We started our first project in April 1999 by giving Interest free loans for school fees and women run micro enterprises. Most of the borrowers availed loans to pay school fees for their children studying in private schools.
We then started Tuition centers for students of class 6 at two private schools and one Corporation School in December 1999.
We were not satisfied with the exam oriented system of education. A need to carry out a project connected with primary education for under privileged children and to focus on young children of an impressionable age was felt by the SRCT trustees. The Trustees thought that there was enormous scope to reach out to underprivileged children and make a significant contribution to the quality of education provided by the Corporation. SRCT wanted these children to be given proper education coupled with good self confidence and self esteem.
The result was the introduction of the Montessori Method of Instruction. In the year 2004 encouraged by Child Vikas International (CVI), USA, our Trust shifted focus to cater to the educational needs of Elementary Schools of Chennai Corporation.
We started Two Montessori Centers for Kindergarten at Corporation Primary School, V.P.Koil St, Mylapore in 2005 and the very next year we started 2 Montessori centers at Corporation Primary School, Kotturpuram followed by 8 Montessori centers at Saidapet Corporation School for Girls and 2 centres at Luz balwadi in the year 2007, on centre in Balwadi at Marundeeswarar and 4 centres in Balwadi attached to Corporation Girls school, Saidapet.
Cognizant Foundation has funded the cost of Montessori materials for 12 environments across 6 Corporation schools in the year 2013 and has extended support in funding the operational cost ie the salaries of the teacher coordinator, helper and the monthly project expenses in the 6 Corporation Schools for a period of three years (2013-2016). Since 1999, Child Vikas International has been funding our projects that includes the Montessori project at Saidapet from 2007 to till date, and this year 2013-2014, they have provided Montessori material for 3 environments and the salaries of the teachers and helpers across 2 schools.
We have since successfully established the Montessori Method in 58 environments across 17 centers (3 Balwadis, 14 Corporation Schools and 1 Govt. School) in Chennai. Over the last 15+ years, SRCT has enabled Montessori Education for about 13000+ children.
We can proudly say that this is the first time anyone, anywhere in the world has taken the Montessori Method to under privileged children proving wrong the popular misconception that the Montessori Method is suitable only for the elite.
Chennai Corporation understands the impact that the Montessori Method of Education has on children and has decided to implement the Montessori Method in all its 200+ Primary Schools which have nursery classes.