Education challenges in our community
Many of us might have college-bound kids they understand very well how expensive education is. Fortunately, in the USA most of the primary and secondary school education is not only free but good quality except for some inner-city residents. In Saurashtra, our primary education in villages remains extremely poor and it seems a daunting task for the government and community how to get out of this malaise. As more information and technology available it becomes very hard to compete for even extremely bright kid in a village with very well groomed and educated kid from renowned high school like SNK at Rajkot. This might left out many deserving students from rural area schools. This is our challenge.
As we were discussing this issue with community intellectuals and educators we felt we can find a way out. How about giving somewhat equivalent education to the top strata of school
students? From this idea, the brilliant student project was spurted. We all know the top-notch universities in the USA are attracting top Students and give them academic challenges, provide a computing environment, give them identity and alumni support. From June 2014 we are selecting about first 300 students from Saurashtra region who come in merit in the entrance exam. We are providing them with knowledge-based and value-based education. We have made the campus WI-FI, provide each student tablet and have tools for the 21st century. Being bright, coming from the middle and poor financial background, these may be a group to groom, mentor and create future leaders, intellectual and entrepreneurs, and philanthropist.
This is a very big challenge we have taken. This will be a great learning experience for us, USA based philanthropist and social activist. We hope besides giving them the best academic experience, we can teach these students the best values, the highest standard of ethics and integrity. Give them the best knowledge or anything you can think that help them for their future. They can try to go IIT, IIM or appear for IAS examination, besides traditional medical, engineering, science or we can find a writer, creative thinker or any other intellectual to help society.
This program also needs tremendous resources so please help the project whatever you can in your capacity. We really need lots of ideas, knowledge, and input. Since last two years, we are contributing about $100,000/year towards to this program. Major donors are Dr. Bhanji Kundaria and Ashwin Javia from the USA. In addition to the financial donation, Mr. Ashwin Javia is personally committed his two years of time to this program.
Our goal is that we succeed in this pilot project and then expand similar education to our 34 other institutes run under Umiya Parivar Education Trust and others. Our goal is to improve the standard of education in our villages and empower community and India.
If you would like to support this program or get involved, please contact KPSNA executive committee member.