With the high rate of school dropouts among the poor, especially girls, we have identified a pressing need for educational assistance for the village children. In response to this need, we have established free evening study centres in several villages. These centres create a healthy environment for children to do their homework and get additional support in learning from the tutors.

The children are motivated to study well, and encouraged when they receive praise from their teachers and their grades improve. The ultimate goal is to help the children to stay in school and attain higher grades through building their confidence in themselves and counselling them on the benefits of education.

The foundations of a good education are laid during the preschool years.The Tamil Nadu government has set up nursery schools where a nutritional midday meal is provided. Good preschool activities and resources are still lacking in some of these village 'anganwadis' and resources are limited.

RPI is providing educational items, such as flashcards, story books, puzzles, blocks etc for the 'anganwadis' and we regularly send a staff member to the local preschools to do extra activities with the children and to train the staff. Co-operation between government programmes and NGOs has been encouraged by the government in India and can help extend the effectiveness of government programmes. We presently assist 6 anganwadis.

Private educational institutes are widely available across the State, but few are affordable to the poor. Mountain View School for the rural poor opened in June 2015 to bring quality English-medium education to impoverished villagers for whom such education is unaffordable.

We started with LKG and UKG and having been adding a grade level every year. In 2017, we also started a 2nd LKG class and will add a 2nd class at each grade level as these children move up. Read more about the school here.

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