OSAAT Q1 2024 Newsletter

Dear friends and family of OSAAT,

We are excited to share the latest news from OSAAT(One School at a time), a non-profit organization that aims to build physical infrastructure and provide digital education to underprivileged rural schools in India. Here are some major updates and milestones of the first quarter of 2024.

We are thrilled to introduce the new President of our OSAAT, Smt. Anuradha Jagadeesh. She is an entrepreneur, experienced computer science professional, philanthropist, community builder with a passion for leveraging technology to promote greater good. On behalf of OSAAT, we like to welcome her and wish her the very best.

We are extremely grateful to Mr. Padmanabha Rao Melanahalli, who completed three years as the President of the organization. Prior to this he was part of the executive committee of OSAAT for seven years, where. He will continue to be on the OSAAT board and provide his guidance and support.

We extend our gratitude to Mr. Ravishankar B for his dedicated service as a board member over the past three years. We are pleased to announce that he will remain a valued volunteer within our organization.

School Projects – Dashboard

Projects of Q1, 2024 that are completed

  1. Govt Higher Primary School, Gudemaranahalli, KA: This school is 119 years old, and is known for its progressive approach. There is an active involvement of teachers, SDMC, villagers, and the students.
  2. Zilla Parishad Primary School, Kaudasar village, MH: This is a 75 year old school, and has an active involvement from the teachers. Through the generous donation received from the donors, the infrastructure was improved to a great extent.

Projects of Q1, 2024 that are in Progress

  1. Yeddoni, KA: This is a kannada medium school. Though there is a private school that is located 13km away, there is an active involvement from the teachers, SDMC, and the villagers.
  2. Thoranahalli, KA: Despite the older buildings, the school is well maintained and clean. The students here have an excellent academic and extracurricular record. The teaching staff are known to be highly proactive.
  3. Masthi, KA: The teachers  of this school have been using the ODiSI program for two years, earning good performance ratings. The teachers, villagers and SDMC are known to be highly supportive, and proactive.
  4. Chintamani, KA: Despite many nearby private schools, this is known to have a good admission enrollment of 543 students. Due to the strong involvement of the students and teachers, this school is known to have a positive word-of-mouth referral. This school maintains cleanliness and the students are known to be good at sports.

There are about twelve projects that are in progress currently. 

Updates on ODiSI®

OSAAT Digital School Infrastructure is a platform to enable the rural students with the digital infrastructure. At present, there are 9000+ students in 60+ schools that are being benefited by this.

In this quarter, content library integration and scaleup is in progress to help teachers with quality content to use in the class through ODiSI. In 2024-2025, OSAAT plans to roll it into many of the ODiSI schools. Even though many of our rural school students have challenges with reading skills, their adaptation of technology has been rapid.  Feedback from government officials who have reviewed the program in the districts of both Kolara and Mysuru indicates that the education community in general welcomes such technology interventions along with pedagogy development in use of technology. Participation rates are generally high at 90%+ and quite steady as well.   This can be seen through near real time data analytics captured.

In 2024, efforts are underway to expand ODiSI to more rural districts as well as collaboration through Karnataka’s social welfare department for residential schools under Karnataka Residential Educational Institutions society.

Special Recognition

Annual Grant-in-Aid 2024, Livermore Temple

OSAAT was selected as one of the recipients of the Grant-in-Aid award for 2024. The award function took place on 9th March 2024 at the Livermore Shiva-Vishnu Temple. On behalf of OSAAT, we would like to thank Livermore Temple for their generous support that they have extended to us for all these years. We extend our heartfelt gratitude to them for continuing to support us this year as well, by giving us a grant this time too.

PM Shri School

Recently, the schools that OSAAT has intervened in have got recognized by the Central Government of India for further improvement and awarded with the PM Shri fund. The PM Shri School is a centrally sponsored scheme initiated by the Government of India. Its objective is to establish over 14,500 PM SHRI Schools, overseen by the Central Government, State/UT Governments, local bodies, as well as Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan (KVS) and Navodaya Vidyalaya Samiti (NVS).