CHENNAI, India—Peramanur Upper Primary School, just a stone’s throw away from Ford’s manufacturing facility in Maraimalai Nagar, sported a new look last week. A colourful stage had been set up for the start of a supplementary education program at the school, jointly organized by Ford India and Vidyarambam, a partner NGO.
The supplementary program, will have two modules – the first being academic support in all subjects for children in primary classes – Standards I to V, where activity-based learning will be implemented. The other module, called Easy Learning English, will enable the students of VII-VIII to boost their skills in the international language from an early age, since the medium of instruction in these schools is mostly vernacular.
Inaugurating the program, Senthil Kumar, vice president of Manufacturing for Ford India cited the example of the first Mount Everest conqueror Tenzing Norgay.
“Success can be attained only through struggle and repeated practice. Ford India has partnered with Vidyarambam to help you in your education at your doorsteps, and you must take advantage of it,” he urged the children.
Chairman of Maraimalai Nagar Municipality, Gopi Kannan joined the ceremony as the chief guest.
“Being well-versed in English is becoming an important requirement today. Parents and teachers must encourage their wards to join the program and master the language in a fun way.”
Founder secretary of Vidyarambam, V Ranganathan gave a brief introduction of the curriculum and their easy, fun methods of teaching.
Over the last few years, the school has seen several noticeable changes that have come through Ford volunteers’ relentless efforts to build infrastructure. The grounds of the school compound look greener and better since it was leveled by the volunteers and filled up with gravel and earth to make it safer for children to play, a ramp built by them helps the children get into the classroom with ease and a water filter provided them safe drinking water.
“Ford volunteers have donated computers and a water filter, and done so much to improve infrastructure here. With this new program, I hope my students will be as well-versed in English as their counterparts elsewhere,” said Rathi Mala, the grateful principal of the school.
Ford India’s vice president, Manufacturing, Senthil Kumar hands over learning materials to Rathi Mala, principal of the school.
School children look forward to the new program that will help them learn better.