HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION
Even as India advances both in the economic and education sector, it seems to have lost its values somewhere along the way. Sadly, value-based education is not incorporated into our Country’s education system. This insight was the driving force that compelled Dr George Samuel to establish Value Education Trust (VET) in the year 1992. Dr George Samuel is a Nuclear Scientist by profession who started his career as a Scientific Officer at Bhaba Atomic Research Centre in Mumbai and later served as a Consultant at the World Health Organization (WHO)
Since 1992, VET has been involved in imparting value-based education to teachers, students, and parents in Kerala and other parts of the Country. We have imparted value-based education to about 60,000 teachers. Over 10,000 students and 5000 parents have also benefited from the training sessions.
In 1999 Mrs Anne Elizabeth Samuel, a Software Engineer by profession, was inducted as the Director of VET. Under her leadership, VET continued its mission of impacting students, teachers and parents through value-based education classes.
However, things took a radical change with the outpour of heavy rain accompanied by overflows and landslides in August 2018. It was the worst flood that Kerala had seen in almost 100 years. The hills came crumbling down as debris and people got swept away by gushing streams and dams brimming with water. Most of the towns and villages were filled with displaced people seeking refuge at relief camps. Yet, 2018 was an epic year for Kerala’s people, with the flood bringing out the best in them. Unprecedented as the flood were the selfless acts of people on display.
We consider ourselves fortunate to have played a small part during the massive relief operations in Kerala. As we distributed food and clothing, the joy we saw in the eyes of those affected was a very humbling experience. We felt genuinely proud to work alongside people across religion, caste and creed and encourage each other for more good work.
Primary learning we received while passing through the ordeal is that, while classroom training has its place, there is an urgent need to equip children, our future leaders, with necessary skills to provide for their own needs and become change agents where-ever they are placed.
The challenge before us was to re-think the way community development has been done over the years and come up with innovative initiates that can transform the community we serve, especially the children.
- Only a little over one-third of all children who enroll in grade 1 reach grade 8 in India.
- Despite being a country with a mathematics heritage stretching back to Aryabhata and Ramanujan, the mathematical skills of 230 million children in primary and secondary education are in steep decline.
- Access to education beyond higher secondary schooling is a mere 10% in the university-age population in India. Just 2% of the rural population is educated beyond the higher secondary level.