Conditions in Wayanad are highly challenging – be it the remote and difficult terrain, the poor infrastructure, the distances involved or the poorly developed transport facilities. Amidst these conditions, we started the Vivekananda Residential Tribal School.

The School was started as a response to the issues that we identified among the tribal children of Wayanad:

  • Large numbers of tribal children were not going to school

  • We saw an alarming dropout rate among those children who did go to school

  • As a rule, the nutrition status of tribal children was poor

To address this situation, we established the School with the following objectives:

  • To provide education opportunities to the tribal dropout children and thereby reduce the number of drop outs among school children

  • To bring tribal children into mainstream education and equip them for the mainstream

  • To supplement the government’s effort to provide education for all

  • To provide value-added education that enables the children to develop confidence and a spirit of independence, so that they can succeed in life

Just because we work for the poor does not mean we do poor work. We believe in giving the best possible education to our students.

To ensure that we deliver these services, we are in the process of setting up a monitoring and evaluation committee. Members will include parents of tribal children, representatives from tribal department, representatives from education, health and ICDS, representative from NGOs working in Wayanad area, eminent educational thinkers, other prominent people and representatives from implementing organization. The committee will monitor the performance and progress of the School, providing necessary direction for development of the School so that it serves in the best manner the interest of the tribal children.

Priority for enrolment is given to the most vulnerable tribal children. Equally, priority is given to tribals in the recruitment of teaching and non-teaching staff.

Future Plans
Following the enthusiastic response of the tribal communities to our School, we have made plans for expanding and improving the School.
Our task has only begun. Our plans are:

  • Create capacity for providing education to 250 children

  • Provide education up to the matriculation level

  • Enrol more tribal children in the School

  • Increase the self-esteem of the tribal children

  • Make education a central concern for the parents of tribal children

  • Reduce malnourishment among tribal children

  • Create educated and competent children, well-trained in skills when they pass out of School


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