Kerala’s Nadakkavu school for girls creates history by securing first place in TYE Kerala competition

‘Team GEM’ from Government Vocational Higher Secondary School for Girls, Nadakkavu presents award winning idea and wins first prize

Government Vocational Higher Secondary School (GVHSS) for Girls, Nadakkavu in Kozhikode, Kerala,supported by the Faizal & Shabana Foundation, thephilanthropic arm of KEF Holdings, has achieved a new milestone bywinning the first prize at a competition organised by TYE Kerala 2020.TYE (TiE YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS) is the largest not-for-profit global organisation devoted to entrepreneurs in all industries, at all stages, from incubation, throughout the entrepreneurial lifecycle.

Out of the 12 teamsthat qualified for the competition, only three teams were from government schools, and two of them were from GVHSS. The winning team, ‘Team GEM’presented a WorldClass app, where students from different schools anywhere in the world can log in and have discussions and share views, making the world a closer place for students. The second team, ‘Team Youva’ presented Vaastra, a fashion application for home-based designers and local boutiques where people can purchase or sell clothes at affordable rates. The team qualifies to participate in the Global TYE competition to be held in the USA in June 2020.

The 120-year-old school supported by Faizal & Shabana Foundation recently secured second position in India among all government day schools for all-round excellence

Faizal E. Kottikollon, Co-Founder of Faizal & Shabana Foundation, and Founder & Chairman of KEF Holdings said: “It is wonderful to see the girls at Nadakkavu go from strength to strength. We are amazed at how these students have leveraged the platform provided to them and made the most of it. We have always believed that by introducing sustainable programmes and positive interventions, we are providing building blocks for people and communities to be empowered and to build their own positive and happy future. I congratulate the winners and the supporting team for their optimism, hard-work and perseverance”.

“Today, more than 1,000 schools in Kerala and many more across India are emulating the ‘Nadakkavu’ model, which is sustainable and value-driven. We are honoured to have created this benchmark of excellence for education in India,” he added.

TYE Kerala, a not for profit organisation promoting entrepreneurship especially among the youth, had invited GVHSS Nadakkavu to be part of the programme. The selected students underwent trainings under the faculty including Mr. Jayadev and werementored by Mrs. Roshan John from the Faizal &Shabana Foundation, Mr. Roshan Kynady, Mr. Ajayan and Mr. Deepak for preparing their product, financials and making the presentations.

The Foundation also helped in organising young entrepreneurs Arjun and Akshay from Out of the Box, Akshay from Benchmark app, Sreekumar from Aurinko and Mithun from Mindmaps for guiding and mentoring the students preparing them ahead of the competition.

The 120-year-old schoolhas witnessedunprecedented transformation after the Foundation partnered in 2013 with the PRISM (Promoting Regional Schools to International Standards through Multiple Interventions) Project, conceptualised by the local Member of Legislative Assembly (MLA) A Pradeep Kumar. Since then, the schoolhas ranked consistently in the Top 10 ranking of Education World’s (EW)India School Ranking.

The Nadakkavu school, now a flagbearer of excellence in education in India forits focus on the holistic development of students, secured a total score of 1,061 in the most recent EW India School Rankings, and is ranked second among government schools in India.

Other interventions such as teacher training programmes, vocational training, school ambassador training, teacher and student inter-school learning and knowledge exchange programmes are held on a regular basis. Soon after the redevelopment, the school reported 100 per cent growth in enrollments and over 400 per cent improvement in results.

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