The Mahakavi Bharathiyar Higher Secondary School is a free school with classes from Balwadi (Pre-KG) up to 12th Std. for poor children from the neighbouring villages. The children are provided with quality education completely free-of-cost. Even their text books, notebooks and uniforms are provided free of charge. Transport to and from the school is also free for primary school children, while we are awaiting assistance from the government for the older children. We provide value-based education which enables the children to become self-reliant and live ethical lives. The children are exposed to the teachings of Mahakavi Bharathiyar, Mahatma Gandhi and Swami Vivekananda and who remain our source of inspiration.
Some of the special achievements of this school are:
- Consistently producing 100% results in 10th standard and 12th standard state exams. The 10th standard top mark in school was 483/500 and was just 11 marks short of the state top rank.
- Very low dropout rate – 99% of students who join KG go on to complete the 12th standard exam.
- Majority of students pass out with very high percentage.
- All people passing out of school go on to complete higher studies and become employed.
This is all the more meaningful given the rural area in which we are located.
Community college is Sevalaya’s latest initiative for inclusiveness through informal education. Functioning since February 2014, it is proving to be an unexpected ray of hope for rural youth who have had to forego formal school education, for whatever reasons. This realization led to the setting up of the Community College which does not hold lack of formal education against a candidate. The accent is on making the students competent and employable. The training is practical in its orientation. Industry experts are being roped in to give practical tips through guest lectures. Partnership with industry is seen as integral to the unique value addition, be it through industry visits, internship or placements. Importantly, Sevalaya’s training comes with grooming, including etiquette, Functional English and communication skills as also customer servicing skills. Currently, trades offered are:
- A/C and Refrigeration
- Garment Making
The Swami Vivekananda library consist of over 20000 volumes of valuable books including the complete works of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Mahakavi Bharathiyar, There are also books on various topics like self-improvement, physical and biological science, computer, engineering and many other topics. The library is open to students of colleges and people in the surroundings villages, the library services are free of charges.
Taking the children on tours is an essential part of our programmes and is a means of education and entertainment. Our children are taken on tour to places of educational importance regularly so that each student gets to attend one tour at least every year. Apart from this, periodic tours are arranged for children as well as senior citizens to places of religious and architectural importance. We are grateful to the individuals and institutions who sponsor the tours for the students.