Our academy is more than just a school. We offer a completely unique approach for educating the poor. No other model of educational intervention commits the same level of long-term and quality investment in the lives of these children, or holds more promise for their futures and those of their families.
India is becoming a growing economy. This is good news for India which has a population of 1.2 billion. The bad news is that more than 70 percent of India’s population still lives on less than two dollars per day. While its economy grows and flourishes, millions of people are being left behind without access to the same standards of education and opportunity as the more fortunate. Is this something we can accept or compromise? Unless we do something to bridge the gap between the rich and the poor, the situation will remain the same. The poor are crippled and paralyzed for centuries without access to standard education and development. Invariably, most of the poor live in rural villages where they have challenges even to meet their basic living standard.
I believe that our academy opens the door in a variety of ways to the marginalized to improve their living conditions. Education can be an answer to alleviate their poverty and give a better life for their children.
Our academy has a wonderful academic setting. We have five class rooms which are designed optimally to enhance their learning. For example, each classroom is freshly painted and decorated with colorful pictures that attract the children. Each room has sufficient work desks and benches to inspire learning. In order to develop the skills and encourage creativity, the children have access to a nice garden and an outdoor playground. These children are truly lucky when you compare many schools in our areas without proper buildings and amenities such as toilet, playground and water tank. In some places, teachers conduct classes under the trees due to lack of class rooms. Our students are truly blessed to have all of them under one campus. While many dalit kids still are discriminated against even in schools, we try to encourage them and instill on their minds that the ‘Sky is the Limit’. I share all these exciting details with you about how wonderful our program is developing. I know that you also care very much for these children and are supporting my efforts to give them the very best opportunities. It is truly rewarding to see their little eyes glow with wonderment and a motivation to learn. St. Patrick’s Academy is the answer to a better and brighter future for the poor.