Kerala Samajam Project School: Reaching out to the deprived
It was in 1989 that some students of KSMS accompanied by few teachers had gone to the nearby slums to conduct a survey to assess the literacy standard of the area. The school was moved by the plight of the slum dwellers and wanted to do something for them. Thus the idea of an afternoon school came up.
With the blessings of the School Management and KSMS, the project was started with about 90 students and 35 adults in the year 1991 under the stewardship of Mrs. Vijayam Kartha. An absolutely free school was started in the afternoon when the school campus was free .Teachers from the English Medium School volunteered to teach along with the scouts and guides.
The School which began in a small way has grown to 1600 students today. It has become a highly sought after school for the underprivileged. Classes are held from KG to Std.X and the students appear for exams under the National Open School.
The school has served not only the slum dwellers but also their English-medium counterparts as they get an opportunity to see these children walk into our premises, maybe deprived, but heads held high. It is our hope that their presence in the campus will make regular students more compassionate and socially responsible.
Another venture to inculcate values in our students was the Village and Rural School Adoption Programme. Under this scheme KSMS adopted the village Simuldanga in Patamda Block and a rural school - Adivasi Balika Ucchh Vidyalaya in Gopalpur in Potka Block. Activities undertaken in Simuldanga include mass tree plantation drive, vocational and small savings training to Self Help Groups, digging of a pond, awareness campaigns, shramdan, etc. Some of the villagers were given training to become Security Guards and were later appointed in school.
In Gopalpur, we were able to make the barren school campus green with mass tree plantation. Quality of teaching has also improved in the school. The school has a record of almost cent percent results in the Std.X Board examinations.
We realize that these are just drops in the ocean. It is our hope and prayer that our students will carry on the legacy.