Jan 2015 Glovis Sangamam January 2015 Report
Dec 2014 Photos from Volunteers' (Frankfurt/Delhi) visit
Dec 2014 Sangamam Balwadi distribution December 2014
Dec 2014 Glovis Sangamam December 2014 Report
Nov 2014 Project Sangamam KaniniProposal
Nov 2014 Site visit report November 2014
Nov 2014 Photos of Meena Suresh visit of Sangamam schools
Nov 2014 Glovis Sangamam November 2014 Report
Oct 2014 Glovis Sangamam October 2014 Report
Sep 2014 Glovis Sangamam Sep 2014 Report
Sep 2014 Teacher Report September 2014
Aug 2014 Glovis Sangamam Aug 2014 Report
Aug 2014 Teacher Report August 2014
Jul 2014 Glovis Sangamam July 2014 Report
Jun 2014 Proposal for additional schools 2014-15
Jun 2014 Updated proposal for extra schools_Year 2014-2015
Jun 2014 Glovis Sangamam June 2014 Report
Jun 2014 Project Proposal 2014-2015
Feb 2014 Site visit report February 2014
Nov 2013 Placepalayam toilet construction with photos
Sep 2013 Proposal for Toilets in Placepalayam
Jul 2013 Project Proposal 2013-2014
Jul 2013 Project Proposal 2013-2014
Apr 2013 Thiruvallur site visit report
Mar 2013 Site visit report - Kuppammal Chatiram
Oct 2012 Site visit report 2011-12 tamil
Oct 2012 Site visit Report 2011-12 English Translation
Oct 2012 2012-13 site visit report - Tamil
Oct 2012 2012-13 site visit report - English translation
Jun 2012 Project Proposal 2012-2013
Aug 2011 Site visit by Rajaram
Jun 2011 2010-11 report & 2011-12 proposal
Aug 2010 Site visit by Rajaram
Jul 2010 2009-10 report & 2010-11 proposal
Aug 2009 ASER2008 and Sangamam schools comparison
Jun 2009 Site visit by Sangeeta & Kasturi
May 2009 2009-10 Proposal+Budget
Apr 2009 Pattarai Perambudur Annual Day function - Report by Saravana
Mar 2009 Report for 2008-09
Aug 2008 Govt school report cards for 2007-08
May 2008 2007-08 Report and 2008-09 Proposal
Apr 2008 Site visit by Sachal
Jan 2008 Placepalayam - Proposal
Jan 2008 Site visit by Neelima
May 2007 2006-07 Report and 2007-08 Proposal
Dec 2006 Report
Jun 2006 Proposal for 2006-07
Jun 2006 Report
Dec 2005 Report
Aug 2005 Report(Apr'0 - Aug'05)
May 2005 Proposal for 2005-06
Apr 2005 Press Release
Mar 2005 Report
Feb 2005 Report
Jan 2005 Report
Dec 2004 Report on the progress of this project
Sep 2004 Asha Chennai Proposal