“The story of the AGN School is very much the story of Dr. Ayee Goundan and his wife Sarasu. The story of the AGN School is also intertwined with significant contributions by his mother, father, a brother and an uncle and a few friends and associates attracted to the school by its philosophy and Ayee and Sarasu’s example. These family members, friends and associates serve the school in many ways including serving on the GIFT Foundation Board of Trustees, the AGN School Advisory Committee and the AGN Academic Council as well as providing financial support.
This school has responded to an existing need for locally accessible education for children living in an underprivileged poor rural environment. The school has succeeded in sustaining a high standard of education while managing high growth and continuing financial viability.
- Mason Byles (BSEE/MBA, Stanford) benefactor of AGN School
This proposal advocates the creation six four year comprehensive support scholarships to be donated to the AGN School of Konganapuram, India orgajnised by the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks in partnership with the Rotary Club of Salem South, Tamil Nadu, and with the support of the Rotary Foundation and Rotary Clubs in Districts 9500 & 9520 South Australia.
These scholarships will be awarded on application to gifted students unable to cover the cost of attending the school. Scholarships will be awarded to those students who have also been assessed as committed to returning to their respective rural communities at the conclusion of their tertiary education and professional development.
The expectation will be that they will, in the spirit of Dr. Goundan, contribute their professional skills and expertise for the betterment of their communities.
The total cost of the six scholarships (tuition, books, coaching, clothing and hostel accommodation) for four years will be USD$30,000.
We are pleased to announce that the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor in District 9520 has agreed to sponsor one of the 6 scholarships.
President Elect Bob Congdon in conjunction with President Jeff Mattner are pleased to anounce that as a result of the three way support from the Rotary Club of Victor Harbor, a 9500 District Grant of AU$5000 and the Adelaide Parks Club that Four Scholarships from year 9 to 12 will commence at the AGN School in the 2010-11 school year. The AGN School assisted by the Rotary Club of Salem South, Tamil Nado is in the process of conducting final interviews with a view to recipiants begining their schooling before the en of June.
President Bob Congdon anounced today that the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks has been successful in its 2010-11 application for a Foundation Future Visions District Grant of US$2,300. Bob expressed special appreciation for the donation of AU$6,000 from the 5 members of the Hindmarsh Club who have now been inducted into the Adelaide parks Club. The club is now in a position to fund two further scholarships making a total of six in two years.
Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks & Australia Awards Fellowships
The Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks has been successful in its application for funds to host Australia Awards Fellowships. Australia Awards Fellowships are an Australian Government initiative and are managed by DFAT. They are provided as part of Australia’s overseas aid program.
Australia Awards Fellowships offer Australian organisations such as the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks (RCAP) the opportunity to deepen and broaden links with leaders and professionals in developing countries by hosting Fellows from overseas partner organisations, in this case, the GIFT Foundation from Tamil Nadu, India. RCAP has previously funded scholarships for disadvantaged students to attend AGN School, founded by the GIFT Foundation in 1998-99.
RCAP and the GIFT Foundation schools developed this Fellowship proposal with an overall aim of strengthening the partnership and links between the Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks and the GIFT Foundation schools in Tamil Nadu, India. The activity aligns with, and supports Australia’s economic diplomacy and public diplomacy objectives by addressing current and emerging development and foreign affairs issues. The purpose of this project is to enhance the quality of teaching and learning in these schools and, through the schools’ graduates, positively contribute to sustained prosperity and social cohesion in the surrounding communities.
The Rotary Club of Adelaide Parks, as the Australian Hosting organisation, has arranged and funded three Fellows from the GIFT Foundation schools to experience a 3 week study tour of school education in Australia. The Fellows will visit schools throughout South Australia, undertake focused workshops and attend the Australian Council of Educational Leaders Conference in Sydney in September and October. On their return to their schools, the Fellows will undertake leadership activities associated with professional development of teaching colleagues in their schools.