The Rotary Foundation distributes district grants as lump sums that aligns with its mission to help Rotarians contribute to world understanding, goodwill, and peace by improving people’s health, supporting education, and alleviating poverty.

The inauguration of the District Grant to provide 30 Children Desks and 1 Solar Lamp to each of the 70 Single Teacher Schools (STS) located in Kanchipuram District took place on March 14, 2020 at their office in Ashok Nagar.

Single Teacher Schools (STS), a unit of Swami Vivekananda Rural Development Society provides the much needed value based education to over 30000 primary school children in over 1000 rural villages in 9 districts of Tamil Nadu validating successfully the famous saying of Swami Vivekananda – If the children cannot go to school, then the school should go to the children. STS assists children after school hours through structured program that help the student not only perform better at school but also provides the necessary skills and values that shapes their personality.

70 Schools in Kanchipuram District have been identified for the Grant. Each school will get 30 Desks for its children and 1 Solar Lamp. Children sit on the floor and use their laps to write and the desks will help them in their work. The solar lamp will ensure uninterrupted education in the remote villages where power cuts are quite frequent. The Total Value of this grant Rs. 9, 56,000/- . Of which District 3232 contribution is Rs. 3,30, 750/ and RCME contribution is Rs. 6.26 Lakhs.

Chief Guest A.S. Naryana Rao, Correspondent, Jawahar Vidyalaya, a 80 year veteran educationist talked in glowing terms of the service provided by Single Teacher Schools and even volunteered to support with his personal contribution. District Rotary Foundation Chair Rtn. Ambalavanan lauded Single Teacher Schools for bringing back the importance of Value Education to the villages. The Desk and Solar Lamp was given away to 5 Single Teacher Schools, which were represented by their teachers and respective students.

Education of Children in remote villages enables them to look at opportunities just as any urban child. It is probably the most potent tool in improving the life of a village family contributing directly to the community’s economy and is a fundamental element in nation building.

This District Grant in its own small way serves to the highlight this perspective and the need to support such initiatives in the future as well.