Almost all of the children from the stone quarries are first generation learners, means; they are the first one in their families to go to school. So they will be having difficulties in education since they don’t have any one to guide at home and motivate them. Many of the parents also are not so motivated to send their children to school as they want their children to work in the stone quarry and earn for the family.
Education is the main pillar of the program, to give formative effect on the mind, character, or physical ability of an individual also to provide a better future. The children are going to various Kannada, Tamil and English medium schools like Jyothy School, Alphonsa School and St. Mary’s School respectively so that they will also get opportunity to grow and develop into the mainstream of the society. Cost of education is fully financed. Timely follow-up of the performance is done in consultation with the respective school teachers.
Supplementary Coaching Programs
In addition to formal schooling, children are given supplementary coaching to cope up with the mainstream curriculum standards. Learning of life skills, computer class and spoken English classes are also provided for the children along with study facilities like books stationary etc.
Life skill education and personality development
In order to promote over-all growth of children, special activities in the form of co-curricular and extra- curricular activities are conducted in the campus. They are like sports, music, dance debates, Magazine and cultural activities in encouraging the children to bring out their hidden talents.
Academic and Career Support
Lots of supportive programs like home work guidance, computer classes and special coaching classes for academically weak children, exam preparations etc are conducted to find the talents in the children to build their carrier towards their areas of interests. Workshops to give exposure towards various job opportunities available in various fields, job orientation interviews with professionals and role models working in different fields etc are given to enrich the children with various opportunities available.
The children of Planet Hope are exposed to various extracurricular activities to refresh them and to find the hidden talents of the children other than studies. Though are weak in their performance in the school they are very good in extracurricular activities like sports and games, arts, yoga etc.
Attitude building for better academic performance
Attitude is the major element in the performance of a person in any area they are put into. If the children are not guided with the right attitude, they cannot make success whatever environment and inputs are made for them. The children from the stone quarry background are coming with different kinds of psychological and emotional problems since they are born and brought up in a tough situation. They will be having issues with the parental care, child abuses, de motivations, lack of role models, aptitude problems, learning disorders and other growth related problems. Thus, the attitude building plays an important role in building the carrier of a child.