Uplat English School

Target : Rs 2 Lakhs

SSESA LEAD: RONNIE MASCARENHAS (Class of 1974) ronaldmascar@gmail.com

If you would like to know more about this effort or volunteer in making this a success, write to us at mc@stanislites.org

The Uplat English School project

TalasariOne of the projects beingsupported by your St. Stanislaus Ex-Students Association is The GNANMATA ADIVASI ENGLISH SCHOOL in Uplat, Patilpada, Talasari.
GNANMATA SADAN is an Educational Trust of the Society of Jesus, Bombay Province set up to administer the Talasari Mission. The Trust, in collaboration with various congregations of Sisters and the Diocese of Vasai, runs the following institutions: 11 Primary schools, 4 Secondary schools, 1 Junior College and 5 Boardings.
Why an English School? In our globalized world English has become indispensable for progress. Currently the Adivasis have no option for an English education. Those who can afford an English education are already attending the two existing English medium schools in the area.
It has become important that Adivasis have a chance to compete equally with their local as well as urban counterparts in the job market. However, local educational policy does not fund an English education and hence the subsidies required are very high.
Starting a new English medium school from Std V allows for identification of promising students from poor economic backgrounds and to partly sponsor their education. The salaried Adivasis have alternatives. The Uplat English School project will probably be the only English-medium school for an Adivasi student.
The Project To start an English-medium school for the Adivasis in conjunction with the existing Marathi-medium High school at Uplat Patilpada, Talasari.
The Capital investment project has been taken care of by Benefactor agencies. The Running costs have to be generated from Students Fees and involvement of Alumni Associations of the Jesuit Institutions in the Bombay Province. It involves
  • Re-building the Academic Block to include classrooms for the English-medium school, laboratory, science and computer labs, audio-visual room and staff facilities in four phases
  • Re-building the Girl's Boarding to house 110 girls and the Sisters Residences. (The sisters manage the boarding and teach in the school)
  • Re-building the Primary Blockthe oldest structure of mud and brick.
  • Extending the Boy's Boarding to accommodate 150 boys
The Plan The then Rector and Chairman of the Gnanmata Sadan Society, Talasari, Fr. Wendell D'Cruz SJ has by his letter dated August 11th 2006 authorized the St. Stanislaus Ex-Students Association to solicit funds towards the running costs of the School.
The Managing Committee of your St. Stanislaus Ex-students Association has set a target amount of Rs. 2 lakhs per year. Learn More If you would like to learn how you can support this Alumni Project or would like to share your ideas about potential Alumni projects e-mail: Managing Committee or contact the following:
About Uplat Uplat is a sub-center of the Talasari Mission and is 150 Kms north of Mumbai, along the Western Express Highway, (NH 8)
Gnanmata Sadan Schools serve 6000 Adivasi boys and girls
Teaching staff comprises 95% local Adivasis
All 11 Headmasters and Mistresses of the Primary Schools and the Headmaster of 1 Secondary School are lay, local Adivasis
The Uplat Campus uses several environmental friendly technologies like a solar cooker, solar panels for electricity, windmill and LED lighting for lighting of compound areas.
Over the years Gnanmata Sadan Schools have set the standard for education in the Adivasi areas of Dahnu and Talasari with high performance in the Secondary Certificate Examinations.

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