DNA India Article on Ekalavavya School Bengaluru
Post date: 26-Apr-2016 10:36:35
Most of these children are from nearby slums in and around Jayanagar in Bengaluru South. Around 150 children have joined Ekalavya school that was started in Bengaluru in 2012. As of now, 70 children are participating in the programme. “This training programme helps me a lot. They teach me how to communicate in English,” said Noor Ayesha, a Class IX student.
Funded by the Kasturi trust, which raises fund worldwide to support the education of poor children, Ekalavya has been delivering low-cost, high-quality education to more than 1,500 underprivileged children in the slums of Bengaluru and Hyderabad since 2012. Ekalavya then partnered with Level Up Village in order to expand its curriculum and help students acquire 21st century skills. “Ekalavya students would not ordinarily have the opportunity to be exposed to technology like other children from the upper classes. They would be lacking in skills to compete with the other children when it comes to technology and other skills,” said Dr Jayaram.
Level Up Village courses help to level the playing field by introducing Ekalavya students to cutting-edge technology such as coding, computer aided design (CAD) and 3D printing. This experience has also greatly expanded the children’s understanding. “They have come to know a lot about America, its people, culture, popular foods, lifestyle, weather and more through interacting with their partners. Ekalavya students have developed a great respect for US as a country and its people as a result,” added Dr Jayaram.