Our group consists of recent graduates with an obsession en route for Social Welfare, Academia International School (a project of Human Welfare and Development Foundation) aspires to provide free quality education to the masses, raise health awareness among the young and take on projects necessary to eliminate dependency.
Perhaps the best kind of charity lies in making someone able to help themselves. That is to say, if your charity does something that makes a person stand on their own feet, that is much better than buying them a pair of crutches. Props that your money creates for the needy may go away, but if you can teach them independence and the means to it, that is the best charity.
With that idea in mind, it is easy to recognize that the best kinds of charity and service one can offer the poor of this world is to educate them. Give them such education that will enable them to become financially self dependent. It may be necessary, along the way, to support them fully for a short term, but the long term goal is always going to be education, of the sort that lets them earn their own livelihood.
While standard, school going education is okay for children and those who have people to support themselves already, those who need something to procure their own immediate sustenance need a different sort of education. The desperately poor have two ways to rise above their condition – a practical way and an impractical way. The impractical way is job training, the tool that rich people use to make poor people better servants and seal them into a more-comfortable state of dependence.
The problem in many developing countries is that governments lack either the financial resources or the political will to meet their citizens’ educational needs. In response, poor parents in some low income countries have organized and paid for their children’s education themselves. It is true that school fees and other user payments are a heavy burden for some parents to bear. But, given the alternative, children receiving no education at all, such payments can represent a temporary, if less than ideal, solution to the problem.
In an ideal world, primary education would be universal and publicly financed, and all children would be able to attend school regardless of their parents’ ability or willingness to pay. The reason is simple: when any child fails to acquire the basic skills needed to function as a productive, responsible member of society, society as a whole, not to mention the individual child, loses. The cost of educating children is far outweighed by the cost of not educating them. Adults who lack basic skills have greater difficulty finding well-paying jobs and escaping poverty. Education for girls has particularly striking social benefits; incomes are higher and maternal and infant mortality rates are lower for educated women, who also have more personal freedom in making choices.
Children are entitled to a free, quality basic education. This goal appears to be out of reach for many poor countries. School attendance, especially for girls, is far from universal, and many children drop out of school before completing their primary education. Many children who do attend school receive an inadequate education because of poorly trained, underpaid teachers, overcrowded classrooms, and a lack of basic teaching tools such as textbooks, blackboards, and pens and paper.
Academia International School aims at providing a standard education, fresh graduates and trained staff members as its faculty, restricting the number of students that are registered per section, providing basic teaching tools free of cost.
All instructions in the Academia International School are driven by the specified curriculum frameworks, and/or national standards when applicable. AIS’s curriculum has been created using the Understanding by Design model, in which essential questions and enduring understandings were developed, followed by assessments and learning activities.
- Core instruction in reading and writing (whole class), with a research-based reading program
- Small group instruction in literacy based on individual needs
- Core instruction in mathematics (whole class), with a research-based mathematics program (Everyday Math)
- Small group instruction in mathematics
- Science is taught by the classroom teacher
- Curriculum to be enriched through the use of technology
- Students access a number of special subjects including: music, library, art, and wellness (PE and Health). Offerings differ by grade level, but in all instances, curriculum has been developed using the Understanding by Design model. Dedicated classrooms are required to maximize the instructional opportunities.
- Regular education support is provided for students who require additional, targeted support in reading and mathematics. These supports are in the form of in-class and pull-out services, depending on the needs of the students.
- Ample space, including a performance area (stage) is provided to fully implement the numerous programs that our school offers. This includes family events during school hours, All School Meetings, traditional school-wide programs such as Celebration, plays, etc..
Site Development Requirements
A total of 1000 students can be accommodated on the premises, where the already existent building can only accommodate 350 students (Availability of 10 class-rooms). Development to accommodate approximately 950 more students and required staff is under progress.
Target student accommodation for the first semester was 350 students, which would include 175 male students and 175 female students.
The developed portion of the site is small, approximately 8 rooms. In addition to the 8 classrooms (2 staff and administration rooms) availability, additional 7 class-rooms are under construction, with almost 15% of basic structure construction done.
On site Computer Cluster is required to enhance school’s instructional theory and learning theory method of teaching. Initially a facility of 36 networked computer systems would easily facilitate a teacher and section of 35 pupils.
Ample of ground space is provided already to the students. However lack sports equipment and recreational equipment such as the see-saw, merry-go-round, swing-set, slide, jungle gym, chin-up bars, sandbox, spring rider, and playhouses, many of which help children develop physical coordination, strength, and flexibility, as well as providing recreation and enjoyment.