I am Deepa, resident from the Melkatayur village, dropped out of school after the death of my father when I was studying in VII standard. I remained out of school for 6 months. SSA and Hand in Hand staff identified and convinced me to continue my education. I was enrolled in the Bharathiyar RSTC on 25/10/2014 through sustained counseling where I completed VIII standard. Later I was mainstreamed in Manampathy Government Higher Secondary School (Enrollment No: 9130) (UDISE Code – 33030301503) to pursue IX standard. I stayed in the RSTC and continued till X standard securing 377 in March 2017Board exam. My aim is to become a Bank Manager and will work towards achieving that goal.
I am Menaka. I am from Pallakulam in Vilathikulam block. I have two younger brothers. My parents are Mr. Palpandi and Mrs. Padmavathi. As there was no school nearby in our village, I had to work in a brick kiln along with my parents, at the age of seven. When I worked in a brick kiln, I was identified by Sr Punitha an NGO in Vilathikulam and admitted in NCLP Vilathikulam in 2002. When I comlpleted Std V, I was admitted in Alloysius Girls HSS (DISE Co:33280101906), Thoothukudi in 2005. I scored 316 and 828 in X and XII respectively. After the successful completion of my schooling, I completed my B.A., Degree in English at MS University College Nagalapuram. Then I did my professional course B.Ed., in Chandy College of Education, Thoothukudi. Now, I am working as a warden in RSTC,Vilathikulam.
I am very grateful to NCLP,Vilathikulam and NGO, Power Healee Trust, Vilathikulam. If I had not been identified at the right time, I would have spent my life like other laborer’s in a brick kiln. Thank you.
Life of despair:
My name is S.Vijay. I belong to a very poor family. My family’s economy compelled me to discontinue my studies before I could complete VI standard during the year 2011-2012. In order to help my mother, I started working as a sales person.
At this juncture I was identified by the supervisor and Block Resource Teacher Educator of Sarva Siksha Abhiyan (SSA) during their survey in our area. They gave counseling to me and my mother, and explained the significance of education to us. As we both were convinced and got interested in continuing my education, they admitted me in Std VI in the special training centre (NRSTC) at Adhi Dravidar Welfare Primary School (ADWPS) (DISE code: 33151004601) campus in Milaguparai, Trichy District.
I must mention here the earnest efforts of the Educational Volunteer Mrs. Uma who took special care of me and encouraged me to involve in studies. So I gradually got interest in studies and started learning to read and write. She also taught me painting as well as making handicrafts. After the completion of special training, I was enrolled in Adhi Dravidar Welfare Higher Secondary School, Milaguparai (DISE code: 33151004602).
My Achievement and Gratitude
I regularly attended the school and now I have completed X standard successfully scoring 294 marks. The special training given to me was very much helpful to me and I am happy to extend my thanks to all the SSA Staff and Educational Volunteer (EV) who guided me to lead my life in the right path towards a bright future.
I am Kumarasen from Lalapettai in Karur District. My Family belongs to Below Poverty Line category. Due to my family circumstances, I discontinued my school education while studying VII standard. When my mother passed away it led me to total depression. Hence, I was left under the care of my grandmother in Mannachanallur, Tiruchirappalli District.
Got back my education:
My uncle, who came to know about the activities of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Tiruchirappalli, motivated and guided me to continue my education. When I met the Supervisor of SSA, he gave good counseling to me which made me realize the importance of education in my life. With the help of my uncle, I joined SSA’s Residential Special Training Centre in Samayapuram, Mannachanallur. I was trained in that Centre during the academic year 2009-10 and studied VIII standard. Subsequently on 31st March, 2010. I was mainstreamed in Panchayat Union Middle School, Koothur, No.1. Tollgate, Mannachanallur Block. (DISE code: 33150301801). On passing VIII standard, I got admitted in 9th standard in Government Boys Higher Secondary School, Mannachanallur (DISE code: 33150300102).
Came out with flying colors:
I continued my education in the same school with lot of inspiration from my beloved teachers and I completed my secondary education during 2011-12 and higher secondary education in 2013-14. I was scored 360 marks in X standard and 982 marks in higher secondary examinations.
Growth in my life:
I got admission in EVR College for pursuing B.Com. In I & II year degree examinations, I scored an average of 66% marks and now I am trying hard to score more. Then I got admitted to the Institute for Entrepreneurship and Cares Development, Bharathidasan University in Logistic & Supply Chain Management, offered by DDU KAUSHAL and qualified with distinction. I realized that being literate is not just a right, but a gift. I am very grateful to SSA because of the bridge course they provided me to build my ambition.
I belong to Paniya Tribal Community from Odamvayal, and I am very happy to share my testimonial on how I was able continue my studies inspite of various shortcomings. After attaining my puberty I was dropped out. I remained at home for nearly a year and was identified by the SSA team as a dropout. I was not at all willing to continue my education but after motivation and counselling, I joined the RSTC Ambalamoola Centre and was given a bridge course and later mainstreamed to GHSS Ambalamoola (33110400504). I am presently doing my IX std and I am so happy that next year I will appear for my Board Exams. Thanks to the SSA team for giving me a new life to continue my studies as a tribal girl. I wish to come up in life as a successful tribal girl.
I am Manoj 17 years old. I belong to a dysfunctional Paniya family. My father passed away when I was young and I was deserted by my mother who married another man was taken care of by my old aunt who was least aware of education. The SSA team identified me as a dropout and admitted me to the RSTC at Ambalamoola with compulsion. First my life at the RSTC was so bitter but later I got used to it and enjoyed learning. I would like to add to my testimonial that I am partially blind 75% and had regular medical check-up at the centre and I am provided with spectacles but still find it difficult to read and write clearly. After vigorous coaching I was mainstreamed to the GHSS Ambalamoola (33110400504) and now going to appear for my X Std Board Exam. I have applied for scribe and wish to get good marks and further continue my studies and come up as an educated Paniya tribal youngster.
I am Sivanagari residing in Kesthur village. Kesthur is a very remote village situated in a forest area in Thally block of Krishnagiri district. There is no basic amenity available in the village and we need to walk about three kilometers to reach the school in Manjugondapalli. It made me to remain as a Never Enrolled child up to the age of 10. It was at that time, SSA started a RESIDENTIAL SPECIAL TRAINING CENTER (RSTC) in Kesthur, necessitated by the OOSC survey conducted in 2009. It was a great boon to me and the school age children in my village. The BRTEs identified me and admitted in the RSTC, where I was trained to reach the minimum level of learning. After completing my VIII Std., I was mainstreamed in GHSS ANCHETTY. Due to my family background, once again I became a Drop Out. But, the training I got in RSTC made up my mind to continue my studies and to appear X std. Examination as a private student. I secured 237 marks. After that I joined XI Std. in GHSS Anchetty (DISE No.3331170040) and scored 720 marks in XII std. Then I completed my B.A. English Literature from Government Arts College, Hosur in 2017. Now I am working in a private company in Bangalore and earn Rs.8000/- per month. My ambition is to complete B.Ed. and become a good teacher like the ones who changed my life. I am grateful to SSA – KRISHNAGIRI for making my life prosperous and happy.
I am Jalaja kumari working as a Headmistress in GMS.Chittar (UDISE No. 33300700604). Sree Vishnu karthik’s family was residing near our school and were very poor. Even then they send their elder son Sree Vishnu Karthick to “Bharath Primary School” at Pechipparai. He was studying in II Std. Since they were unable to pay the monthly fees in the school, so he stopped going to school and stayed at home. He used to come to the shop nearby our school and one day I asked him why he was not going to school. The boy replied that his parents were unable to pay the fees, so he stopped going to school.
I informed this to the BRTEs who came for the survey. Along with the BRTEs, I went to Sree Vishnu Karthick’s home and talked to his parents. His mother said, “since we were not educated we want our son to be educated in English medium school”.
We told the parents that in GMS Chittar we follow English medium and advised them to enroll their child. They happily admitted their child in our school. Now he is very happy and comes to school regularly. Special coaching is being given through NRSTC centre. Now he studies well. His parents are also very happy because the boy studies well without paying any school fees and van fees. They also enrolled their younger son Vino Karthi in I Std. His parents frequently come to the school and enquire about their children’s achievement.
My name is Soojoal from west Bengal. My father’s name is Gopal and mother name is Kemma. Due to poverty we come to Kanyakumari District in search of work. My parent got work in the Brick kiln at Chenpagaramanputhoor.
My parents asked me to support them in making bricks. When I was working with my parents some teachers came to the Brick Kiln where we were working. They asked me to go to school. But my parents were not willing to send me. Teachers repeatedly came to our hut and talked with my parents. They spoke to my parents about the importance of education and the rules of the government. Finally my parents accepted to send me to school. Teachers took me to GPS. Chenpagaramputhoor (UDise code:33300100201) school and gave uniform. I got food from the school. In the beginning I was not interested in learning but was interested in drawing. So, I used to draw pictures in the note book. My teacher encouraged me to draw pictures and gave crayons. She hanged the pictures in the wire pandal. Now I am interested in the studies also. Those who visit our class appreciate me by seeing my drawings. I use to help my parent on holidays and taught my mother to count the bricks. By seeing the change in me neighbours are also now willing to send their children to school.
N. Maideen Basha
I am Maideen Basha, doing II year BE in Electrical and Electronic Engineering in GOJAN school of Business and Technology, Edapalayam Redhills Chennai 600052. I was once an out of school children after migrating from Karnataka along with my family. I was supporting my family by working in chamber. During 2008-09 I was enrolled in a special training centre which was functioning in PUMS Unjapalayam where my life had a turning point I completed VIII Std in the special training centre. I came out with flying colours in secondary education with 453 marks from St. Ignitius High School Boothapadi and I completed my higher secondary by scoring 829 marks from GHSS Andhiyur. The day I met the SSA personnel was a memorable one as it changed my life and made all the difference in my academic career.
I am Anjali from Tirupur. Due to lack of interest, I
discontinued my studies when I was in Class VII. Later I was
very much worried about my future. During the survey
conducted by SSA in April 2011, the BRTEs met my parents and insisted on the importance of education and my future.
Through their guidance and counselling, I was enrolled in
VIII Std in NRSTC of SV colony.
Mrs. Pathma Priya was the Educational Volunteer of the NRSTC which was
functioning in Municipal Middle School, S.V.Colony (UDISE No:33122202901). She
inspired me a lot. She taught not only the subjects but also
good habits. They provided noon meal, uniform, school bag
and chappels free of cost. It was only because of the
training provided in the centre. I passed the NMMS exam
successfully and received the Scholarship.
As I got interest in studies I completed VIII Std in MMS
S.V.Colony successfully and continued up to XII Std at
Jaivabai MGHSS, Tirupur. In X Std , I scored 440 and also
scored 1009 marks in XII Std. When in school I got a bicycle
and laptop free of cost issued by the Government of Tamil Nadu. Now I am studying II
year B. Com, CA in LRG Govt Womens Arts College, Tirupur. I thank Sarva Shiksha
Abhiyan for shaping my career and future.
Sebika Debbarma, D/O Sri Ranjan Debbarma Village- Harbang under West Tripura district was identified as a Dropped-out child during ‘Vidyalaya Cholo Abhiyan’, 2012 and got admitted into class III as per age in New Mandwai Girls’ High School (Pry.) under Mandwai Block.
She was provided free coaching in the Residential Special Training Centre (RSTC) running in New Mandwai Girls’ High School. Teachers of the Residential special training centre worked very hard to minimize her learning gap. Since then, her learning gap has bridged and she was admitted in Class VI of New Mandwai Girls’ High School and was provided to the adjacent girls’ hostel, run by the State ST Welfare Department. The girl came from a poor family without any stable source of income. However, at present, she is continuing her study in class IX. The girl has gradually developed day by day. Beside Scholastic development, she is well versed in performing tribal song.