Up until class 5 the school follows the Satya Bharti School system which is activity-based learning aimed at improving the overall scholastic experience.
As students reach class 6, the curriculum divides into two halves - the first half focussing on core academics and the second one focussing on personality development.
The personality development (pic called personality development) aspect is a unique component in the curriculum which is given equal weightage as the academic classes. PPES believes that children need to learn more than just academics to achieve anything in life, to make their own place in the world.
Every student has a distinct persona that needs to be developed, which is done through this course. These classes will help students gain confidence, widening the scope of knowledge, improving communication and language speaking skills, gain leadership quality, etc. They are better able to reflect, analyse and act upon situations. Personality development includes classes on Human Rights, Feminism, Art, Theatre, Public Speaking, etc.
PPES also has a comprehensive sports program (pic called sports program) where all the students are encouraged to participate in at least one sport. PPES also organises a marathon every year in Anupshahr to address the right of girls to participate in sports.
In addition to the above, a sense of “Giving Back” ( pic with kids planting trees) to society is inculcated in the students, for which the girls are given projects which need them to work in their community, including planting trees to help them gain a sense of responsibility towards their surroundings.
In order to bring the students of PPES at par with students from more privileged backgrounds, PPES has built four labs that offer children a hands on experience and not limit their knowledge to just books.
The science lab was started in July 2012 and helps the students to get practical experience in the subjects of physics, chemistry and biology. Access to this scientific knowledge has enabled the girls to pursue higher education in fields that were previously more difficult for them to access.
Named after the renowned author and philanthropist Sudha Murthy, this lab combines the use of traditional teaching with CDs, DVDs, and computer games to provide the students with a working knowledge of the English language.
UP Board does not offer Computer Science as a subject. As a result, PPES introduced Computer Science with the establishment of a computer lab at the school in the year 2004. This lab offers the girls a chance to learn the basics of programming and coding, which has led many of the students to pursue computer sciences in higher studies.
With an aim to break the notion that a girl cannot do well in maths and hence, should not study mathematics, PPES started a maths lab where girls can clear their concepts and doubts without any apprehensions.
A register is maintained in every class where a daily record of attendance is kept. Additionally, an F.R. register is maintained where records of existing students are updated every year and all new admissions are recorded.
The dropouts are tracked directly by the Principal and no girl is considered a dropout till a substantial effort is not made to get her back to school.
PPES believes that the school’s role does not end with the graduation of a girl.
Responsibility to put together a financial package and providing continued guidance for every graduate so that she can go on to pursue further studies is also part of the PPES education journey.
PPES takes care of everything from career counselling sessions, help in applying for the course of their choice, mock interviews, placement opportunities, and securing loans for education.
Throughout summer, before PPES graduates join their respective courses for further education, training sessions are held to polish their communication and interactive skills in order to prepare them for a life outside their villages.
Once the girls start their courses, they are then paired with suitable mentors (link to volunteer section for mentorship) from their chosen fields who can guide them on how to approach their course and what to expect while seeking employment. The guidance provided by these mentors proves to be immensely beneficial as the girls can make the most of their opportunity to study, realise her professional ambitions, and be financially independent.
Every January, PPES announces how many new girls will be accepted for the following academic year. All girls between the ages of 3 and14 are eligible to apply.
Girls come to the school and receive assistance with filling out an application form. The school then gives them an interview date. Application forms help us determine whether a girl is qualified for entrance to the school. Generally, we only accept the most impoverished girls from families that earn less than INR 810 per month per family member (US $13). They are also given a medical exam to determine if they have any medical complications. All possible assistance is provided to children with special needs. Interviews allow our admissions staff to establish how much interest the girl and her parents have in the type of education PPES embodies. If a girl or her parents aren’t interested at this stage, the girl will likely drop out in the future. The most motivated students receive admission.
Throughout the initial three weeks of school, the newly admitted students undergo tests and trainings to decide in which class level they belong. During the fourth week, final adjustments are made and by July everyone starts the regular program. In order to ensure that the students excel in the skills required to pass each class, PPES does not have summer or winter vacations but two months in summer during which the students can do more sports, arts and humanities, or improve themselves in the classes they have difficulties.
Program and operational costs include:
In April 2014, the S.P. Jain Institute of Management and Research conducted an assessment of PPES student performance compared to similar grade students in the Bulandshahar District (population 3.5 million) and Uttar Pradesh (U.P.) (population 204.2 million).
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