What we do

At Deepam, we work on four pillars to help children unlock opportunities to better themselves with: Computer-skills & Technology, English language skills, Personality development and General Awareness.

Teaching

At Deepam, we aim to light the spark in the child's mind, and hope to make them curious for life. In our approach, we work on four pillars or channels: Computer-skills & Technology, English language skills, Personality development and General Awareness.

Computers and Technology

With computer-skills we hope to make children "comfortable" with computers and help them develop a "systems" way of thinking while using technology. The emphasis is not so much on the any specific syntax as it is on how to help oneself and learn things on the fly - to be able to do what one wants to do on the computer.

Topics range from the parts of a computer to how the CPU works and the means to access, process and present information on the computer (including Powerpoint presentations).

The English Language

In the 21st century, English is the language that has come to spell opportunity and success. Hence, English-skills constitute an important channel in our curriculum.

Moreover, it is imperative that children are confident (if not proficient) in English so as to leverage the power of the internet and other technology.

Children are encouraged to perceive the openness and versatility that the English language offers. We are happy that several students who school in Tamil-medium schools have lost their apprehension of English after just a few classes with us.

At Deepam, we also introduce them to the recreational side of the language through stories, games, comic strips and skits. Thus, spoken English and reading comprehension are the key areas that we work on. Personality Development

Children are introduced to the success stories and qualities of great personalities. Biographies are presented to them through presentations, photographs or even videos. We lay emphasis on the qualities that make such people immortal. We have found that children are extremely excited when personalities like Michael Jackson are discussed. Recent presentations have been on inspirational subjects like Barack Obama.

General Awareness

In General Awareness, topics of everyday importance are explained through pictures, videos and presentations. These topics range from the working of the human brain (with the doctors amongst us to pitch in!) to how the elections are organized and contemporary yet crucial issues like global warming.

Deepam Centres

Deepam operates out of the following centres every week. Feel free to participate in any of these centres. Contact the relevant centre co-ordinator for more information.

Olcott Memorial High School

Location: Opposite to Rajaji Bhavan
Timings: Saturdays, 9:30 am - 1:00 pm.
Centre Lead: Gopalakrishnan Jagannathan, (97900 90943, gopalbme.psgtech@gmail.com)

Sri Venkata Nivasam Primary School

Location: Thambiah Road, Near West Mambalam Railway Station
Timings: Saturdays, 9:25 am - 12:00 pm
Centre Lead: Anand Lakshmikanthan (90436 53359, anand1489@gmail.com) and Praveen Kumar (99405 35236, kumar_rvscas@rediffmail.com )

Venkata Ramana School (VRS)

Location: Dr Ranga Road, (opposite to Kirtilal Jewelers on CP Ramaswamy Road), Alwarpet
Timings: Saturdays, 10:30 am - 12:30 pm
Centre Lead: Rohit Narasimhan (98845 70876, rohitnarasimhan1989@gmail.com)

Vizhuthumangalam Primary School (KBM)

Location: Railway Border Road, Rangarajapuram, Kodambakkam
Timings: Saturdays, 9:30 am - 11:30 pm
Centre Lead: Prasanna Krishnamoorthy (96000 16691, prasannakrishnamoorthy@gmail.com)

Dr. PV Rao High School

Location: Sundaram Road, RA Puram (Opposite Rishta Varuna Apartment, Near Greenways Road)
Timings: Saturdays, 3pm - 5pm
Centre Lead: Rajalakshmi Sadagopan (80567 55225, rajalakshmi2406@gmail.com)

MCN Primary School

Location: MCN Primary School (opposite Karnataka Sangha School), Habibulla Road, Darmapuram, T Nagar, Chennai - 600017
Timings: Saturdays, 10:30am - 12:30pm
Centre Lead: Devi Nachiappan (9952075966, devi.deb@gmail.com)

Our Projects

Deepam Stars

A scholarship program aimed at identifying highflyers who are in need of continued support for money and resources. Deserving kids will be shortlisted and supported with

  1. Mentorship - Volunteer who stays in contact with a kid and help guide ideas and interest of kids for excellence in different fields
  2. Scholarship - Provide monetary support in terms of Tuition fees / Other support and resources required in their education
Deepam Nalanda Library Project

Objective: To inculcate the habit of reading in children and to use "book reading" tool as a medium to impart English knowledge to kids and help them read, write and appreciate books.

This project is jointly administered by Deepam and the Nalanda Trust and is a classic example of how joining forces with other NGOs have been successful. While Nalanda is in charge of financial support, Deepam is the operational/administrative arm.

Currently, there are close to 300 books and board games in the library. The programme is headed by Vasanthi Srinivasan (+91 98407 72497) and Mr. R Rajagopalan @ RR Sir (+91 94453 43732)