The principle of positive discrimination prevailed upon and the number of children from weaker sections raised to 52 from 17 of last year.
Deepalaya Society continues to involve itself in the running of Deepalaya School, the main activity. The year 1984 was of significance for Deepalaya as it has expanded upon the activities of education for weaker sections initiated in 1983.
Inspire of the constraints faced due to inadequate space, for the school to expand and the financial strain etc., the school maintains a cumulative growth in the number of admissions as well as in the quality of education rendered. The untiring efforts of the Principal and teaching staff in maintaining the educational standards and good discipline is appreciated. The tabulation below will give the strength of the school during the academic year 1984-85.
|Period||Nursery||KG||Standard I||Standard II||Total||Using van|
When the academic year started in April 1984 the strength was 57 and in January the strength has increased to 87. The students using the van has increased from 32 to 55 during the same period.
Although it was intended to have classes upto Standard V, it could not materialise due to want of accommodation. Also, more children could not be attracted due to the uncertainty in the availability of better accommodation which may remain a problem until the school acquires its own land and buildings and to have classes upto 10 + 2 levels.
The free school section has made substantial stride in its growth. Initiated in September (12.9.83) with five students, the number has increased to 52 by the end of December 1984.
Altogether Deepalaya has a strength of (87+44) 131 students, including the 44 free school students.
The potentiality to improve upon the services which can be rendered to the weaker section, an avowed policy of Deepalaya was pursued throughout the year.
In the process various funding agencies were contacted who are interested in the welfare of children belonging to weaker section. We were privileged with the visit of M/s Pierre Bernard Lebas of Aide et Action, Paris and Beppe Lubatti of Movimento Svillupo E Pace, Italy as also Mrs. Pande of Save the Children Fund, UK. They looked at Deepalaya with interest and may help in extending educational facilities to children belonging to poor families.
Deepalaya is also in dialogue with Foster Parent Plan, USA to take up geographical area for community development with child welfare as focus. With the help of PRADAN a professional organization, survey is under progress of Najafgarh and Kanjhwala blocks of outer Delhi. The possibility and potential of sponsoring a good number of children and develop through them their families is being studied.
The Annual Fete
The annual fete as usual in aid of the school was conducted on 16.9.84. A sum of Rs 15,624.00 was collected through advertisements, entry tickets and sale from stalls. A sum of Rs 2,705.05 was spent towards printing and other expenses. The co- operation and support received from parents, well wishers and friends of Deepalaya are gratefully acknowledged. We count on the continued support of all to extend the benefit of our activity to more deserving people.
An attempt to put up two rooms upstairs of the existing premises from where the school is functioning is still to be completed. Our thanks are to the owner, who gave permission and members, who gave personal loans and supervision to raise the rooms. It is hoped that the rooms will be ready for occupation soon.
The financial position is far from satisfactory. The need for advance payment towards acquiring accommodation and capital needed for putting up temporary accommodation and such other capital requirements keep the society in the red and restrains it in extending benefit to deserving poor.
While concluding this report, thanks are extended to the members, staff, friends, supporters, well wishers of Deepalaya. It is hoped that Deepalaya marches ahead in expanding its efforts in the service of the weaker sections who need services most.