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Giving Flight To 10th Standard Students Dreams Affected By COVID-19

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Tulir Charitable Trust is a non-profit, non-governmental organization, (registered under the Indian Trusts Act) whose main focus is working against child sexual abuse under the auspices of Tulir- Centre for the Prevention and Healing of Child Sexual Abuse (www.tulir.org).

Considering primary prevention has now been established as the most effective strategy of addressing sexual violence against children, by reducing risks and vulnerabilities of children to victimization via programmes for social and economic empowerment, Tulir is assisting the Corporation of Chennai (which manages over 200 schools and 80000 students) with ensuring that Standard 10 students are provided the inputs and resources to be able to confidently complete their impending Board exams which was scheduled for April 2020 and has been indefinitely postponed due to the COVID-19.

Most of the children who attend Schools managed by the Corporation are from socio - economically disadvantaged backgrounds, sometimes with the child being a first generation learner. They are very dependent on school- and teacher-contact, since the home situation, despite being aspirational for the child, is not very congenial to studying because of the inability of parents and other family members to provide academic inputs, because of housing challenges, and in the prevailing difficult times, due to COVID-19, sheer food security.

To alleviate children’s anxiety as well as to ensure that these 6000 Standard 10 children are not at a further disadvantage when preparing for their Board exams, the Corporation of Chennai has started online tutorials for them. A rapid survey showed that nearly three quarters of their families possessed a smart phone and were pleased that their child may be able to access the tutorials, thereby boosting their confidence and morale.

However the current situation, with a loss of livelihood for many families, makes it very difficult for these 4500 families to dip into their meagre resources to pay for mobile data, which will enable their children to access the tutorials.

Tulir has volunteered to address this urgent problem by topping up these parents’ prevailing data plans with a further 84- 90 day plan. We have been provided the list of students with other details necessary for recharging their parents’ phones. This number may increase as more information is made available. The average cost per plan across service providers (Airtel, BSNL, Reliance Jio and Vodafone) is Rs.550 for a 84-90 day plan.

We hope you will contribute monetarily towards this initiative (and encourage others as well) of providing these children with the means to overcome these challenges to their school education. This will ensure that these students will be well prepared to take their class 10th exams, which enable them to enrol for further educational opportunities. It will make all the difference to their futures and the futures of their families.

Please find attached a Letter of Appreciation from the Deputy Commissioner (Education), Corporation of Chennai and a media report of the initiative. We will be glad to clarify any further queries which could be addressed to tulircphcsa@yahoo.co.in.
Media Report
Media Report
Letter of appreciation from Deputy Commissioner (Education), Chennai
Letter of appreciation from Deputy Commissioner (Education), Chennai
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14th July 2020
Hi All,

With the so far collected funds and with all your love and support, we have covered 2816 children.

Regards,
Tulir Charitable Trust.
Hi All,

With the so far collected funds and with all your love and support, we have covered 2816 children.

Regards,
Tulir Charitable Trust.
19th June 2020
We have covered 2816 children. This is the expense incurred towards one service provider.
We have covered 2816 children. This is the expense incurred towards one service provider.
10th June 2020
Dear Contributor,

Thanks for your belief in our appeal “Giving Flight to 10th Standard Student Dreams Affected by COVID-19”.

We are closing our campaign since the Government of Tamil Nadu has officially issued an order on 9th June, cancelling the standard 10th exams due to the prevailing health situation. https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/finally-class-10-exams-cancelled-tamil-nadu-all-pass-126172

With your support, we were able to cover 2816 children, thereby facilitating their access and participation, from the first week of May, to the online tutorials started by the Education Department, Corporation of Chennai. The past month besides enabling children to revise, has introduced and boosted their confidence in e-learning, which seems to be the way forward.

The Corporation of Chennai, as you will see from the news link pasted below, is also working to ensure that those children without access to internet enabled devices are provided with them. The report also talks about the preparation and training given to teachers for online tutorials.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/corpn-school-students-go-online-5k-smartphones-distributed/articleshow/75905275.cms

To quote few students and teachers on their online experience as cited in the news report:
“On the first day of class,” said Divya Priya, “there were internet connectivity issues and some difficulty in using the application. But slowly we got used to it.” Lokesh Kumar said it was a different experience. “We were all interactive and soon got the hang of it” he said.

Juliet Gnanathepam, headmistress of Chennai Higher Secondary School on Thiruvottiyur High Road, said many students could use phone only before 9am and after 6pm and classes were scheduled accordingly. “It’s going really well as students excitedly share pictures of their homework, drawings, graphs and maps.”

Since we first posted the appeal, there have been various reports in the media, two of which we are pasting below, which will help you better understand the context of the appeal. This is just an additional information.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jun/06/piggy-bank-helps-her-to-continue-online-classes-2152917.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-class-x-girl-ends-life-allegedly-over-lack-of-access-to-online-classes/article31728470.ece?homepage=true

We are continuing our support to the Education Department, Corporation of Chennai to ensure there will be no dropouts when the new academic year starts.

Cheers,
Tulir
Dear Contributor,

Thanks for your belief in our appeal “Giving Flight to 10th Standard Student Dreams Affected by COVID-19”.

We are closing our campaign since the Government of Tamil Nadu has officially issued an order on 9th June, cancelling the standard 10th exams due to the prevailing health situation. https://www.thenewsminute.com/article/finally-class-10-exams-cancelled-tamil-nadu-all-pass-126172

With your support, we were able to cover 2816 children, thereby facilitating their access and participation, from the first week of May, to the online tutorials started by the Education Department, Corporation of Chennai. The past month besides enabling children to revise, has introduced and boosted their confidence in e-learning, which seems to be the way forward.

The Corporation of Chennai, as you will see from the news link pasted below, is also working to ensure that those children without access to internet enabled devices are provided with them. The report also talks about the preparation and training given to teachers for online tutorials.https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/chennai/corpn-school-students-go-online-5k-smartphones-distributed/articleshow/75905275.cms

To quote few students and teachers on their online experience as cited in the news report:
“On the first day of class,” said Divya Priya, “there were internet connectivity issues and some difficulty in using the application. But slowly we got used to it.” Lokesh Kumar said it was a different experience. “We were all interactive and soon got the hang of it” he said.

Juliet Gnanathepam, headmistress of Chennai Higher Secondary School on Thiruvottiyur High Road, said many students could use phone only before 9am and after 6pm and classes were scheduled accordingly. “It’s going really well as students excitedly share pictures of their homework, drawings, graphs and maps.”

Since we first posted the appeal, there have been various reports in the media, two of which we are pasting below, which will help you better understand the context of the appeal. This is just an additional information.
https://www.newindianexpress.com/states/tamil-nadu/2020/jun/06/piggy-bank-helps-her-to-continue-online-classes-2152917.html
https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/kerala-class-x-girl-ends-life-allegedly-over-lack-of-access-to-online-classes/article31728470.ece?homepage=true

We are continuing our support to the Education Department, Corporation of Chennai to ensure there will be no dropouts when the new academic year starts.

Cheers,
Tulir

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