Asha for Education Logo Olcott Education Society - OMHS Bridge Project
Chennai, Chennai District
TAMIL NADU
TAMIL NADU
 
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Status
current / ongoing


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Project Steward
Mukund Muralidhar
mukundmuralidhar AT yahoo DOT com
Project Partner(s)
Lakshmi Suryanarayanan
surlak DOT lakshmi AT gmail DOT com
Additional Contact
Lakshmi Suryanarayanan
lsuryanarayanan AT gmail DOT com
Project Address
Olcott Memorial High School (O.M.H.S.)
Besant Nagar
Chennai, TAMIL NADU  600090
India
Tel: +91-044-24915826
Funds Disbursed
Mar2011Silicon Valley$3,778.00
Oct2010Arizona$7,000.00
Oct2010Silicon Valley$4,000.00
Nov2009Silicon Valley$4,000.00
Jun2009Silicon Valley$4,000.00
Apr2009Arizona$5,000.00
Nov2008Silicon Valley$4,100.00
Jul2008Arizona$6,000.00
Apr2008Silicon Valley$4,650.00
Dec2007Arizona$5,006.00
Mar2004Portland$1,600.00
Mar2003Portland$1,850.00

Total = $50,984

TOTAL: $50,984.00
Funding Details
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Chapter Contact
Arizona

Project Description

Project Bridge is the attempt at Olcott Memorial High School (O.M.H.S.), Chennai �90 to bridge the digital divide. This is a ever widening divide between the children of the less privileged sections of society, whose access to computer and information technology is almost nil as opposed to the ever widening digital usage by their counterparts from the more privileged sections of society.


Olcott Memorial High School
is a school that has 750 children from the poorest sections of society. The school caters to children of fisher folk from Urur Kuppam, Olcott Kuppam and Odaikuppam( Kuppam= fishing village), children of coolies, daily wage earners, house maids, auto rickshaw drivers small business hawkers of flowers and eats on the Besant Nagar beach from Damodarapuram, Lakshmipuram, Dideer Nagar, Mallippu Nagar, Kakkan Colony, the pockets in around Besant Nagar where the poor live in close proximity to the rich, elite owners of Besant Nagar�s well designed, modern apartments, houses and new cars; and distant new outskirts like Thoraipakkam and Neelankarai where some of the families displaced from places like Mallippu Nagar and Dideer Nagar have been settled by the Chennai Corporation authorities. With classes one to ten and two divisions in each class it offers education totally free to the children. Books, notebooks, uniforms, a porridge breakfast, a noon meal are provided free to these children by the Olcott Education Society (OES), the education arm of the Theosophical Society an international organization with headquarters at Chennai -
http://ts-adyar.org/

Asha Portland, Oregon has approved the project in October 2002 and Deepa Srinivasan is its Project steward at the US end. (It is an Asha Stars project and is also to receive part funding from Asha Portland.)

In December 2002 the first funds were found for 2 computers and also 10 month fees for a digital K-10 program of Schoolnet India running in the school. $1850 reached the school in rupee form by end March 2003. The fee was paid to Schoolnet till June 2003 on 28th March 2003.

2 multimedia computers were added in early April 2003 increasing the computer strength from existing 4 multimedia computers (3 had been acquired through earlier donations, 1 in the school�s office was purchased for the school). On a trial basis the internet facility has been provided in the computer in the office. The computers have been networked. The school has vacations from mid April 2003. From 15th Aril, as many as 48 students from classes 8-10 are working with the guidance of 2 teachers, an alumnus, and some older students who had learned to use the computers during the last academic year on the existing few computers. The children are at the computers in rotation from 9am in the morning to 4pm in the evening, grasping quickly, and creating little power point presentations. Some of the more experienced students are working at creating lessons for the smaller classes in English (4 and5)- the second language taught in the school. They have been able to draw some very good pictures with the mouse, download pictures from the Internet for these presentations. These experiences are helping the students increase the ability to read English and comprehend the language. The second batch of more students is to commence 15th May where more than 25 students completely new to the computers have given in their names within 2 days of announcement of these classes.

The lessons created by the students are being vetted with the teachers and will be used in the AV Room in the coming academic year.

The school is very happy that it has won an award from Intel- the national level award for Best Integration of Technology into Curriculum-Year2002, under the category of exemplary use of limited resources, The award carries a technology grant of Rs one lakh, which the school will use to improve their language laboratory to help children with further bridging the digital divide caused by the difficulties in learning English as a second language.



The Project will be greatly helped if more computers and other digital equipment can beaded quickly with the help of understanding donors and well wishers. The experience and learning material created in this school is and will always be willingly shared with other schools- especially with Asha Supported schools.

Organization Description


Olcott Memorial High School
is a school that has 750 children from the poorest sections of society. The school caters to children of fisher folk from Urur Kuppam, Olcott Kuppam and Odaikuppam( Kuppam= fishing village), children of coolies, daily wage earners, house maids, auto rickshaw drivers small business hawkers of flowers and eats on the Besant Nagar beach from Damodarapuram, Lakshmipuram, Dideer Nagar, Mallippu Nagar, Kakkan Colony, the pockets in around Besant Nagar where the poor live in close proximity to the rich, elite owners of Besant Nagar�s well designed, modern apartments, houses and new cars; and distant new outskirts like Thoraipakkam and Neelankarai where some of the families displaced from places like Mallippu Nagar and Dideer Nagar have been settled by the Chennai Corporation authorities. With classes one to ten and two divisions in each class it offers education totally free to the children. Books, notebooks, uniforms, a porridge breakfast, a noon meal are provided free to these children by the Olcott Education Society (OES), the education arm of the Theosophical Society an international organization with headquarters at Chennai -
http://ts-adyar.org/

Project Type: Formal Schools (description)

Primary Focus: children from slums (description)

Secondary Focus: children who are working

Other Focus: creating resources

Area: Rural

 
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History
Oct 2010Eval 2010-2011
Sep 2010SV approval and chapter mtg minutes
Aug 2010August 2010 site visit report
Aug 2010Minutes of Aug 11 meeting
May 2010Updates for 2010 funding
May 2010Proposal from OMHS
May 2010Budget details for 2010 funding
May 2010Presentation to chapter
Apr 2009Eval-2009-10
Apr 2009Budget2008-09
Mar 2009Annual Report 2008-2009
Mar 2009SV Q & A Session
Dec 2008Site Visit
Nov 2008Nov 2008 Newsletter
Sep 2008Quarterly report
Jun 2008Quarterly Update
Mar 2008Quarterly report March 2008.doc
Mar 2008Q&A with SV chapter
Mar 2008Site Visit
Feb 2008Site Visit
Feb 2008Proposal to SV
Nov 2007Proposal - PPT
Nov 2007Proposal - Doc
Nov 2007FAQ
Mar 2007Project Status
Nov 2005Photos
Oct 2005Article in The Hindu
Sep 2003Photos
Apr 2003Annual Report 2002-03
Mar 2003Revised Budget
Sep 2002Budget
Mar 2002Article in outlook-magazine
Jan 2002Proposal
 
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