Bohra Youth Public School - Udaipur
You can help brighten up their future
Dawoodi Bohra Jamat in Udaipur manages and runs the Bohra Youth Public School. The school, with two campuses at Khanjhipeer and Bohrawadi, strives to provide all-round education to children from mostly lower middle-class Muslim homes.
The school does not receive any government grant, and thus has to depend on fees and donations. Since most students come from poor families, the fee is minimal (only Rs 160/- or $4 per month) for those who can afford. For those who cannot, it is waived. Donations are meager and the Dawoodi Bohra Jamat helps with whatever funds it can spare. Despite the financial limitation, the schools manage to provide a decent education, but of course they can do better. They ought to do better.
This is where you and us who live in the West, and are privileged in so many ways, come into the picture. In 2006 we pledged to help the school and have since been trying to raise funds to give that extra bit that these children deserve.
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The school management needs funds on an ongoing basis in order to improve the quality of education and provide safe and creative environment for students. The funds they are able to raise through fees and local donations are not enough. With our financial help they can do a lot more than just get by. With extra money the staff can be given better slalaries, more competent teachers can be hired and the fee can be kept affordable. Thanks to your support, over the years the school has made great improvements, but a lot more remains to be done. We’ll continue to need your help in the coming years.
That said, we all should be proud of what we have achieved so far. The Bohra Youth Public has been a great success and is a shining example of what we can accomplish with single-minded dedication. And this despite the difficult trajectory of the reform movement and the many odds that we had to overcome every step of the way. Over the years many committed individuals have helped shape this success with their self-less hard work and dedication. They are too numerous to mention here but Yusuf Ali R.G., currently Secretary of Dawoodi Bohra Jamat, deserves a special mention. It is fair to say that without his fierce commitment and hard work the school could not have survived the intial formative years. In recent years, Rehana Germanwala has taken up that stewardship role. She is a city councillor and despite her many responsibilities she finds the time to look after both campuses. Lt. Col. (Retd.) Sirajuddin also deserves a mention for devoting his considerable time and talent to the management of the school.
Lastly, we wish to assure all donors that your funds are being used responsibliy, there are no overheads or other unnecessary expenditure. We'll keep updating this page to share with you the difference you are making to the lives of these children (see more detail and pictures below). If you have any questions or concerns please do get in touch with us. Thank you.
How is your donation money spent?
Rest assured that your money is being put to good use. Below you will find an year-by-year synopsis of how the schools and students have benefitted from your generosity. (Updated: February, 2012)
Donations from 2007 were used in equipping five classrooms. Four to five additional classrooms were still to be finished and equipped. School administration was planning to upgrade the school up to the secondary level. Class 9th was introduced in the July of this year.
Donations from this year were used to restructure and equip the Nursery section with furniture, books and other children’s supplies. Tuition fee for 25 students was waived.
The five additional classrooms that need to be finished from 2007 were completed this year. Salaries for teachers were raised in both schools in order retain and hire good, qualified teachers. Tuition fee for 20 students was waived.
Donations from this year were used to purchase iron furniture and camera system for surveillance and discipline purposes. Tuition fee for a number of students was waived.
Donations from 2011 were used to buy computers for computer labs at both schools. The computer lab at Khanjipeer was fully renovated with new computer systems and is now fully functional. In the computer lab at the Bohrawadi school all CRT monitors have been replaced with TFT monitors.
Goals for 2012
The school management plans to carry out major repairs including waterproofing of the roof and painting during the summer vacation this year. Once this is done a library will be set up. Student strength has increased by almost 25 per cent.
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