INNOVATION IN PUBLIC EDUCATION
World over, high quality government funded public education systems are a proven bedrock for societal progress. In India, the scale of the demand poses a challenge for most governments across the country. Tranquil Charitable Foundation (TCF) was founded to try and bring an innovative approach to address this challenge. Our mission is to develop a scalable and sustainable solution to improving educational outcomes for students and alumni of publicly funded government schools through active local community participation.
Gubbalala Higher Primary School (GHPS – Bangalore South) is a typical kannada medium government school that faces the regular challenges of infrastructure, student-teacher ratio and other challenges. GHPS was formally adopted by Tranquil Charitable Foundation (TCF) through an MoU signed with the Karnataka Dept of Education, to adopt the school under the “Shale Dattu Yojana” scheme in Jan 2011.
Over the past years, TCF has partnered with the school in various ways including infrastructure support (water supply, bathroom facilities, additional lighting, etc.), student support (uniforms, stationery, medical checkups, etc.), teaching & academic support (additional teacher-aides hiring & funding, sponsorship for participation in external exams, etc.) including direct academic intervention through volunteers from our apartment complex. In recent years, we have expanded our partnership to include support for all the alumni of GHPS in pursuit of their academic desires in high school and beyond.
As we go past the TENTH anniversary of the establishment of Tranquil Charitable Foundation (TCF) and our work with GHPS, we decided to take a look back on the journey to-date and reflect on where we’ve come since that first step. In this short Youtube linked video, you will see some highlights from our initial days, all the way to today as we continue to work hard at our mission of “develop a scalable and sustainable solution to improving educational outcomes for students and alumni of publicly funded government schools through active local community participation”
Over the last ten years, we have come a long way…and we are eternally grateful to all of you – our patrons – who have walked every step of the way with us, encouraging and motivating us on this journey. Our accomplishments are your successes. Our volunteers, our teachers and most importantly our students are the real heroes of the TCF journey and we, the trustees, wish to salute and thank them for these accomplishments.
H M Sharma
In loving memory of Sharma-ji;
To have known Sharmaji, is to have understood the meaning of “joie-de-vivre”;
To have talked with Sharmaji, is to have seen wisdom in action;
To have worked with Sharmaji, is to have experienced generosity;
To have been mentored by Sharmaji, is to have been blessed in life.
Sharma-ji, who recently received the eternal embrace of the Lord was a celebration of joy, wisdom and boundless giving. From the very initial days of TCF and life at Mantri Tranquil Apartments, he was a guiding light to all of us in so many ways. Ever ready to roll up his sleeves and get into action – as a teacher, as a volunteer, as a fundraiser, as a builder of organizations including the Tranquil Seniors Club, as a Rotarian, as election volunteer,… the list is endless. His infectious enthusiasm for life touched every soul lucky enough to know him.
For us at TCF, he was a rock and pillar of support as we established and grew the organization in its initial days. The strong foundation he helped us lay is what has enabled us to be able to support over 500 kids today. And we are sure, these 500 are just a fraction of the many lives, which today are better off, for having had the fortune of crossing paths with Sharmaji in one-way or the other.
To Ravi, Chaya & family – our deepest condolences. Thank you for sharing him with all of us. Our lives have been forever enriched through our association with him.
We are sure that there are a bunch of lucky kids running around Sharmaji, wherever he is today. May his soul rest in peace. Om Shanti !!!