Fundación Esperanza y Alegría and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria help improve the education of more than 200 students of Gandhipet (India)

Fundación Esperanza y Alegría and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria come together to build 6 new classrooms at the St. Joseph Nursery & Primary English Medium School of Gandhipet (Thiruvallur, Tamil Nadu, India). This school will give access to education to 226 students (119 girls and 117 boys) between 3 and 10 years old.

The schoold, managed by the parish of Gandhipet and is the responsibility of Archidiócesis de Madras Mylapore, was created in 2005 and counts with a daycare and primary education in English, as opposed to the rest of the schools in the area that only teach in Tamil, the official language of the state of Tamil Nadu.

In India, English education combined with the local language or the mother tongue is indispensable for students to compete in equal conditions. Speaking English is a necessary requirement to advance in the labor force, even for jobs that don´t require high professional qualifications.

The beneficiaries of this school belong to very poor families of the Dalit caste. These people are victims of a very big social and economic disadvantage, where children´s education, especially for girls, is very limited.

With the construction of the new classrooms, Fundación Esperanza y Alegría and the Cabildo de Gran Canaria, are looking for ways to fix this situation, improve access to education in the area of Gandhipet, and increase the number of grade levels so that students can continue their studies in English and not have to abandon or transfer to a school where classes are taught in Tamil.