Panscheel school is set in a poor tribal area of Maharashtra, on the border of Madhya Pradesh. There are now 600 children, aged 5-18, boarding in this school, set up by Bajirao and Sheila Gawai( who are christian). The school has grown over the years, with a lot of support from the Indian government, ourselves, a donor in Germany, as well as Dr Noel Roy and was twinned with a primary school in Wooler. We flew to Nagpur airport and were welcomed warmly by Bajirao himself, with garlands, followed by a 4 our car journey up to the ‘jungle’ area of Madhya Pradesh. When we arrived at the school we received a wonderful royal welcome, with all the children lined up on the sides of the path into the school, bearing flowers and shaking our hands, as well as big smiles! We stayed in a very comfortable guest apartment, above the Gawai family residence. There were 3 guard dogs to protect us from animals and people, as well as protect the school premises! The next day we visited each classroom to observe what teaching was taking place and to talk to some of the children. Apart from the amazing discipline engendered, we saw how the children helped to clean the large premises, wash their own clothes, their plates after eating, tending to the garden, etc. The following evening, many of the children performed a cultural show for us, which was rehearsed with 1 teacher (and you-tube)! In addition to academic teaching, they also encourage sports and fun, as well as skill the children up for leaving school, eg with sewing and metalwork/carpentry. We visited the newer Felix school, a new English speaking day school in Paratwada 10 miles away. This was set up with loans, and grand sports facilities, supported by us and Dr Gemen from Germany. They were truly amazing facilities built to impressive international standards. The school excels in sports.T he Felix school should be self sustaining but have a knock on benefit to the talented tribal children. Panchsheel school has been so successful that some of the children have gained admission to engineering college and nursing, well above norms for such poor tribal children. Social mobility achievements that will impact whole communities. We met 3 of the ex-Panchsheel trainee nurses in Nagpur as we were returning, who were enjoying their training. Tribal students doing well enough in exams get free tuition at college, but still need to meet living costs. We felt very reassured, as we do every time we visit, that the money sent from the UK was being spent directly on the children. We are thrilled that Christians Aware are able to maintain the UK charitable status of this school, so that money donated is enhanced by government Gift Aid.
Dear Panchsheel Family friends, glad to share with you that our Board Result of 12th standard declared by government, and all our students of Panchsheel school are successful, our result is 100% of Science Faculty and 96% of Art Faculty. 9 tribal students scored more than 76% in each subject. This has become possible because of your concern and continued support, it’s big achievement for our tribal Community. Thank you.
Dear friends, very happy and proud to share with you that our Panchsheel Ashram Shala, Bahiram’s Girls Volleyball team won Final at State Level today, our team will be honored by Governor of Maharashtra.
We are happy to share that our four teams of Kho-kho and Valleyball, won the finals continuously at internal school level, then at district level and at Divisional Level, this is a great achievement and we congratulate as well as thank Gade sir and his co worker Ms. Kinake for leading the team at three levels.
We are also glad to report that now these four teams will play at State Level, this is an honour and big achievement for our project . We wish that they will also perform nicely at State Level. Congratulations to all the students who participated in a such great event.
We were fortunate to welcome our Visionary and Strength of Panchsheel Family, Dr. Stefan Gemen. He was with us for more than 10 days from 20th December, 2018 till 31st December, with Madam Inge and Amelie. It was a great joy for all of us to see them in our midst. It was a blessed time with our beloved extended Gemen family. During their visit we could inaugurate the Felix Sport Academy as well as Annual Function Day of our Felix School.
The visit was an Eye Opener for us that they gave us many suggestions to improve the quality of education as well as new developments of Panchsheel Ashram School and other activities, that our Mother Project should stand as a Pilot Project giving motivation to others.
Dr. Stefan Gemen also inspected the New School Building of Felix Convent School which is in progress and expressed his satisfaction.
He also shared with us that Mr. Ansgar Kuiter and Jurgen Schonhoff will help our project.
Another news was shared by Ms. Marion Gemen that Family Lutgeharm from Pattensen is going to help us due to the funeral of their mother, this was really a touching news for all of us that there are families who think of marginalized. We all here Salute to Family Lutgeharm.
We are happy to put kind words for our friend Mr. Paul who is always very helpful and add more news and photos at the site, we are deeply grateful to Paul.