KOZHIKODE: The Government Vocational HSS for Girls in Nadakkavu here is ranked among the top three government schools in the country. Having successfully implemented various infrastructure facilities for the welfare of students under the Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Interventions (PRISM) programme, the Faizal and Shabana Foundation - which spearheaded the campaign to uplift the school through a unique public private partnership model - is taking the lead in running an online crowdfunding platform for expanding the school facilities.
This is the first time a government school is opting for the online platform to achieve academic excellence and offer the best infrastructure to its students. The proposal for PRISM was developed with the help of the Social Service Group (SSG) of IIM Kozhikode.
Faizal E Kottikollon, chairman of KEF Holdings, told ‘Express’ the crowdfunding platform has been successful with people from varied verticals supporting the cause. In 2013, the UAE-based Faizal and Shabana Foundation had upgraded the school with a Rs 15-crore investment. To construct classrooms, toilets, science labs, indoor gymnasium, atrium, dining hall, synthetic turf stadium and landscaping, the foundation used cost-efficient precast construction method.
Over 132,000 sq ft was built in Phase I and completed in 95 days. The foundation decided to support the government school in Kozhikode after an IIMK gap analysis on the government schools in Kerala identified a number of challengesl, including a lack of proper infrastructure.
The analysis found the absence of basic facilities, like toilets in girls’ schools, also contributed to the decline in attendance and the poor academic performance by students.