School on Wheels started in 2006 as one of the first such programs in Tamilnadu India, with a school bus travelling through villages in rural areas. In the last 5 years, the School on Wheels program has impacted more than 250,000 children and has grown both in terms of scale and offering.
The program was founded in 1994 by the Sivasuriyan.P,as a Managing Director of Social Public Education and Economic Development Trust is called Shortly as SPEED TRUST an education-focused non-profit organization based in Tamilnadu, India. Its founders, P.Sivasuriyan and Smt. G.Tamilarasi, were both Social Worker in full time for the disabled persons and students with special needs at that time. Since then, they have established several educational institutions and community-based projects for school drop-outs also and below poverty students and Orphans of all with the objective of substantially improving school attendance and learning outcomes.
At $10 per child per year, the School on Wheels program:
- Trains and supports teachers and principals in rural schools to implement a system of holistic education in their school and bring joy back into teaching and learning to differently abled students with the age group of 2 to 18 years.
- Recognizes the contributions of outstanding teachers through annual awards.
- Provides scholarships to girls and loans to boys for with differently abled persons to the higher education.
- Strengthens school infrastructure and drinking water facility and Toiletries etc.
- Organizes a variety of activities including sports, computer learning, theater, English proficiency, science fairs, educational trips, reading workshops and environmental projects that enhance learning.
- Organizes monthly and annual health camps for students.
- Conducts year-round due diligence in classrooms.
- Reaches 8 schools across 53 villages in 3 districts of Tamilnadu.
- 65 teachers are trained annually for special Education for child with special needs.that is differently abled students.
- Achieved a near 100% student retention rate – drop-out rate of students has reduced from 40% to 21%.
- Established 6 permanent libraries in schools.
- Awarded scholarships to 25 girls and granted subsidized loans to 14 boys.
- Provided educational material and uniforms to 1,000 students.
- Examined 6,300 students at youth health camps. Serious cases followed through.