A Ray of Hope

Parikrma Kids

I have been raving about Parikrma (www.parikrmafoundation.org/) to anybody who will give me the time of day. Mrs. Shukla Bose and her team have something good going at the four schools they have been running in the city of Bangalore. I was amazed at the enthusiasm of the children and their smartness.

Each class is named after a planet. Class 1 is Mercury, Class 2 is Venus etc. I asked the class 2 students why they were called Venus. One girl stood up and told that they were called Venus because Venus is the 2nd planet from the Sun and they were the 2nd class. At this point another kid stood up and said that he disagreed. He felt that they were called Venus because Venus is the brightest planet and they were the brightest kids in the school!

Most kids come from underprivileged backgrounds. Many continue to be child laborers. And yet they are clearly getting a good education at Parikrma. The English I heard from these students was better than the English of many students in the elite schools I have visited so far.

One more remarkable aspect of the Parikrma story is their ability to raise funds from CSR programs. Each individual classroom is sponsored by a company. I saw classrooms sponsored by Motorola and Adobe. Is this a story unique to high-tech Bangalore or can this model be replicated at the other metros? Mrs. Bose thinks that it is replicable and can be achieved for 15,000 Rupees per child per year (2,000 less than the government already spends). We are eager to help her create a model that can be franchised across the various cities. Please contact us if you are interested in starting a Parikrma school in your city or want to help us create this model.

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