"Arsha Gokulam" is the name of Arsha Seva Kendram’s Children’s education program. In 2015, we saw the flowering of this program. For years, we taught underprivileged children from local government schools in Mysuru. Now, many of them have joined various polytechnic courses and university colleges. College students are financially assisted with their educational expenses including fees. Their families tell us that this is the first time ever anybody in their family joined a college!
We are working on a holistic development of these children by regularly conducting classes on Dharma, Communicative English, Soft Skills, Personality Development and Career Guidance. Since we work closely with each and every student of Arsha Gokulam, we extend our support in the areas of need to their immediate family members as well.
The Arsha Gokulam students are from rural, Kannada medium background. They considerably lacked the English language skills. Their comprehension, reading and writing in English was very poor. Spoken English was far from their reach. When they reached college, though they grasped the technical topics when explained in Kannada, they were unable to comprehend when they read the lessons by themselves and also were unable to express their understanding either orally or through written English. This produced a negative impact on their exam scores and lowered their self-esteem.
Hence, teachers at Arsha Gokulam teachers designed a 100+ hours course which included overall language training and aspects of personality development. 30 students in 3 batches have completed the course so far. The classes are very interactive and interesting. After the class, teachers also help the students to comprehend their college subjects like Business Studies. This course has proven to boost the overall confidence of students and help them to shed their inhibition towards speaking in English.
Arsha Seva Kendram has sponsored two field trips for the children of Arsha Gokulam in the span of six months. First trip was for a ‘Personality development and Spoken English’ workshop followed by a tour of P.E.S Educational Institutions. Second trip was to ‘Anahata’- care centre for specially-abled children. This is to expose children to the social-services field. Children had a moving experience interacting with the inmates of Anahata. They also visited an agricultural field, solar power plant and a historic temple.
Educational Trip to Mandya
Educational Trip to Periyapattana