Article posted on results of the management support by the volunteers

Sonja and Thomas Wiemann posted an article on the results of the management support during the last half year including lessons learned and possible improvements. It is a detailled view on Indian education system with special focus on Maharashtra. You find this article under this link:

Challenges for Indian education in rural places in Maharashtra – a view from outside

The full abstract of the article you can already find here:

Despite much progress on fighting illiteracy the Indian education system in Maharashtra is facing a lot of challenges. Especially the NGO driven schools need to not only handle social, but also economical and government obstacles. Even with all the effort spent by many dedicated trustees these schools can barely achieve their target of providing quality education for the poorest. The students who leave these schools will only have few more chances to jump over social barriers than students from government schools. This situation cannot be satisfying, neither for students, NGO trustees nor the state of Maharashtra. 

This article is an outside view from my wife and myself as we spent half year as management consultants for one of these schools dealing with challenges and their possible solutions. This view is subjective as it is based on experiences we made in Maharashtra ourselves and discussions with many friends throughout India.

Challenges are significant, like the legal barriers for donations from abroad or the social dependencies of the schools from the communities which are the NGOs targeted scope.

Like all other business it starts and ends with good management – locally at the school and remotely on the trustee level. All other solutions for the obstacles are dependent on sufficient management support. They are not easy to implement, but not impossible either. This article describes some of them.

End of Volunteering

For the last 5 month we have been volunteering the management at Dnyanankur English Medium School in Alegaon (Maharashtra). It was a challenging but great time for us. We learned a lot about live and traditions in India, especially at rural area and enjoyed staying with our hosting family in a farmhouse nearby. They were grateful and did care for us all the time. Actually we have found a “new family” and will surely come back.
During our stay there, we were able to get a short look into the educational system in India. Even though the fight against illiteracy shows a good progress, it still needs to be done a lot.
We are proud of all the effort, which has been and still will be done by the founder of the Dnyanankur English Medium School, Sahebrao Bapusaheb Babar and his family. Thanks that we could join you.

What have we achieved?

  1. Time management based salary payment for financial stability of the NGO
  2. Stabilise financial management.
  3. Storage system for teaching aids and school material
  4. Installation of 10 ceiling fans in classrooms
  5. Introduction of new technology (Google drive, youtube, beamer) to teachers as a part of teaching aids
  6. Installation of a small computer lab (3 computer)
  7. Improving the english knowledge of the teachers
  8. Preparing and installing 10 soft-boards for better usage of teaching aids in the classrooms
  9. Building up a little roof covered terrace outside for functions or lunchtime in rainy season
  10. Creating a new website for Dnyanankur English Medium School
  11. Setting up a donation system according to the website
  12. Installation of a power back up to avoid the regular power cut offs

Thanks to all, who supported us. Special thanks to the whole village Alegaon for letting us deep dive into its all day routine with functions and celebrations.

Of course we are very grateful to all the teachers and to the family we stayed with.

We definitely come back!

Planting trees

The 6. of July 2018 was announced from government as tree plantation day. So Dnyanankur English Medium School joined this project and planted 50 little trees. All of our students participated and worked in groups to prepare the ground along the fence of the school yard and plant the little trees. The groups took over ownership for the trees and will help them to survive under the rough climate we have.

This project is important to make the students aware of the importance of our nature and the environment.