We, at National Children's Academy, have been working with the school and its community in order to reinstate its infrastructure and give to its children a quality education.
Reconstruction and Reinstatement: National Children’s Academy
National Children’s Academy, the first English Medium school in Wadgaon Sheri, Pune, Maharashtra was founded in the year 1974. It is run by Vidya Vikas Mandal Charitable Trust headed by Advocate A. J. Rananaware. This school was formed as an ancillary specifically for the migrant community which saw a tremendous increase in these years to support the sprawling infrastructure development of business parks and residential areas in the areas of Wadgaon Sheri, Kharadi and Viman Nagar. The school saw its first batch of graduates in the year 1984. Ever since then the school has seen over 800 alumni and alumnae graduate through the years.
Although we have a legacy that precedes us, the current situation of the school not only fails to match up to its legacy, but is rather deplorable.
It is a small school that stands amidst a low-income community in Wadgaon Sheri.
However in 2017, the Round Table India approached the school and took up the onus of reconstructing the school.
The school at present has 6 brightly lit classrooms over two floors and well made bathrooms.
At present the school consists of over 226 students with a girl: boy ratio of 1:3. The school saw a considerable drop in the number of girls due to the lack of hygienic toilets in the school.
Project DrishtataPhase 1: Pre-construction and During Construction
After a year of negotiations and multiple conversations with the school management, external stakeholders and other philanthropic groups, we have managed to secure an 1800 square feet land in the same premise as that of the school to make infrastructural changes to the present physical condition of the school.
Round Table India has taken up the initiative of not only providing the school with 80% of the cost of the reconstruction but has also taken up the onus of putting together all the resources and the manpower required to do the same.
While the talks to rebuild the school, saw its inception in 2017, it was only in August 2018 that we sealed the deal with them.
The construction of the school is scheduled to begin in April 2019 and for us to be able to do so, we need to raise a little over 11 lakhs as our share towards the budget estimate of the reconstruction which is about 54 lakhs.
The post-construction phase essentially envisions strengthening the workforce of the school and setting up school management structures to make the school a self-sustaining model. Setting up a functional and balanced School Management Committee and a balanced enrolment of both girls and boys to bring up the girl boy ratio will be the primary priority for this phase.
Projected Timeline of the Project
|Activities||Start Date||Projected End Date|
|Pre-construction formalities||August 2018||March 2019|
|Bhoomi Poojan||April 6, 2019|
| Phase 1: Physical Construction of 6 classrooms||April 2019||September 2019|
|Phase 2: Internal Setup and Reorganisation||October 2019||December 2019|
|Phase 3: Construction and 3rd Floor for labs, library etc.||December 2019||February 2020|
Teach For India Fellows and Staff involved in the project:
Name: Rupal Chowdhary; +91 99860 92433
School: National Children's Academy
Address : Sr No 36, Moseswadi, Wadgaonsheri, Pune, 411014
Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NCApune/