Our goal is to strengthen the capacity of communities to support basic education and literacy, reduce gender disparity in education, and increase adult literacy.
Rotary KDN Shruti School for Hearing Impaired
The brainchild of Shri Ramesh Oza, a renowned Audiologist and Speech Therapist, who visualized the need for a special school in Mumbai suburbs, this school was started in 1973 as a project of our Club and has become a permanent and flagship project of the club. Today it imparts SSC Syllabus education (Std.I to VII) to over 100 hearing impaired students in multiple regional languages by specially trained faculty and support staff and preparing them for joining normal schools from VIII Std. onwards. Quite of few alumni of this special school have completed graduation and post-graduation studies or taken up vocational courses and are successful in their careers / lives.
For more information, please visit www.shrutischool.com
E-Learning Centres of Excellence
The Club has set up over 150 E-Learning Centres of Excellence at schools imparting education in SSC syllabus in western suburbs of Mumbai and extended suburbs, including rural schools in Palghar District of Maharashtra. The E-Learning Kit included Android LED Projector and software content, based on prescribed school text books in interesting easy to understand animation format. Each E-Learning Centre’s outlay was around INR 50000/-. Teachers and students were provided adequate training for effective use of the kit.
Part of this prestigious project was executed with the support from The Rotary Foundation and generous contributions made by our own members.
School Excellence Awards to Top Ranking Students
Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Excellence Awards
Instituted in May 2014, Smt.Chandaben Mohanbhai Patel Rotary Excellence Award which aims to recognize and reward excellence in academics at Board and University level examinations. Students from 50+ identified schools, colleges and institutions in western suburbs of Mumbai securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks in final year in their respective institutions are awarded cash prizes of Rs.10000, Rs.5000 and Rs.3000 every year from the income earned on a corpus generously donated by Surajba Charitable Trust – a family trust of Past President Dr.Mohanbhai Patel) to Rotary Service Public Charitable Trust. The awards will accompany a Certificate of Achievement from Rotary Club of Bombay West.
SUPA Farm Rotary Excellence Awards
In July 2014, with further large value donation from Surajba Charitable Trust, the Club has constituted a similar Excellence Award for students from tribal belts in Dahanu and Talasari Talukas, Dist.Palghar in Maharashtra. The award will be known as Supa Farms Rotary Excellence Award. Students securing 1st, 2nd and 3rd ranks in the final year in their respective schools are awarded cash prizes of Rs.5000, Rs.3000 and Rs.2000 respectively every year from the income earned on the corpus created from the donation. Students from around 50+ identified schools benefit from these awards which motivate students towards higher achievements.
RCBW Chair In Management For Non-Profit Organisation At NMIMS :
Since the 80s, the NGO or voluntary service organisation sector has been growing rapidly. A lot of them were inspired and managed by individuals and the lact of training that could prepare people for working in this sector was hampering the growth of both individuals and NGOs.
Sensing this need, the Chair was established in 1991, making NMIMS one of the earliest institutions in this country to develop training in the voluntary sector. In collaboration with our Club, the Institute conducted short-term courses in areas of management of NGOs and designed a Certificate / Diploma Programme in Management of Voluntary Service Organisation which was subsequently upgraded in 2007 to an MBA Programme in Social Entrepreneurship.
The Chair has made a significant difference in demonstrating the application of management to social sector by developing appropriate academic courses, conducting research, organizing field interventions and winning global recognition. The students have won national and global awards and we feel proud that the studentswho pass out from this Institute are agents of change in their chosen careers.
For more information on the course, please click here – MBA (Social Entrepreneurship & Sustainability Management)
Bhavishya Yaan – a Skill Development Program for School Children
Bhavishya Yaan is a skills enhancement programme for less privileged children studying at Municipal Schools acclaimed by Rotary International as the most innovative project in the field of literacy. The programme was first implemented by Rotary Club of Bombay in partnership with Vidya, a widely renowned NGO which has a track record of running educational institutes for the less-privileged.
Our Club is successfully running this programme at a school in Municipal School in Vile Parle East, Mumbai since 2011. A batch of around 120 students are selected from the V to VII standard and given structured coaching for two years in conversational English, Computer Education and Soft Skills outside their regular school hours.
The students who were part of this initiative have generally improved their academic performance and have become either more employable or better equipped to face the demanding challenges of a fruitful higher education. Deserving and meritorious students have also been later given scholarships for further studies to make them realize their dreams of a better future.
Encouraged by the positive results, the Club commenced Bhavishya Yaan programme at Sane Guruji Marathi Vidyamandir, Santacruz West, Mumbai in July, 2014. And in October 2017, it extended the Bhavishya Yaan programme to the primary section of Sane Guruji Vidya Marathi Vidyamandir School.
M.P.Ruia Vocational Loan Scholarships
This programme aims to help deserving students in the community whose financial constraints prohibit them from pursuing vocational and professional courses by offering Loan Scholarships. The interest-free loan is repaid by the students or parents in instalments once they have completed their education and have obtained gainful employment. The response to the programme has been overwhelming. So far, we have disbursed over Rs.125 lakhs to more than 600 students and the repayment track-record is satisfactory. Under this programme, loans are given only for studies in India.
To know more about the Loan Scholarship or to apply for one, please click here
Several schools, particularly in rural India, run with minimal infrastructure. Our Club has assisted several rural schools in Palghar District of Maharashtra to improve / upgrade their infrastructure by building classrooms, community halls, kitchens, toilets, providing furniture and fixtures, teaching aids, sports equipment, libraries, computers, e-Learning kits, etc. This improved learning environment as resulted in enhanced interest in teaching as well as learning, improved attendance and overall improved performance of the students.
Water, Sanitation & Hygiene
Constructed or upgraded toilets and hand wash stations with training in maintenance / personal hygiene at over 50 schools in rural areas off-Mumbai, benefiting over 50000 students, teachers and family members. Project supported by UNICEF and co-funded by The Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs from Germany.
Loans for Higher Studies & Vocational Courses from Banks in India
The Club has published an information booklet on the education loan schemes of Banks in India as well as the subsidies / incentives being offered by the Government on borrowings for education.
Please click here for downloading the PDF version of the booklet.