RISE Foundation • 2657 Kipling St. Palo Alto • CA • 94306  818.314.1029

By now, it is well known that, at least, a billion children in the developing world get an inadequate education. Most of these children are poor, from rural areas, and are trapped in the poverty cycle. Children can break out of the cycle of poverty because an education can provide them with better opportunities and motivate them to improve their living standards. A laptop for rural children provides them with the tools they need to break out of the cycle of poverty, and make a better life for themselves.

Why a laptop?

In India, there is currently a digital divide, because urban schools have access to computers, which rural schools do not. RISE Foundation bridges the knowledge gap between rural and urban children, providing rural children the same access to quality education by providing them a laptop. The laptop encourages learning and allows students to access a world outside of their small community. Most importantly, the use of laptops in the school increases school attendance; this makes education more exciting. RISE Foundation wants to use education to combat poverty and positively impact future generations, indirectly impacting future generations to break out the cycle of poverty. RISE School’s main strength is that it has teachers who teach students how to learn and do research using a computer. While surrounding schools may have a computer lab, it may not be as up to date as RISE School’s is, and they do not have trained teachers who can help their students do research and learn by using computers. The computer lab at RISE has the latest equipment, so students can use the lab as supplement to learn concepts taught in class. The lab has laptops, and overhead projectors, allowing the students to see the material the teachers teach. Each teacher got 40 hours of computer training, when the lab was set up. Currently, the teachers use the computers to browse the Internet to manage teaching aids for their lesson plans. RISE School plans to introduce tablets and apps to enhance the students’ learning experience. RISE School installed Wimax broadband, which is much more reliable than dial-up. All web-related technologies [including cloud-related technologies], and software programs are supported by the hardware infrastructure in the computer lab. The teachers use these to teach the students how to do research on the Internet, and how to use the computer and Internet to learn. The students learn English, Tamil (language), science, social studies (History, Geography, and Civics), and Mathematics in the computer lab.



RISE School plans on continuing the following programs which are vital to teaching and operations:


* RISE School intends to continue volunteer program to provide foreigners in India the opportunity to experience life in rural India to develop programs in sustainable agriculture, technology (including the computer lab) and extracurricular activities for children; this contributes to a quality education. The program fees go towards programs and operating expenses of $20,000/year.



* RISE School plans on constructing 500 square feet of classrooms every year beginning in 2015. We will need more buildings, furniture, fixtures, and accessories. This will also help build our STEM programs. Total cost is $90,000.


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OUR PROGRAMS

RISE Academic Mentorship Program

RISE School’s volunteer program attracts volunteer teachers from around the world to train the salaried teachers with their continuous knowledge of technology, math and science so students can be research oriented and open minded. RISE School has plans to solidify the mentorship program, and every student will be assigned a mentor, who will live on campus, and will inspire the student to excel in school. Additionally, the board at RISE School plans to establish a student/teacher exchange program, which will introduce the students to different global cultures. The volunteer program lets the RISE School board find teachers with lots of teaching and other talents, who are willing to work in remote rural areas for slightly lower pay. There are many teachers wanting to teach at RISE. The current salary range for RISE”s teachers is INR 3,000-6,000/month. This is INR 500-600/month higher than what teachers at surrounding government-run schools receive. The teachers must meet high standards. RISE School has all teachers submit a resume showing that they have degrees from top schools and good grades. The founders interview teachers before hiring them. All teachers have degrees, in Computer Science, Information Technology, or MBA’s. Teachers have 1-2 years of experience. The board of education defines the minimum standard of education, and the minimum number of teachers to be hired. The board has teacher appraisal exams, which RISE requires all teachers to do well on. RISE School plans to hire an English teacher to strengthen the language department. The school board also intends to implement a language skills development program.

The school was strategically constructed on 16 acres of land, 3 acres of which are dedicated to the school and 13 of which are dedicated to sustainably harvested coconut and fruit orchards.

Children learn sustainable agriculture and business. Volunteers from around the world are invited to participate in the Mentorship Program to teach new techniques and provide business expertise to develop new strategies.

Currently, There are currently 400 Coconut trees at RISE School, and each tree produces 100 coconuts per year. The coconuts sell at 12 rupees each. RISE School is currently exploring new markets to sell the coconuts in, and increase profit for the school. The most important future objective is to train the students and their parents. Profits from sales subsidize low-income student fees. RISE School plans to continue with this model of sustainable agriculture and food production as a key focal area.

Agriculture Programs

The co-founders of RISE elementary value education going above accreditation standards by providing additional means of education allowing students to become creative, independent, and expose them to other cultures. Our volunteers implement many extracurricular and co-curricular programs.

Additional curriculum includes:

  1. Ethical, moral and spiritual education

  2. Multicultural learning and understanding through the RISE Academic Mentorship Program

  3. Music, art and dance classes

  4. Daily Yoga and sports to develop teamwork, self-esteem and discipline. The yoga teacher is so good that the students have won competitions.

Extra Curricular Activities

Spiritual understanding is an important part of the curriculum. Not only does spiritual understanding build self awareness and character by teaching the student about leadership, determination, and initiative, but it also is in line with the Montessori system of learning. These important traits guide the student through their education to remain positive and motivated. In addition, students are taught lessons in social responsibility and ethical leadership needed to become productive, spiritually aware, and socially responsible adults.

Computer Technology Program