Teachers are reservoirs from which, through the process of education, students draw the elixir of life.
-Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba
Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba launched the SSSVV program on 23rd November, 2010 to meet the growing need for holistic education for all. This project harnesses technology to replicate on a national scale, the success of the model of integral education followed at the Sai schools and university in and around Prasanthi Nilayam, which combine values-based education with academic excellence. It aims to create a generation of well-qualified young men and women, with a burning desire to serve the motherland, a strong sense of responsible citizenship, integrity, and empathy for their brethren, apart from a spiritual outlook. The guiding principle of SSSVV is to make human values infused secular information available free to teachers and their pupils. Leveraging technology for remote access, the program calls upon the altruistic attitude of enthusiastic volunteers with education, training and technology backgrounds to achieve the dream of Integral Education for All, Integral Education by All
Mr. Balaji Mani, a Chartered Accountant by profession, has been a part of the dynamic SSSVV Maharashtra Team since 2011. He is the School Relationship Coordinator (SRC) and has played a very active role in the launch of SSSVV in many schools across Maharashtra. He proactively engages with the schools and has developed a very good rapport with the school management and staff. Recently, he has been instrumental in setting up Digital Labs for 2 Schools in Maharashtra ( Pune and Sangli) with the support of RBS Bank. He continues to inspire us with his dedication.
Ms. Kritika S., an alumna of SSSIHL Anantapur Campus, is the Science is Fun (SIF) Lead for Mumbai. She has done her M.Sc. in food Technology and is currently working as a Laboratory Apprentice with Mondelez Intl. She has been a mentor to the SIF Team Mumbai and is instrumental in planning, coordinating and executing 26 SIF sessions in two schools in the academic year 2019-20. A total of 146 students have benefitted from SIF activities which make learning Science very engaging, enriching and enjoyable. She has also played a key role in launching Mission English(ME)- Phone Your Friend(PYF) in Mumbai and has also conducted ME classroom sessions. Her enthusiasm, efforts and meticulousness is exemplary!
Ms. Uma Mehta, a retired Banker, is a Phone Your Friend (PYF) volunteer based out of Mumbai and has been volunteering since October 2018. She is an Economics graduate from Mumbai University. As an outstanding trainer, she has helped the teacher assigned to her complete the Basic Level of the PYF Programme and also guided the teacher to confidently anchor the Independence Day Function in English at her school. Currently, she is training another teacher in Nagpur, Maharashtra. She is also an active member in Sri Sathya Sai Seva Organisation and a Sai Vibrionics practitioner. Ms. Uma's dedication, commitment and passion is indeed commendable!
Ms. Vidya Swaminathan is an Engineering graduate turned Special Educator based in Chennai. She has been associated with SSSVV since 2012, playing important roles in SSSVV TN, notably in content creation for Social Studies - mentoring ABC authors and as a language reviewer and also facilitating SSSVV training in TN Sai schools. Currently, she is working on mapping Social Studies content for TNSSE board. The enthusiasm she brings with her is contagious and laudable.