Mathru School was started with four children in Yelahanka,Bangalore,India in 2001 by Ms.G R Muktha.
It is a residential school for visually challenged children,entirely free.
It has modern facilities and dedicated,well trained teachers, and a set of volunteers for various activities.
It has computer instruction and also a Braille printing facility--digitally operated with a computer.
It also has a recording facility for lessons ,music classes and general games/play---both indoor and outdoor for children.
A small class in the early days
In the main,it caters to theneeds of poor children,mostly from rural areas, often neglected or abandoned by parents.Shelter,food and education have to be supported.....
The modern approach to teach them is to not only help them learn Braille and use Braille books,but many devices with computers, especially voice-interactive software,audio-files stored in computers,use of search engines and so on.
The education of the visually challenged always stresses music and play-acting as part of their curriciulum....
What we provide is a set of not only trained teachers,but those with sensitivity to the problems of visually challenged.
Mathru School is located in the bustling area of Yelahanka in Bangalore--a city teeming with activity and industries,especially Information Technology[IT] giants and software developers....THis provides us with enormous opportunity and avenues to explore and develop innovative training methods for visually challenged which can be replicated elsewhere...Mathru School is structured on this premise of utilising the Computer-based approaches to the fullest extent.
At the same time ,the school also concentrates on skills that are marketable in urban setting....such as screen printing
and knitting woolen dresses.
While most schools focus only on academic curriculum with strict adherence to school syllabus, Mathru endeavors to widen the exposure and experience of children in many ways.
The school provides regular instruction in music and arranges performances in the city too.
At present we have 14 teachers and nearly a dozen volunteers to teach and train the students.
We ihave added many facilities, including physio-therapy unit ,more crafts and skill development facilities and sports facilities including a small gym for growing kids. The children do yoga practice in the mornings,accompanied by soothing ,Indian music.
Sports activities are always given importance in daily routine for the children.
We need support for musical instruments and sports equipment.
Your support and feedback are always welcome.
Our school,Mathru School,has receved the Award as the Best School for the disabled in the State of Karnataka from the State Government on World Disabled Day celebrations....[Dec 3rd]
WE salute our teachers and the Principal Ms G R Muktha and other supporters for the dedicated,excellent work for the past 9 years in bringing up the school to achieve this recognition.
The new campus started functioning with the section for multi sensory children at Kogilu from 20th July 2011.
The hostel building for our visually challenged college students is shown here.
We have nearly 40 school children in this campus: multisensory deprived children and those with hearing impaired and mute. For the alter, sign language is taught from grade 1.
We have been visited by several interested students and researchers from abroad.
Steven Max-faults, a psychology undergraduate from Harvard University,USA, is spending three months with us to teach and to study our school system for the visually challenged.
Graduate students from Carnegie-mellon University has been regularly visiting for Braille Tutor project in summer months.
With the constructionofo new campus, Mathru School is now three schools in One.
Wehave added Mathru School for Deaf & Dumb and Mathru School for Multi-sensory disabled. We ahve 7 and 8 students in these tow schools, provided with modern facilities and special teachers.
The school for Deaf and Dumb has three class rooms to start with.
All the schools are free and residential. The three schools come under the same trust.
The new campus has it own ComputerLlearning Ccentre and Braille Library as part of the hotel.