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Why Evening School?

Children living in the slum areas of Tiruvannamalai and the surrounding villages have little hope of being educated and breaking the poverty cycle. In such situations, schools are inadequate and most children go home to parents who are uneducated and unmotivated to support their children’s education.


To provide children with a place to go after school to complete their homework, receive extra help from qualified teachers, and motivation to stay in school and reach their maximum potential.


There are 9 evening schools located in the villages of Paliyapattu, Devanandal, VOC Nagar, Adhisheshan Nagar, Pudhur, Adaiyur, Chinna Paliyapattu, Iyyampalayam, and Athiyandal.


So far all students involved in the Evening Schools have stayed in school through standard 12 and some have started University. The Evening Schools have already succeeded in building the confidence of students to achieve and be productive citizens. Parents of children attending the Evening Schools have reported that their children are not only doing better in school but are also more courteous and respectful at home.


Regenboog’s simple yet highly effective solution to helping children living in slum areas and villages has been the development of six evening schools that now provide encouragement and educational support to over 300 children. The children meet Monday through Saturday after school from 17:30 to 20:00 in locations that are easily accessible. They are divided into age groups and each group has their own teacher who asks them about their day, whether they are having any problems understanding the lessons that were taught at school that day, and whether they have homework.

Most of the children’s parents work as daily labourers and don’t spend much time with their kids. So when teachers ask them these questions, they feel happy, appreciated, and motivated. After checking in with the children, the teachers help the children complete their homework and understand their lessons.

Equally important as their schoolwork, children are taught to care for others, to be responsible citizens, and to believe in themselves and in their ability to create positive futures. Also, the children are given opportunities to learn crafts and to expose their skills to the outside world by performing special events at their evening schools for the public.