A free school has been functioning
for over seven years now. Essentially it has now taken the form
of day care centre for about 65 children, this enables working parents
to leave their children in safe hands so that they can go to work,
earn and provide for the family’s daily needs. This also increases
the children’s chances for a good education.
In June 2000 Amma, declared open The Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School
which caters to education programs from Kindergarten to Grade 9.
Presently, this accommodates school almost 500 students and a full
time faculty of 20 trained staff.
Besides the academic syllabus, students are taught about spirituality,
with an emphasis on moral values and culture. There are many parents
who line up anxiously wanting admission for their child at the beginning
of each academic year.
The students of this school have done very well and have won prizes
in Art, Quiz and Sports competitions conducted at state inter-school
level. Parents, who are educated, place a lot of emphasis on education
for their children as well.
Much of the population in rural areas of India does not place much
emphasis on education, mainly because of financial restrains. However
there is a growing awareness on the importance of education and
people are eager to see their children get a good education.
It is well established that a good student of a rural area in terms
of academic performance is no less than a student from the urban
area. When given the opportunity and encouragement students from
rural areas also excel.
The Sri Narayani Vidyalaya School
Amma’s Vidya Nethram programs are specifically oriented to
providing the necessary infrastructure, giving children the encouragement
to pursue education beyond school. Amma’s nursery and secondary
schools are institutions that reach out to the people in the rural
vicinity of Malakiodi.
Distribution of note books, stationery items to several thousands
of students is a major program conducted each year. Amma has donated
tables, chairs, blackboards, books, stationery and school uniforms
to several rural schools which have been adopted by Amma.
Each year students who have secured the highest mark in the Graduating
examination in the final year are rewarded with a bicycle. To date
about 5500 bicycles have been distributed. Several hundred students
have also received a scholarship fund from Amma, encouraging them
to move forward in their educational pursuits; as Amma believes
that education leads to knowledge and knowledge leads to wisdom.