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ELE – Related activities and modules (Year 2021-22)

Paadhai’s ELE Program has seen wonderful progress and success since its inception. Much of this credit goes to our volunteer educationist and enthusiasts. Here is a glimpse of the Activities and Modules for 2021-2022 :

  • Mentorship and Content

  • Content Curation and Creation

  • Ad-Hoc Modules Creation

  • Peer Learning and Volunteering

  • Supporting Other NGOs

ELE – Related activities and modules (Year 2021-22)

Paadhai’s ELE Program has seen wonderful progress and success since its inception. Much of this credit goes to our volunteer educationist and enthusiasts. Here is a glimpse of the Activities and Modules for 2021-2022 :

  • Mentorship and Content
  • Content Curation and Creation
  • Ad-Hoc Modules Creation
  • Peer Learning and Volunteering
  • Supporting Other NGOs




Enabling Learning Across Geographies

Farming is a great way for children to learn life skills. As real-world experiential learning currently remains limited by circumstances, Paadhai works on filling this gap wherever possible. The Rotary School in Channapatna is involved in a UN project on Framing Techniques and the school chose the topic of ‘Vineyard and Wine-Making’. Paadhai, through its network, connected the school to a vineyard in Brazil - The Terazzos Vineyard in Sao Paulo owned and run by Mr. Fabio Nascimento.

Mr. Nascimento conducted two sessions. The first one was on Farming– cultivating grapes - while the second one covered Wine Making. These sessions were very useful for the students and were enjoyed by all participants. Here are the recordings of these sessions

I. ELE session on Farming Techniques – Grapes (Oct 21) -https://youtu.be/8n9MlA5P2Kg

II. ELE session on Farming Techniques – Wine Making (Oct 22) -https://youtu.be/pQCthAuYcqQ



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Oct-21

Support for Rural Community Trust

Paadhai’s outreach program has benefited several rural and remote communities including the one in Villupuram. In addition to ad hoc support over the years for Rural Community Trust (RCT) in Villupuram, Paadhai has sponsored and facilitated the distribution of study material/notebooks for the children to enable their right to education. Several after school training programs in English and Computers have also been undertaken for all students in this home run by RCT.

Key areas of support to RCT include infrastructure improvement, access to running water and salaries of operational staff, from time to time. Last year, Paadhai assisted them with Security Cameras and this year(2021), we are providing the home with Power back-ups.



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Oct-21

Educational Content for schools

As a part of our Enhanced Learning Environment (ELE) programs, Paadhai handholds schools and communities with content and mentorship. Our main focus is to train and equip the teachers, so that they could educate their students better. The content that we create or curate is audio-visual in nature, so as to make learning interesting. Check out more on ELE... https://www.paadhai.org/enhanced-learning-environment.php

Paadhai uses and curates content of other NGOs as well (ILP, is worth mentioning here). These curated content (open source) are made available, freely, to all.

ELE mentors conduct orientation sessions to schools to introduce our content, to their teachers. You can watch one such session here- https://youtu.be/ASULLQXBBZ8



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Sep-21

Ventilators for Hospitals - Doctors' feedback

Paadhai worked with BCD, a Swiss organization, and a couple of other Indian NGOs to import and distribute Non-Invasive Ventilators (NIV) to hospitals in India. We had two rounds of these requiring efforts in identification of beneficiaries, import, logistics and support.

Over the past months, over 50 NIVs have been given to 20+ hospitals. There was an online session to get the feedback from the doctors on these COVIDAIR Ventilators.

You can see here as to what the doctors have to say…https://youtu.be/kHTMQvlXZwU


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09-Sep-21

ELE introduction - Aug 7 & 11 sessions

One of Paadhai’s projects, Enhanced Learning Environments (ELE), provides curriculum content, learning tools and mentoring support to schools and teachers. This is accomplished by handholding teachers to effectively deliver all these in a classroom environment. https://www.paadhai.org/ele-in-detail.php

ELE has been scaling up rapidly, with volunteers from different parts of the world – from Sydney to Seattle and Sao Paulo to Neuchatel. Our volunteers are all well educated people and as the ELE support is delivered remotely, they’ve been eager to actively participate. Right from their own homes, and by committing only an hour or two per week, they are able to add immense value to this program. In August, we have a couple of sessions introducing ELE to new volunteers.

ELE overview - https://youtu.be/uqTVDplfC8Q
Q & A - https://youtu.be/HPcA5A5R4no


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7-Aug-21 & 11-Aug-21

PAADHAI’s co-founder, James, is no more

James Koenig, one of the founders of Paadhai, passed away. He was a wonderful human being – compassionate, peace-loving and highly invested in Social causes. Here is an Eulogy from our Managing Trustee.

It’s with a heavy heart I remember, celebrate and pay tribute to the life of an amazing man and my dear friend, James.

The devastating Tsunami of South Asia was the one that connected us. James, along with some others, had raised funds but were unsure of the best way to direct those funds. The interactions that followed, about long term rehabilitation as opposed to one time support, planted the seeds of a friendship that was to last for decades.

Both being strong advocates for social causes, James and I decided that we explore the possibility of setting up a charity that focused on change – one that would look at need as it arose and work outside the box to promote independence and sustainability for individuals and communities living in the most vulnerable of circumstances.

The charity known as Paadhai (path, in Tamil) was born. From then on, for many years, James and I met every few months working on projects for rural and tribal communities in India. James acted as the Managing Trustee for Paadhai, Switzerland. He, Michelle and Laure spent a lot of time on our projects and were even in India for a few weeks, visiting project sites. A moment that will always be memorable for me, was when James organised a fundraising orchestral performance in Victoria Hall Geneva, made up of 100 volunteer violinists from his choir. Wayanad tribal school was the beneficiary of this heart-warming event - Paadhai could set up a corpus for them.

It was no surprise to me that James built his professional career around supporting those less fortunate. He was passionate about opening the doors to possibilities for children living with disabilities. I’ll be forever grateful to him for having provided the opportunity to organise and participate in a trek with the children and carers from his institution. A truly inspirational experience for me!

James Koenig was the essence of human kindness. He was a giver who lived his life with integrity and purpose. He was compassionate, peace loving and highly invested in social justice. We are all so much richer for having known him. His passing is indeed a great loss not only to his family and friends, but also to humanity. He will be most sorely missed.




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Jun-2021

What did ELE accomplish in 20 -21?

– a quick summary
Schools – Spoke to four, worked with a couple
-Channapatna; mentoring, content, adhoc module (Music, Maths and More) – Max efforts
-TVS; content introduction
- Wayanad; basic discussions; plans for ELE Skills training module and mentoring;
- CBE; many interactions at school and individual levels; they could use our content

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Aug 2020 – Mar 2021



Sara School Renovation:

SARA MIDDLE SCHOOL, a 50+ year old school, was facing the threat of closure, due to lack of basic infrastructure mandated by the Government. Paadhai sent out a request, a few weeks ago, and we got significant donations for this cause.

Sara School was primarily built to support the education of children of weavers who can't afford primary education, although it admits any child from a low- economic background. To date, this school has helped 7500+ children get educated!



Mar – Jun 2021

Beds to Pudukottai Hospital:

Donations from a small group of donors, enable Padhaai to procure and equip the government hospital in Pudukottai, Tamil Nadu, with 50 beds. This was a timely gesture (Covid period) and was well appreciated.

Thank You!

Greetings from Paadhai.Recently you generously contributed for this project- Hospital beds for pudukkottai Government Hospital in Tamil Nadu.

Accounts, Paadhai accounts@paadhai.org
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May 2021

Production center & Training Hall

One of the Trustees of Paadhai, Dr Raguram, under-wrote the entire construction costs of a Production center and training hall. These efforts started in Jan 2021 and are close to completion. The center would be ready for use in Aug 2021. Paadhai monitored the plan and building of this facility.



Aug 2021

Non-Invasive Ventilators, from Switzerland

BCD, a Swiss company, was ready to donate NIVs to India. Paadhai played an important role in identifying the right beneficiaries and distributing these. Here is a thanking note from our trustee.

Thank you, BCD – Thank you, Switzerland!

Switzerland as a country has been kind to me in several ways. Together with a few Swiss friends, Paadhai, a non-profit that focuses on education of rural and tribal communities, was founded. Many of Paadhai’s initial projects would not have been accomplished without the active participation of volunteers and donors, from Switzerland and France. Adding BCD to this list…  They donated some NIVs to India, which is grappling with the Covid pandemic.

These donations could not have come at a better time.  Our heartfelt thanks to Cedric and his team. I also take this opportunity to thank Switzerland and its people !

-Ramesh Santhanam, Paadhai (Ramsoft)

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Apr – May 2021

Tribal Production Center, Wayanad

Paadhai worked with Tribal communities in Wayanad to make Masks and Bags, during Covid time. Our ability to get quality results without visits was remarkable.

Wayanad tribal school – that Paadhai supports from 2007 - has tailoring machines for training their students. As the school was closed due to Covid Lockdown, these were used by tribal women to produce masks and bags. Paadhai team helped them in getting orders. This activity became self-sustaining in 6 months time. One of our successful livelihood projects



Nov 2020 – Jan 2021

Enhanced Learning Environment (ELE)

Based on earlier project experiences, Paadhai came up with the right model of supporting schools with mentorship and content

WHAT WE WISH TO ACHIEVE THROUGH ELE
  • Give the freedom to learn – should not be restrictive in use of what is available in the school and offered to students
  • Computers, Gadgets, Instruments and resources are all for students.  The utilization of these have to be maximized, not curbed
  • Encourage students to try and learn by themselves.  Be a guide.  Give the direction.  But, make them learn themselves
  • In a good environment, students ask more questions than the teachers.  Create such an ambience
  • Children learn well themselves.  In pairs or a group.  Group them up. Give them the content or tools.  They will learn !
  • Role of the teacher is to introduce, be around as a guiding force. To facilitate and motivate
  • Students should not be afraid of the administrators and teachers.  They should respect them – this is a major requirement in many of our institutions
  • Use existing content, globally available, free. Don’t spend time recreating them. Identify the right material and use them effectively
  • Create opportunities for practice and growth.  Those lagging behind can work with online material and toppers in the class
  • Build an environment where children want to be present and develop an appetite to learn
  • Make all the assessments fair and transparent.  Never Punitive
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‘Hole in a wall’ experiment – A TED talk … in line with our ELE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dk60sYrU2RU&list=PLdVCA4bAqgHvxR2yBPL2OEo__AVO2Y5dJ


Aug 2020

Educational projects: Focus on training teachers and content mapping

Paadhai worked on several education and training projects. These varied from financial support and project management for education related projects for rural and tribal institutions to content creation, attempting various teaching methods, online training and creating learning environments. Our objectives in all these attempts has been to work schools and communities to ‘Create effective environments’ to learn

Key projects that yielded significant results, particularly in rural and remote schools, have been …

  • Mapping global content (like Khan academy and others) to local syllabus (Karka project done with Altius, Chennai)
  • Training the teachers, on subject matter as well as in creating such a learning environment (Projects in Wayanad and Channapatna)
  • Providing the necessary or missing devices/gadgets (several schools and supplementary education centers in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala)
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2006 - 2016

Project Karka – Teaching through Computer Labs

Project Karka was structured on the following premises - Invest in curriculum delivery and Invest in ICT. It was launched in 2012 in a Government school, which provided free education to the underprivileged, in Chennai

Bulk of the resources were applied towards providing educational facilities to students and recruiting quality teachers (as against investing in real estate & construction). By associating ourselves with an existing institution, we were able to deliver better. Karka was replicated in other schools, later



2011 - 2014