Asha Trust - Project Right Start

Project Brief: Onsite and off-site training for teachers from various Asha projects.
Project Type: Working with the Government (description)
Primary Focus: to go to formal school (description)

Secondary Focus: other

Area: Rural
Supporting Chapter Contact: Chennai
Status: current / ongoing
Project Steward: Rajaraman Krishnan
Project Partner(s): Rajaraman Krishnan
Other Contacts:
Project Address: , First Floor, 85/2, Luz Avenue, Mylapore, Chennai 600004,Near Nageswara rao park,Chennai,
TAMIL NADU  600004
Tel: 011919444404060
Stewarding Chapter: Chennai
May 2019FrankfurtEUR 2470
Nov 2018FrankfurtUSD 2261
Oct 2017FrankfurtUSD 2708
Jun 2015FrankfurtEUR 1670
Nov 2014FrankfurtEUR 970
Dec 2009Silicon ValleyUSD 4663
Jun 2008Silicon ValleyUSD 6000
Nov 2007ChennaiUSD 1001
Sep 2007Silicon ValleyUSD 7250
Jun 2006Silicon ValleyUSD 1440

Total = $31070.1659


Several Asha-Chennai projects involve improving the operations of government schools. Some of the teachers in these schools are appointed by Asha-Chennai. The teachers are often qualified from an educational standpoint. However, they lack in terms of knowledge of good education methods specifically targeted towards young children. They require training in these areas.

We also employ computer teachers who teach computer science. Our computer teachers as well as regular teachers use contents on the computers to teach regular subjects. For all these regular training on using computers is also required.

Instead of having different training sessions, one for each project, it made sense to combine these into a single training session for all our teachers. Besides lowering the cost of running these sessions, combining these also brings in interaction between teachers spread across several districts of Tamilnadu. This would help them and us to understand the complexities that exist at the ground in the different areas of the state.

Thus was envisioned the RightStart teachers training program. This has been a regular fixture for Asha Chennai right from 2003. While taking care of training, this also provides us an opportunity to meet as an entire organisation and understand what we are working towards.

RightStart has been organised for most years from 2003. In particular it has been held in May of every year without a break at IIT Madras campus from 2014. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it had to be cancelled in 2020. This is usually conducted at Vanavani Matriculation Higher Secondary School, IIT campus as residential program from in May. This is attended by over 70 teachers from Asha Chennai and associated organizations. The reports of the project from the previous years are there in the Project Documents section.

In addition to the RightStart, Asha Chennai also organises term-wise training sessions in Chennai and more frequent teacher meetings at every project site where the teachers discuss and train themselves. Volunteers visit and participate in these as well. There is a lot of online training that happens as well.

Basic education for underpriviledged children.
The Chennai chapter of Asha works on various projects on education for the underprivileged in Tamilnadu.
May 2019 Right Start Teacher Training Program Proposal for 2019
May 2019 Report on RightStart - 2019
Dec 2018 Report on Term III teacher training
Sep 2018 Report on Term II teacher training in Sept-Oct 2018
Jun 2018 RightStart 2018 coverage in local newspaper
May 2018 Right Start Teacher Training Program Expenses for 2018
May 2018 RightStart 2018 Report-Annual teacher training programme
May 2018 Photos from RightStart - 2018
Apr 2018 Right Start Teacher Training Program Proposal for 2018
Dec 2017 Photos from Right Start - teacher training -Term III
Sep 2017 Photos from Right Start - teacher training -Term II
May 2017 Right Start Teacher Training Program Proposal for 2017
May 2017 RightStart 2017 Report-Annual teacher training programme
Jun 2016 RightStart 2016 Report-Annual teacher training programme
Jun 2016 Photos from Right Start-teacher training
May 2016 Right Start Teacher Training Program Proposal for 2016
Jan 2016
Jan 2016
May 2015 RightStart 2015 Report-Annual teacher training programme
May 2015 Right Start -Teacher_training photos
Apr 2015 Right Start Teacher Training Program Proposal for 2015
May 2014 English Trainer's Report
May 2014 RightStart 2014 Report-Annual teacher training programme
May 2014 Proposal for 2014-15
Sep 2011 Think 25 Project Proposal
Sep 2011 Think 25 Special Features
Sep 2009 Eval 2009-2010
Jul 2009 Asha Darshan Recommendations
Jul 2009 Asha Darshan Teacher Training Report
Jul 2009 Asha Darshan Annexure
May 2009 2009 Budget
Apr 2009 Translation of 2008 Teacher Feedback
Apr 2009 SVReview2009-QA
Jun 2008 Workshop Feedback 2008
Jun 2008 Evaluation Scores
May 2008 RightStart 2008 workshop plan
May 2008 Q&A
Apr 2008 2008-09 proposal
Sep 2007 At Kanyakumari - Report from Bhoomika Trust
Jun 2007 At Chennai and Nagapattinam - Reports
May 2007 Obervations of a beginner
May 2007 Proposal and budget
May 2007 Session plan
May 2007 Participants List - Workshop held on May
Jun 2006 Budget for English training
May 2006 Report
Dec 2003 Proposal
Oct 2003 Report
Dec 2002 Feedback
Dec 2002 Proposal
Dec 2002 Schedule