Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Commuting to school by Van & Bus , an requirement fulfilled by VSSM.

Unnati Girls Hostel children going to school & Van
at the doorstep
VSSM’s Unnati  Girls Hostel : The 40 girls staying in Unnati Hostel are ferried to school in a private van. The distanceis not far but the city traffic is going bad to worse and it isn’t safe for small kids to walk that distance. Hence to address this issue we have arranged vans to help us ferry nomadic children to their schools.

Previously the students used to reach school by auto rickshaws or hired vehicles, as these arrangements were time consuming & to arrange more no of private wheelers at same time was challenging, these arrangements were also costly compared to the current arrangement. Now children commute by Vans, though they are private but the school timings are maintained. It costs Rs.300/- per child per month.

Vatsalya Hostel children going to school 
VSSM’s Vatsalya Hostel :  Managing the transport of 275 children of Vatsalaya Hostel to 5 different schools has been quite a challenge. The distance is more, the early morning traffic in the city near Naroda (north side of Ahmedabad) is worse due to factories & industries exist here. While it’s not safe for small children to walk that distance. Hence, to address this issue we have purchased a School Bus SML ISUZU 50+ Seater. The Purchase Cost of Bus is 14,51,000/-. It’s  being supplied on a very concessional price, below their ex-showroom price through one of our well-wisher Shri. Kiritbhai Shah. It gives immense pleasure to share with you that CIMS Hospital,Ahmedabad, has sponsored rupees 9 Lacs under Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR), for this generous cause. VSSM has contributed the balance amount of Rs. 5,51,000/-, for the purchase of bus.

We favoured the decision to buy our own school bus the reason being plying kids to/fro hostel and other multipurpose use including that of an education trip to enhance outlook of these nomadic children.
Our objectives behind buying school bus & the procedures our children & staff observe are as :

1. Prescribed information of children their respective school, individual timing to & fro are maintained by the bus driver & bus attendant.
2. Bus service is for N.V. Patel Vidyala, Nutan Vidyalaya, Satyam Vidyalaya, Anand Vidyalaya & Kanya Shala 1 & 2 No. Our children study in these five different schools, according to their standards.
3. Using the school vehicle is an opportunity for the pupils to cultivate good habits like patience, forbearance, tolerance, sympathy, team spirit, cooperation and consideration for others.
4. Children maintain order and discipline in the school bus.
5. Drivers and bus attendees are empowered to report complaints to the Hostel incharge for any action of the pupil which does not befit a cultures personality.
6. Children behaviour is monitored while waiting for the bus, entering the bus only in single line, special consideration is to be given to girls and small children.
7. No choral, shouting or throwing articles out of the bus is allowed. Making comments on the pupil outside, arguing with them etc., will invite stringent disciplinary action.
8. Maintenance of Bus is monitored by Bus driver & attendant. And Log book is maintained for the same.
9. If any child is late for school, bus doesn’t wait they have to adhere to other students timings. Such left out kids are sent separately by hostel in charge.
10. School timings are maintained & children return to hostel happily and in good spirits.

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