A Plan for Belagavi Flood affected schools

BackgroundNorthen Karnataka districts were severely affected by heavy floods during August 2019. Belagavi district was the most affected. Hundreds of schools were submerged in 5-10 ft water for more than a week. Many buildings and classrooms were severely damaged.Schools also lost their records, library books, TV, projectors, computers, etc.

Government has been working on a war-footing to fix these flood and rain ffected schools. But this is a gigantic task. Government’s first priority is to provide houses and living to the population at large of this area. Government plans to release Rs 2 lakhs per school for repairs. Considering the amount of damage, this may not be sufficient to provide sufficient infrastructure to these schools.
  OSAAT is a young organization and was started in 2003 by a few like-minded philanthropists originally from Karnataka, living in the San Francisco Bay area. What started as a private effort on their part to help some of the needy schools in rural…

Effect of floods on Indian schools

Education is the foundation of any nation and economy. Well educated citizens form the backbone of a country. Education opens up a whole new world of ideas, possibilities, opportunities, enables different perspectives, bring about inclusiveness, wealth of knowledge and well-being to name a few. It enables students’ bring about a viewpoint, have an opinion, a say, question the obvious and nurtures creativity.
According to the HRD Ministry, education spend in India is around 4.6% of GDP currently (Source: Economic Times, Mar 2019). In spite of this, India’s literary rate is at 72.1% (Source: UNESCO list of countries by literary rate (2015)) while the world average is at 86.3%. There is no doubt we have tremendous scope for improvement.
While there is significant improvement in the education system in urban India, rural India has a lot of catching up to do. There are societal and cultural issues, which discourages a child’s education (especially girls), lack of financial support and la…

Infrastructure - A step in the right direction

When we, at OSAAT, accept the proposal to construct a new building for a school, there are a number of discussions that happen to understand how to go about building the school. The architects & building contractors involved in this process dig deep into understanding the best, most efficient & environmentally sustainable approach in bringing up the building.
OSAAT’s mission is to build a strong, safe and healthy learning environment for kids in rural India.We strive to do so without compromising the environment, aesthetics or practicality. Let me illustrate what I mean. OSAAT’s mission is to build a strong, safe and healthy learning environment for kids in rural India First, let us look at the school in Rampura. For the construction of the walls, soil-cement blocks were used. These blocks are made using the soil available locally. With just 5% cement mixed in, these blocks are completely eco-friendly. Since these blocks were prepared on-site, we were able to completely foreg…

Importance of quality toilet infrastructure at schools

Below is an article from the Times of India (Dt. Dec 20th 2018).

Here is the link to the same article -
The fact is that most of the Government schools in India were build in the 1930s & 1940s. Since the buildings are over 70 years old, they have deteriorated to a state which is no longer safe for schooling activities. However due to lack of alternate options, the school management continues to run the schooling activities within these crumbling structures causing grave danger to the students and the faculty members.
The incident at Morarji Desai Residential School is very saddening. This child was the only child of her parents. Any dreams they may have had to see her grow, see her celebrate her birthdays and graduate and see her have a family of her own all are dashed.  The child's own dreams of whatever she wanted to accomplish are also …

OSAAT's 24th school - Government Higher Primary School, Rampura

November 17th 2018 is a date that students from Government Higher Primary School, Rampura will remember for the rest of their lives. It is that day when OSAAT (One School At A Time) in association with Rotary handed over the newly constructed school building to students of GHPS, Rampura. This is OSAAT’s 24th project aimed at replacing the aging infrastructure of government schools in India.
The newly constructed school has 5 classrooms, a fully equipped toilet and a compound wall, which now secures the school on all 4 sides. This school is special even for OSAAT volunteers because this is the first time that OSAAT has implemented a few new things such as a rain water harvesting system, constructing the school by using eco-friendly soil-cement blocks and improving the aesthetics with themed paintings on both the interior and the exterior walls of the school.
All the volunteers from OSAAT were welcomed with warmth and affection on the inauguration day. The inauguration was graced by Dr. Y…

Improvements in GHPS Kuruvinakoppa after OSAAT's intervention

Kuruvinakoppa village is located in Kalaghatagi Taluk, Dharwad District, Karnataka State, and is about 22 k.m. south of Dharwad city. The Government Higher Primary school at Kuruvinakoppa was established in the year 1914.
When OSAAT took up this project in 2015, out of 11 classrooms in the school building, 4 classrooms were in a dilapidated condition, and had been ordered for demolition by the Education Department because of the threat it posed to the safety of the children. Under OSAAT’s “Adopt A School” program, Mr. Sanjeev Acharya, President and CEO of Silicon Sage Builders, Santa Clara, California, USA, graciously funded the entire project cost for the construction of 2 brand new classrooms.
Our team from OSAAT recently visited the school to get a feel for the changes at the newly constructed school. Below are some of the observations by Mr. Srinivas Subramanian, an OSAAT Volunteer:
1.The student strength has increased from 435 in 2015 to 455 in 2018 (an increase of ~5%). The increa…