At the SchoolPardada Pardadi Girls School (PPGS) is a non-partisan, secular school registered in the state of Uttar Pradesh. We educate girls from kindergarten through class twelve.
We currently have four schools. Emma Horne’s Primary School educates kindergarten students, Satya Bharti School educates grades one through five, and Pardada Pardadi Inter-College (PPIC) educates grades six through twelve. The vocational training is also housed in PPIC building. An additional school located in a neighboring village of Bichola, Satya Bharti School, educates children from kindergarten through fifth grade.
We recently changed our school’s model; instead of working predominately as a vocational school, we now emphasize an educational curriculum which covers Hindi, history, home sciences, math, computer sciences, art, and English (spoken and written). We also started teaching lab-based physics, chemistry, and biology in July 2012. Please read below about our new science, English, and computer labs.
After class ten, the girls have two options; one, they can pursue further studies through class eleven and twelve, or two, they can join the school’s vocational center and work in the textile industry. No matter what they chose, the school guarantees all PPES graduates a job.
The school also works to ensure that the girls will become moral, well-rounded adults. In addition to the traditional curriculum, we teach them life skills such as leadership and public speaking. We also teach the girls about dance, theater, debates, music, sports, health and hygiene, current affairs, family-life issues, gender issues, money management, rural development, human rights…
The school received a grant from Action for the Support of Deprived Children (ASED) and Cargill in order to build a new science lab. This lab uses an English-based medium to teach the students physics, biology, chemistry, and math. Access to this scientific knowledge will give our girls chances to pursue higher education in fields that were previously more difficult for them to access.
Sudha Murthy English Learning Lab
Action for the Support of Deprived Children (ASED) and Cargill also gave a grant to the school to finance a new, comprehensive English lab. This lab combines the use of traditional teaching with CDs, DVDs, and computer games to provide our girls with a working knowledge of the English language. In today’s increasingly globalized job market, being proficient in English will provide our girls with job opportunities that would be otherwise inaccessible.
In 2004, the school received a grant from the Public Affairs Office of the US Embassy to provide computer education. The computer lab, named after Helen Keller, an American icon for the physically challenged, is equipped with twenty computers and two printers. The lab runs on diesel generators because the area experiences erratic power. Students are taught basic computer skills including Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.
We are very grateful to have this lab. In early 2004, our students were asked if they had ever seen a computer before. Only one student raised her hand. Today, all our students are very comfortable working on computers, as they spend time using them at least twice a week. Younger students especially enjoy playing games and using the painting program.
Hiteck Peripherals Pvt. Ltd. trained three of our teachers to work with students in the computer lab. We plan for all of our teachers to be trained to work and teach on computers in the future.
Thanks to Mr. Shiv Nadar, Founder/President of HCL, for his grant to upgrade our computer lab, and to the Bharti Foundation for providing broadband.
Leadership and Volunteer Program
Once a month, a student is selected to spend the day with 10 other students from classes 6 to 11 except from class 10 (because of Board exam preparation) performing necessary school chores, including cooking, cleaning, taking care of plants, attending to visitors, etc. The idea is to instill in each girl an appreciation for the dignity of work. It is a process of self-learning and confidence building that helps break caste barriers amongst students. This program also helps the students develop team spirit.
Beyond this, we identify exceptional leaders in each class. These girls are given added responsibilities that include:
1. Caring for younger children.
2. Aiding teachers.
3. Helping with discipline.
4. Helping with special school projects, including cultural programs.
We also look to this program to identify potential future teachers at PPGS.