Akshar Trust New: Go Back


One of the Trust's long-range plans is to extend our work to rural areas where the need is even more acute. This would include identification of hearing impairment, fitting of low-cost hearing aids, and the training of mothers with hearing impaired children.


Gujarat State Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd. has extended financial support for providing transportation facility from Vadodara to Sherkhi to 50 hearing impaired students for 10 months.

Donor Opportunities

There are several opportunities for individuals and corporates interested in supporting us. While we work hard at fund raising, money is always short and the needs keep increasing. Donations have largely supported the activities since its inception. Assistance in kind, such as books, CDs, VCDs, information material for children and teachers are always welcome. Since more than 80 % of our students come from economically weak families, several opportunities exist to help such children and the Centre. Some of these are:
Ms. Kristine Landon- Smith and Mr. Felix Cross from Britain began Workshops with Akshar students, June 18, 2018 which concluded on June 28, 2018.
Ms.Landon-Smith worked on skill development activities like attention, concentration and observation through games. Kristine Landon-Smith has been a Director, and Co-founder, of Tamasha Theatre Company, Britain's leading Asian theatre company,” whose vivid and distinctive performance style has been applauded by critics and audiences alike”.

Mr.Cross worked on ‘Listening Skills’ through music & rhythm at Akshar. Felix Cross was the artistic director of the theatre company, Nitro, in the U.K for almost 20 years. He got an MBE in 2012 for services to musical theatre.

Mission Statement
 
The endeavour of Akshar Trust is to enable the individual with hearing impairment to have a useful, happy and fulfilling life.
Children with hearing impairment deserve a sound academic environment which will prove to be their opportunity, perhaps their only opportunity, for a life of self-reliance and dignity.

Akshar Trust, Baroda, was established in 1988 to:
a. Provide education and care to hearing impaired children and guidance to their families.
b. Conduct research, investigation and experiments in education of hearing impaired children.
c. Train teachers of the hearing impaired.



Overview
Statistics in the field of disability in India have always been problematic. The percentage varies from 2.21% of the census of 2011 to 10% of UN estimates. Some estimates refer to nearly 4 crore people with disability in India. 26,500 hearing impaired children are born every year in India. Less than 35% are enrolled in schools. The question pertaining to Disability was pushed up from Question 15 to Question 9 in the census of 2011 but further training of enumerators is necessary for authentic information.

Experience of the past 28 years has shown Akshar that given the correct pedagogy, technology and opportunity, a child with deafness can and does perform as well as the next child without deafness. This is the belief that drives our work.

The inauguration ceremony for the new school campus is scheduled for Friday, April 29th, 2016 by the Chief Guest Dr. J. N. Singh, Additional Chief Secretary, Finance Department, Government of Gujarat.


અક્ષરઅક્ષર ટ્રસ્ટ ૨૮ વર્ષથી શ્રવણમંદ બાળકોના શૈક્ષણિક ક્ષેત્રમાં કાર્યરત એવી બિન નફાકારક, સ્વૈચ્છિક અને ધર્મ નિરપેક્ષ સંસ્થા છે. અક્ષર ટ્રસ્ટની સ્થાપના ૧૯૮૮માં ૫ બાળકો સાથે થઇ હતી. આજે સંસ્થામાં ૧૩૦ શ્રવણમંદ બાળકો અભ્યાસ કરે છે.
અત્યાર સુધીમાં 100 વિદ્યાર્થીઓએ ધોરણ ૧૦ અને ધોરણ ૧૨નો અભ્યાસ પૂર્ણ કરેલ છે. કેટલાક વિદ્યાર્થીઓએ M.S. University, Gujarat University અને S.P. University માંથી કોમર્સ, આર્ટસ અને ફેમીલી સ્ટડીઝમાં સ્નાતક થયેલ છે. આ ઉપરાંત 3 વિદ્યાર્થીઓએ M.Com કરેલ છે. હાલમાં ૧ વિદ્યાર્થી M.S. University માં બેચલર ઓફ આર્કિટેકચરમાં અભ્યાસ કરે છે. શાળાના ભૂતપૂર્વ વિદ્યાર્થીઓમાંથી ૨ વિદ્યાર્થીઓ બેંકમાં અને 4 વિદ્યાર્થીઓ Paul Mason Consulting માં કાર્યરત છે.
વર્તમાનમાં શાળાનું પોતાનું બિલ્ડીંગ તૈયાર થઇ ગયું છે. આ બિલ્ડીંગ એક આગવું ‘ગ્રીન બિલ્ડીંગ’ છે. જેનું ઉદઘાટન ૨૯ ફેબ્રુઅરી ૨૦૧૬ના રોજ ડૉ. જે. એન. સિંગ, એડીશનલ ચીફ સેક્રેટરી, ફાઈનાન્સ ડીપાર્ટમેન્ટ, ગુજરાત સરકારના હસ્તે કરવામાં આવ્યું.

મુખ્ય વિશેષતાઓ:

  1. કોઈ પણ શ્રવણમંદ બાળકને શાળામાં પ્રવેશથી વંચિત રહેતું નથી.
  2. દરેક સામાજિક અને આર્થિક પરિસ્થિતિવાળા વિદ્યાર્થીઓ પ્રવેશ મેળવી શકે છે.
  3. બધિરતાની સાથે સાથે બીજી વધારાની વિકલાંગતા ધરાવતા બાળકોને પણ પ્રવેશ મળે છે.
  4. મોટી ઉમરના બાળકોને પણ પ્રવેશ મળે છે.
  5. આખા વર્ષ દરમિયાન પ્રવેશ મળે છે.
  6. શ્રવણયંત્રો નિ: શુલ્ક આપવામાં આવે છે.
  7. ગુજરાતી અને હિન્દી બંને માધ્યમમાં શિક્ષણ આપવામાં આવે છે.
  8. ૮૦% વિદ્યાર્થીઓ પાસે પ્રોગ્રામેબલ શ્રવણ યંત્રો છે. તેની કાળજી રાખવા માટે ચેક લીસ્ટ રાખવામાં આવે છે. સોફ્ટવેર અને અન્ય ઉપકરણ(સ્પીચ ટ્રેનર)ના માધ્યમથી વાણી પ્રશિક્ષણ આપવામાં આવે છે.
વર્ગોમાં લુપ ઇન્ડકશન સીસ્ટમ લગાવેલ છે.
 

અક્ષર ટ્રસ્ટની મુખ્ય ૩ ધારાઓ છે.

 

1. અર્લી ઇન્ટરવેન્શન પ્રોગ્રામ

ગુજરાતમાં નાની વયના શ્રવણમંદ બાળકો માટેનો અર્લી ઇન્ટરવેન્શન પ્રોગ્રામ  સર્વ પ્રથમ અક્ષર ટ્રસ્ટ દ્વારા શરુ કરવામાં આવ્યો હતો. અહી વિવિધ ગતિવિધિયો દ્વારા જન્મ થી 3 વર્ષની વયના શ્રવણમંદ બાળકોના સર્વાંગીણ વિકાસ માટે કાર્ય કરવામાં આવે છે. નાની વયે જ શ્રવણમંદ બાળકનો વિકાસ કરવા માટે તેમના અભિભાવકને યોગ્ય માર્ગદર્શન અને પ્રશિક્ષણ પ્રદાન કરવામાં આવે છે.

2. સ્પેશિયલ સ્કૂલ

સ્પેશિયલ સ્કૂલમાં પ્રી સ્કૂલ થી ધોરણ ૧૨ સુધીના ગુજરાતી અને હિન્દી માધ્યમના નિયમિત વર્ગો ચલાવાય છે.  અહી વિશેષ પ્રશિક્ષિત શિક્ષકો દ્વારા ગુજરાત બોર્ડના અભ્યાસક્રમમાં આવશ્યકતાનુસાર અનુકુલન કરી શિક્ષણ પ્રદાન કરવામાં આવે છે. અહી શ્રવણમંદ બાળકોને એવી રીતે તૈયાર કરે છે કે બાળકો મોટા થયા પછી પુખ્ત ઉમરે સમાજમાં અન્ય લોકો સાથે પ્રત્યાયન કરી શકે અને સારી રીતે પોતાનું જીવન યાપન કરી શકે. આ માટે શાળામાં વાણી, વાણી વાંચન, અને લેખન ઉપર ભાર મુકવામાં આવે છે. બાળક પોતાની બચેલી શ્રવણ ક્ષમતાનો ઉપયોગ કરી શકે તે માટે તેણે શ્રવણ યંત્રના ઉપયોગ દ્વારા સાંભળવાની તાલીમ આપવામાં આવે છે. અત્યાર સુધી ૫૫ શ્રવણમંદ બાળકોને સામાન્ય શાળામાં સંકલિત કરાયા છે.

3. શિક્ષક તાલીમ કાર્યક્રમઅક્ષર ટ્રસ્ટ ખાતે ૧૯૯૯થી શ્રવણમંદ બાળકોના શિક્ષકો તૈયાર કરવા માટે ભારતીય પુનર્વાસ પરિષદ, ભારત સરકાર દ્વારા માન્ય વિવિધ પ્રશિક્ષણ કાર્યક્રમ ચલાવવામાં આવે છે. જેમકે ડીપ્લોમા ઇન સ્પેશિયલ એજ્યુકેશન (હિયરીંગ ઇમ્પેરમેન્ટ), બી. એડ. ઇન સ્પેશિયલ એજ્યુકેશન (હિયરીંગ ઇમ્પેરમેન્ટ) (બાબા સાહેબ આંબેડકર ઓપન યુનિવર્સીટી, અમદાવાદ). આ પ્રશિક્ષણ કાર્યક્રમો અંતર્ગત અત્યાર સુધીમાં ગુજરાત, રાજસ્થાન, મધ્યપ્રદેશ, ઉત્તર પ્રદેશ અને પંજાબ એમ વિવિધ રાજ્યોમાંથી ૨૫૦ વિશેષ શિક્ષકોને પ્રશિક્ષિત કરવામાં આવ્યા છે. જેઓ હાલમાં સમાજમાં પોતાની સેવા આપી ગૌરવપૂર્ણ જીવન જીવી રહ્યા છે.

Akshar Centre for Hearing Impaired ChildrenAkshar Trust, Vadodara, Gujarat, has been working as a charitable trust for hearing impaired children for 28 years. Akshar began in 1988 with 5 children and at the moment there are 135 students.

In March 2016, 12 students are appearing for Std. X & or XII of the Gujarat State Education Board (GSEB) which brings to 102 the number of students who have completed Std. X & or XII.

Many students have graduated from M. S. University, Gujarat University and Sardar Patel University in areas of Commerce, Arts and Family Studies. 4 have completed M.Com. Some students have joined ITI courses and many are gainfully employed with 3 pursuing further studies along with their jobs. Dhara Panchamiya, a M.Com graduate and Shrenik Shah, a B.Com graduate have been employed by DCB Bank as Clearing Executives. Ruchit Shitole is working in Paul Mason Consulting, Software Company, as a Test Analyst and Pratik Shah, latest and 4th entrant at Paul Mason Consulting, is a Test Trainee. Manushi Gandhi, having worked as an intern at architects, Karan Grover & Associates, has got admission into M. S. University for Bachelor of Architecture.

Manisha Sindkar got 53 % in M.Com and was working with ONGC as an Accountant while Kanaka Bhatt finished her M.Com with 58 % and worked with an export house. Presently she is married and has 2 children.

The school is recognized by the State Government. The Rehabilitation Council of India has given ‘Permanent Recognition’ to the Teacher Training conducted by us and recently Akshar Trust was given Accredited Status by the Rehabilitation Council for ‘Very Good Performance’ in 2009. Akshar Trust has also received an ‘Award for Excellence 2011 for Social Welfare by Individual, NGO or Institution’ from the Federation of Gujarat Industries on September 10, 2012. Akshar Trust has also been provisionally empanelled with the National CSR Hub of the Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Akshar Trust has been accredited by Credibility Alliance in February, 2016. Akshar Trust has just been given the True Impact Awards of Jury Recognition, 2016 in the NGO Category by the District CSR Cell of Vadodara under the Chairperson of Mrs. Avantika Singh, IAS, District Collector, Vadodara.

Oil & Natural Gas Corporation Ltd. (ONGC), Vadodara has donated a 39 seater school bus on ONGC Day August 14, 2014. Koch-Glitsch, Vadodara has donated one 50+1-seater bus on January, 2016. State Bank of India has donated one 40+1-seater bus on March, 2016.

Through donations, 146 students have been fitted with effective hearing aids. Software for Speech is also available. Akshar Centre is the only school for the hearing impaired in Gujarat which is Adapting Textbooks. There is no other school for the hearing impaired in Gujarat which offers Hindi.

The Early Intervention programme is the oldest in Gujarat and through the Mainstreaming programme nearly 57 children have been integrated. An Early Intervention and Detec tion Project (2013-14) funded by United Way of Baroda started on February 17, 2014. This has been initiated to interact with hospitals and ensure that children are identified earlier.

For 20 years a bus has been running at a 75% subsidized cost. A hot mid-day meal started 21 years ago.

Salient Features
  • No deaf child is refused admission
  • Students come from all socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Children with problems additional to deafness are also admitted.
  • 100% of the students are subsidized. Not even one student pays the required fees.
  • Older deaf children are admitted.
  • Admissions are open through the year.
  • Akshar is the only 1 of 2 Centers, for the deaf in Gujarat, which is preparing students for Std. 12 Gujarat State board exams.
Till date 49 deaf students have completed Std. X & 21 have completed XII Gujarat State board exams.

  • The bus is subsidized.
  • Free hearing aids, ancillaries for underprivileged students 
  • Mode of Communication - Total Communication for the past 18 yrs
  • Amplification - programmable H.A.s for 80% students, Check Lists for maintenance, Speech Software, Speech Trainers, Loop Induction Systems

Educational Features
  • Adapted Curriculum
  • Adapted Text
  • Curriculum Planning - week - wise before academic year begins.
  • Lesson Planning -a week ahead-checked, discussed, changed
  • Material Development - art teacher illustrates.
  • Report Card Day - Twice a year - individual meetings - all related teachers with parents.
  • Preparatory Classes for students having no parental support
  • Visiting specialized teachers - Std. 10 and 12 for Accounts, Business Studies, Economics, Statistics etc
  • Linking of Teacher Training and Special School
  • Senior and experienced teachers guide, direct and share ideas with  newer entrants
  • Lectures held for in-service teachers.
  • Professional growth is encouraged - 9 have done B.Ed / 3 their B.A. while at  Centre

Services
  • An Early Intervention Programme
  • Pre-school
  • Classes from 1-12
  • Mainstreaming
  • Adaptation of textbooks (Re-writing)
  • Working with Amplification Devices
  • Two Mediums, Gujarati and Hindi
  • Teacher Training Programme
  • Special Training in Art and Karate
  • Speech Therapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Auditory Training
  • Free Audiograms and Hearing aid accessories
  • Individual counselling of parents and deaf students
  • Psychological tests
  • Library
  • Conferences and In Service Training for Teachers
  • Develop Speech and Communication Skills
  • Develop Language Skills

Akshar Trust runs
  • Akshar Centre for Hearing Impaired Children 
  • Teacher Training Programme D.Ed.SE (HI)
  • Teacher Training B.Ed. (SEDE)

New School Building

The District Administration has given Akshar Trust a 10,000 sq mt plot at Sherkhi village.

The new building is a unique ‘Green’ building, designed in an honorary capacity by Karan Grover & Associates, Vadodara.
It has used mud-compacted bricks which were made at site and has a thatch roof.







One of the Trust's long-range plans is to extend our work to rural areas where the need is even more acute. This would include identification of hearing impairment, fitting of low-cost hearing aids, and the training of mothers with hearing impaired children.
 
Gujarat State Fertilizer & Chemicals Ltd. has extended financial support for providing transportation facility from Vadodara to Sherkhi to 50 hearing impaired students for 10 months.

Donor Opportunities

There are several opportunities for individuals and corporates interested in supporting us. While we work hard at fund raising, money is always short and the needs keep increasing. Donations have largely supported the activities since its inception. Assistance in kind, such as books, CDs, VCDs, information material for children and teachers are always welcome. Since more than 80 % of our students come from economically weak families, several opportunities exist to help such children and the Centre. Some of these are:

Sr. No.

Expenses at New Building

Total
(in lacs)

1

Polycarbonate Solid Clear Embossed Sheet

18.60

2

Landscape at Playground Level
(12912 sq. ft. x Rs. 25.00)

03.23

3

Brick Jali& Parapet around Courtyard

02.75

4

Volley Ball Court

02.26

 

Total

26.84

     

Sr. No.

Ongoing Expenses

Amount
(in lacs)

1 A Hot Mid-Day Meal (Per Year) 10.00
2 Education of a Student for 1 Year 00. 42
3 Annual Maintenance of Computer Laboratory 00.15
4 Adopt the Bus Programme (Per Month)
Adopt the Bus Programme (Per Year)

01.00
12.00




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Details for Money Transfer (FCRA)
  • Name- Akshar Trust
  • FCRA Registration No. U/S. 6 (1) of the income tax act (1961) act 041960087
  • Name of the Bank- ICICI Bank
  • Bank Address- Landmark, Alkapuri, Vadodara - 390 007, RTGS/NEFT IFSC Code – ICIC0000003, Gujarat, India
  • Bank A/c No. - 000301043569 (FCRA)
  • Swift code- ICICINBB003

Details for Money Transfer
  • Name- Akshar Trust
  • Name of the Bank- ICICI Bank
  • Bank Address – Landmark Building, Race-Course Circle, Vadodara - 390 007, Gujarat, India
  • Bank A/c No. - 000301039011
  • Account Type - Saving
  • IFSC Code No. - ICIC0000003

Akshar Trust is a non-profit, voluntary and secular organization.
  • Registered as a charitable Trust under the Bombay Public Trust Act 1950 Under Sub-Section, No. E/4063/Vadodara dated 29-03-1989.
  • Registered U/S 52 of the Persons with Disabilities Act 1995 with Gujarat Government, Director of Social Defence.
  • All donations are 50% exempted U/S 80G (V) of the Income Tax Act 1961 vide order No. BRD/I.T – III/Tech/104/18/A dated 21-11-2007 permanently.
  • FCRA No. 041960087 dated 06-06-2003 (For Foreign Contribution).
  • Registered U/S 12 (A) (a) of the Income Tax act 1961, Dated: 13/04/1989. No. BRD/SIB/110-8-A/88-89.
     
  • AKSHAR TRUST has been Accredited by Credibility Alliance

Akshar Trust New:

Akshar Trust provides education and care to hearing impaired children and guidance to their families. It also trains teachers of the hearing impaired.


  • Office Address
    11th Floor, Kirti Towers, Next to Kirti Mandir, Tilak Road Vadodara - 390 001 (Gujarat) India
  • Centre Address
    Akshar Centre for Hearing Impaired Children Near Nandanvan Farm Sherkhi Gam Ta. & Dist. Vadodara 391 330 (Gujarat) India
  • School Phone No
    +91-8460058117
  • Phone No. (Office)
    +91-265-2427522
  • Email
    akshartrust@gmail.com
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