Our organization Smt. Dayakunvar and Shri Tapulal B. Mehta Rotary Midtown Playhouse and Nursery (“Manjul”) provides quality English medium education to children from families with a financial need. Committed full time teachers deploy modern methods to develop learning skills in pre-school children. The education is provided free of cost and no fees are charged. Manjul aims to stimulate the natural intellectual curiosity of pre-school children in an educational environment hitherto available only in very high cost private schools. Currently children from poor families have no access to pre-school education from age 3 to 5 as municipal schools admit students directly to Class 1.
In its first academic year 2014-15, Manjul has enrolled 40 children which has now grown to 150. Its first batch of students who finished their third year at Manjul obtained admission to some of the best schools in the city like Sunshine, Raj Kumar College, Bhushan School and SNK School where their education will continue to be free of cost.
As one of the leading trusts in Rajkot which nurtures the educational needs of the lower strata of the society, philanthropic support from Tapulal Bhagwanji Mehta Trust and Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown Charitable Trust has helped to start this playhouse and nursery.
The inauguration ceremony of MANJUL Playhouse and Nursery was held on 08-July-2014, and the project was made possible by philanthropic support of Ms. Manjulaben Mehta (The chief donor of MANJUL Playhouse and Nursery) and Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown Charitable Trust. Mr. Vikram Sanghani is the visualizer and initiator of the project and gives his valuable time to ensure the success of this project. Ms. Malini Shah, MBA gold medalist, and past Vice Principal of S N Kansagra school, is the Principal at Manjul.
Ankush, a 3 year old boy, has no idea what a father figure is. His life revolves around his mother. The father is an alcoholic and the only reason he comes home is when he is in need of money. Sangeeta, mother of Ankush, is a quiet lady, who has learned how to survive from the various experiences in her life. She started doing household work, leaving the kids behind, in order to feed the family. With very little money to cover their basic needs, education of the children was a dream which she dare not even think of. She called in at Manjul and now Ankush is a happy child, learning new things every day.
Hetal is the younger of two children of a mother, who is not only poor, but also deaf and dumb.
Because of her condition, she does not get work anywhere and is forced to beg at a temple.
With limited income, she can hardly get to feed her children.
The father is a drunkard who does not work to support the family. The total income comes from begging which hardly meets the bread and butter needs. Giving her children proper education is something which Hetal’s mother cannot even think of. Also, the mother is unable to communicate her feelings in words and hence, there is a clear demarcation seen in the mental prowess of the child. Hetal has always lacked something which we have had in our childhood, a permanent teacher in the form of a mother. Unable to speak, Hetal’s mother cannot be the educator to the child. And of course, being underprivileged, she would not have alternative means to provide the right education.
After Hetal started coming to MANJUL, one can see a visible difference in her attitude and how she now expresses herself. When she had joined, when she wanted to say something she would just point out and use gestures, though she is able to talk. Now, she uses words to frame sentences and expresses her feelings!!!
Kinnari is such a sweet child, always smiling. She comes from a family which has seen many ups and downs. The father is jobless almost by choice and mother has a younger child to take care of. With no clear income source, there was no way Kinnari would get the education which she deserves. MANJUL admitted her and she has blossomed from a very quiet girl to a bright young student.
The child of a rickshaw driver, Dhrumil was an insecure kid, who would refuse to let his mother go. It took time to win his confidence and make sure that he sits without his mother initially. There was no financial support from anyone in the extended family and the parents were concerned about the future of the child. There was no way they could afford an education for Dhrumil. Now, he not only sits in the classroom, but is also an active participant.
A shy kid by nature, it was very difficult for us to take him from one place to another. He would just look at us blankly. Today, he not only follows instructions, but can also communicate clearly. Though he still retains a part of his shy nature, we can see a lot of difference in him.
Young children flourish when they are provided with the right atmosphere for the learning process. Engaging them in activities which would assist in the overall development of the child would provide them with a sense of purpose. Starting from basic mannerism to educational activities, the children at Manjul are trained to face all the challenges in life.
Manjul aims at providing the best quality education in English medium to the underprivileged for their overall development. Ensuring that the children participate in all the activities which enhance their overall grown, they are provided with milestones which would help them learn and grow.
Interactive modules are followed in order to ensure that each child gets equal opportunity to grow. The teaching is made lively and interesting using innovative methods. The learning not only ensures cognitive development of the child, but also paves the path for their overall growth. Interactive methods and the nest use of modern technology gives each child an opportunity to bring out their hidden talent.
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Manjul is a preschool which is born out of a passion to give primary education to the under privileged children; to reach out to that strata of the society which would otherwise remain deprived of primary education. Here is a brief introduction of the dream team behind the success of Manjul.
(IT Entrepreneur - Manjul Visualizer And Initiator)
Mr. Vikram Sanghani is Jt Managing Director of Ace Software Exports Ltd, listed on the Mumbai Stock Exchange. He is an MBA from the Bajaj institute of Mumbai, and is associated with several philanthropic activities. He serves on the advisory board of several academic institutions, and is an active member of the Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown. He is the visualizer and initiator of Manjul, and actively leads the organization in its administration. Vikram's dream is to have Manjul's children study in some of the best colleges someday - St. Stephen's, Johns Hopkins, UCL, Upenn, to name a few.
Ms. Malini Shah is a gold medal awardee MBA from Saurashtra University, and later served for a duration of seven years as the Vice Principal at the prestigious SNK School in Rakot. She works full time at Manjul, and is responsible for the entire operations including curriculum development, recruiting, and education delivery.
(Philanthropist and Member of The Managing Committee)
Ms. Manjula Mehta is a philanthropist and is the Managing Trustee of Shri Tapulal B. Mehta Charitable Trust founded in memory of her father. She supports several charitable projects in Rajkot including higher education scholarships for 120+ brilliant students, a senior living home, among other activities. She provides a substantial portion of the capital and running expenditure at Manjul.
(Senior and leading obstetrician and gynaecologist and Managing Trustee, Rotary Midtown Charitable Trust)
Dr. Niranjanbhai Parikh is a senior and leading obstetrician and gynaecologist of Rajkot. He is a founder member of Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown. He served as the President of Rotary Club of Rajkot Midtown in the year 2000-01 and created a unique record of achieving 21 matching grants from Rotary Foundation for various service projects. His yeoman contribution to the success of significant 3-H projects like Earthquake Rehabilitation townships and Lapasari Dam are inspirational. He has been the managing trustee of the Rotary Midtown Charitable Trust from the inception.
Saurashtra High School Campus,
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