Very often we hear people lament that the materialistic tendencies are rapidly spreading in the Indian society and the time tested values of its heritage are fast eroding. However, both, those who lament and those who hear reflect over them with a sense of non-chalance or fail to gauge the implications. As a cumulative impact of this, we have rather failed to create an ambiance in the society that produces individuals with character and integrity.
Character building, indeed, begins in the class room. Not many realize the imperative of inculcating right values in the formative stage which is the classroom. If we look back and reflect on what has been happening, we sadly realize that all sorts of fissiparous tendencies have entered our society. Towards neutralizing such tendencies, it is important to make every one realize that individuals are not brought up in isolation; their growth is intrinsically linked to various things most importantly, their school, their family, and the nation, therefore they have a responsibility towards them.
Vandemataram Foundation (VMF) was founded as on NGO established with an objective of inculcating such values amongst children. Focusing on the government schools in the backward areas, the Foundation works with the twin principles of extending academic and emotional support to the children and strengthening the infrastructural facilities in the schools. Making a village school the nodal point, the Foundation builds teams consisting of village elders, youth and alumni of the school. These teams working in tandem with the parents and teachers of the school actively involve the students in various constructive and creative activities.
It is obvious that only those children who can not afford studies in private schools join government schools. Perhaps, such children may not get any guidance either from the parents or from any other source. We need to fill these lacunae by way of extending a helping hand to the poor children. Accordingly, Vandemataram Foundation works towards realizing its Vision of a noble society consisting of citizens with good character and patriotism brought through harmonious and sustainable cooperation between the government schools in the rural areas and the local community.