“I am going to become a Chartered Accountant” declares Veena S, determination written large on her fresh young face. “My father runs a small ‘idli’ hotel and I know he has difficulty with money, but I will achieve my dream of becoming a CA. I want to help children in their education & bring a good name to me & my family.”
Her parents wanted her to study but did not have means to admit her into a quality school. This is when Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya (RBV) came to their rescue.
Oozing with pride and confidence, Veena continued. “I did my schooling from LKG to SSLC at the Rotary Bangalore Vidyalaya and successfully completed my 10th Standard in 2013. I have joined Commerce course in PU and am now studying 2nd PUC. I did well in my 1st PU exams and will do even better in this class. I was also given a scholarship since I performed well in my studies. This is very encouraging since many students I know work hard to get the scholarship, since most of them find it difficult to pay even the small fee.”
We were pleasantly surprised by her clarity of vision for her future. “Though I chose to become a CA, I would like to involve myself in various social service activities and given an opportunity to join Rotary and serve and encourage children in education.”
Rotary Club of Bangalore runs a unique school at Nagadevanahalli, Bengaluru. Unique because it is run entirely on the “spirit of giving” of many benevolent, generous & kind hearted Rotarians. Ms.Sudha, the Headmistress of the school narrates her tenure in very soft, soothing and clear voice. “I have been the Headmistress of the school for the past 12 years. From student strength of about 200+ students we now educate 500 students from class 1 to 10. The aim of the faculty is to lay emphasis on quality education, discipline, sports and culture. I can confidently state that the children who come from modest backgrounds have thrived in the school’s atmosphere. Though this was a Kannada medium school under the state SSLC syllabus, students who have passed out from RBV have gone on to study further in English medium PU colleges and have been successful in achieving 1st classes.” The matured educationist is now beaming with pride.- Ann Shalini Prabhu