Educate to Empower is a philanthropic school that aims to socially and economically elevate the lives of disadvantaged girls in Thekkur, a deprived rural district. Our School provides free education for 210 girls and is growing organically by adding one class each year. The school is equipped with a computer laboratory, smart classrooms, library, art room, playground, garden and educational crèche.
We have a strong community focus and use our teachers and students as advocates of change and hope. The new Protect Our Village project aims to go beyond just pandemic crisis relief and sustainably empower the local community using a 4 Pillar Plan of Education, Nutrition, Employment and Health.
Our vision is to create an educational institute that employs the best pedagogy and personal development measures to transform underprivileged rural Indian girls into confident, compassionate and knowledgeable women with clear ideas for their future success. We envision our school to serve as a centre for not just learning but also community development since no individual exists in a vacuum and our girls can only thrive if they are part of a healthy and harmonious local environment.
We believe every learner is different. Our girls are not only scientists and writers but also dancers, artists, explorers, nature lovers and farmers with a strong connection to their local environment. Our syllabus is well rounded with a focus on sports, yoga, student politics , drama and art. Since many of our girls come from agricultural families we implement forest schooling and teach them maths, art and science in our large organic garden. We ensure our students have plenty of time for free play, creativity and self expression.
We focus on rural girls born to low-income families because these are the most oppressed members of our society. By educating and socio-economically empowering these girls, we believe we will not only improve our own students but also enable them to take forward our mission and create positive changes in mindsets and practices amongst their families. Our efforts within school are paralleled by our efforts to support the local village community and ensure their basic needs are met.