Dempo Vishwa Gramshala is a major initiative of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation. DVG is in the middle of its second year of its 3 year pilot programme.
With MOUs signed with the Government of Goa and a mentorship understanding with the Bharti Foundation, DVG has adopted 2 rural government High Schools at Curdi, Sanguem and at Dadachiwadi, Pernem respectively.
This programme is part of Chairman Shrinivas Dempo’s long term vision to enhance and rejuvenate rural Goan education by partnering with Government, providing targeted professional expertise and private funding to further develop and support rural education.
After analyzing the needs of the campuses holistically and listening to the many voices of the Stakeholders, DVG has completed several major infrastructural renovation and reconfiguration projects at its adopted Government campuses.
Most importantly, DVG has initiated a 9th Period Study Hall Homework and Remediation programme. Aimed at increased fluency and literacy in all subjects for all students, the DVG 9th Period is a special structural element of the school’s schedule where students and faculty are encouraged:
- to develop time management skills,
- to seek out much needed individual attention and personally address learning challenges,
- to digest the lessons of the day in peace and quiet, and
- to individually attend to daily academic tasks in a supportive learning environment.
Presently DVG funds additional instruction in English remediation and will soon expand to Science and Math, as needed.
Today’s function is one of the first interfaces between Mr. and Mrs. Dempo and their DVG Stakeholders, a casual, personal interaction, tour of the campus and friendly and informative interface with the entire Learning Community of Curdi.
The Government High School, Vaddem Curdi, Sanguem, has been adopted for three years by the Dempo Vishwa Gramshala, which is a part of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation.
Trustee of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation, Shrinivas Dempo, said that he wants to make the two schools adopted by the Dempo Vishwa Gramshala at Sanguem and Pernem as model schools.
Dempo was addressing the gathering at a programme held at the Government High School, Vaddem Curdi, Sanguem.
The Government High School, Vaddem Curdi, Sanguem, has been adopted for three years by the Dempo Vishwa Gramshala, which is a part of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation. This is the second year of the adoption. As part of the Corporate Social Responsibility, all essential facilities, academics as well as extracurricular, will be provided to the students. Dempo Vishwa Gramshala has also adopted the Government High School at Pernem.
Trustee of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation Pallavi Dempo; Education Secretary, Nila Mohanan; project director Dr Victoria Chowgule; director of Education Gajanan Bhat, OSD to Chief Minister Rukma Sadekar; South Goa ZP Navnath Naik, deputy sarpanch Kusta Gaonkar, and headmistress of the school Jyoti Dessai were present on the occasion.
Speaking further, Shrinivas Dempo said, “My grandfather Vasantrao Dempo was committed to social welfare and started the English daily ‘The Navhind Times’ and Marathi daily ‘Navprabha,’ and added that Dempo and Dhempe colleges were opened to improve education.
“When we wanted to celebrate the birth centenary of my grandfather, several suggestions had come forward to mark the occasion but we decided to adopt two rural high schools in order to bring the rural students on par with the urban school students,” Dempo said.
He appreciated the role of Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar in the selection of the schools and offering his support in the endeavour.
“Though we have adopted these two rural high schools for three years, we will not draw back until we see that the students of these two schools excel in the field of science, sports, arts and other fields,” he said.
Dempo appreciated the efforts and cooperation of the headmistress, staff and the PTA towards the betterment of the school. He further informed that a Rs 30-crore worth football academy is being opened by Dempo group.
Education secretary Nila Mohanan said that interaction between the students and the teachers is very essential in promoting the education process. In rural schools there are students who want to come forward but lag behind for want of facilities, she added.
Trustee of the Vasantrao Dempo Education and Research Foundation, Pallavi Dempo said that education teaches us to face the challenges of life. She appealed to students to achieve success in life by availing the facilities provided by the school.
Director of Education Gajanan Bhat congratulated the Dempo Vishwa Gramshala for coming forward to adopt the two rural high schools in the interest of the rural students.
The high school was adopted in 2016-17 and during this period the roof tiles have been replaced and water proofing has been done along with painting. Further, each class has been provided two chalk boards and one magnetic board.
Eight, ninth and tenth standard classes have been provided comfortable benches and desks, along with improved lighting. Urinals and toilets have been provided for boys and girls.
Keeping in tune with the Peepal tree being the symbol of the Dempo Vishwa Gramshala, a Peepal tree was planted in the school premises by Shrinivas Dempo.