This was not necessarily expected due to the Corona epidemic: IT specialist Reinhold Klaas of Gechingen, who heads the “Wissen creates the future” project for Indian children, is excited to develop the initiative so far, and the German will do so as it can be used in the future labor market.
Gechingen – Claes worked for Mercedes-Benz Research and Development India Private Limited, MBRDI for short, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler AG. With a R&D center in Bangalore in 1996, the company opened the largest center of its kind outside Germany. Gechinger worked effectively for three years in Bangalore, the country’s IT capital, and helped set up a software development division for Daimler. Kallas was not only professionally involved in the country, but also had close relations with his wife Margaret in the Society of “India Christian Children’s Principal Mission of Nethanja Narsapur”. The couple from Geching have already organized several cultural trips and visits to India, the next one is scheduled to be in November.
A charming and contradictory country
The association looks after and funds five locations in India, spread over an area the size of Baden-Württemberg: twelve children’s homes, three secondary schools, the school supported by Claes and colleagues, an electrical and mechanical training center, as well as a home for the disabled and a hospital. The association is also committed to training nurses. He has been active in India with his Indian partners since the 1970s. “In this wonderful and disparate country, the Nthanga Church works with the two primary concerns of helping the poorest of the poor and preaching the good news of Jesus Christ,” the association summarizes its goals. “Nethanja” means “God-given” in German.
a lot of illiterate
Economically and technically, the country of over a billion people is still on the fast track, but many people are illiterate and countless Indians are forced to live on one dollar a day. During his time there, Klass got acquainted with the Indian education system. In his experience, school education and teacher qualifications are at a very low level. Boys and girls hardly have any opportunities after the tenth grade. Klass is also well versed in the processes in the IT industry there. His accumulated knowledge has finally given him the idea of helping the poorest children and orphans. The “Knowledge Creates the Future” project was born in partnership with the Nathanya Narsapur Children’s Christian Mission as sponsor of the Schools Project. For this purpose, the company based in Geching found a project partner who immediately liked the project: Werner Dürr of IPO.Plan GmbH, Leonberg. The company offers plant planning software and solutions.
Job opportunities abroad
Gifted children are given the opportunity to study in India or abroad. Talent among the children of Nethanja is encouraged and challenged. By improving school education in a meaningful way, children can be given an opportunity to train as IT experts. As such, of course, the chances of getting work abroad also increase, for example in Germany, which can counteract the shortage of skilled workers in this country.
“Our project got off to a very successful start,” Klass says in an interview with our editors. It started at the end of 2018, one year later, the school building was completed in Narsapur, Andhra Pradesh. It was paid for in full, including the administration building. “In the beginning, a maximum of 60 students should be accepted, and in the end it was 140 students for the first semester of 10 students.” Meanwhile, grades 11 and 12 have been prepared, and there are now 540 students in these two grades. “It was great that the students could celebrate their departure in the summer of 2021,” an above-average number of them received a scholarship. In the federal state of Andhra Pradesh, which has a population of 50 million, a total of 100 scholarships have been awarded, twelve of which are for talented young people from the project of the “Prime Christian Mission of the Children of Nathanya Narsapur in India” project. This makes Kallas and his comrades proud and happy. His conclusion: The first two of the project’s three phases are off to a very good start.
It is learned day and night
The kids at school are very excited and learn day and night. The term elite has a different meaning in India than in Germany. “In India, anyone who has had a chance, like learning, feels part of the elite,” Klass says.
Of course the project only took off so well thanks to the (regular) donations that the need in India is huge.” With 30 euros a month, the child can be given school and housing, and a very good teacher can be hired with a monthly salary of about 500 euros, according to Claes. To sponsor the projects, Gechinger managed From gaining partners from the region and through her professional contacts from Frankfurt am Main: “Of course, a stable income helps us a lot.” Corona ended in India about half a year ago – “normality is returning to normal.”
Participants in the upcoming cultural trip and visit led by the Klass couple from November 2-20 will discover that India is a wonderful and contradictory country. 16 people can participate. More information and registration: mail: email@example.com, phone: 07056/38 37, 0176/78 90 48 57 or at https://tour-mit-schanz.de/gruppen/klass_indien_2022.
Information: The three phases of the project
Phase 1 (Support in Grades 6-10): Increasing the quality of education in all schools; improve teacher qualification; Improving teaching in schools, in particular to enhance scientifically/technically talented students; Additional lessons in IT technologies as well as English and German school are open to the poorest children, who today do not have any opportunity for education; Motivational workshops where computer enthusiasts can learn the basics of IT
Stage 2 (College of Information Technology and Abitur Class 11-12/13, Computer Science Specialized in Information Technology/Politech/Diploma): The best/most suitable students have the opportunity to enter homeschool after class 10. There they receive more specific support and attend a private college of computer technology until they graduate from high school. For example, German companies send double students to provide specialized training support. At the same time, they receive solid support in family structures formed by Christian values, as well as intercultural training and intensive German language education; First hands-on experience and programming activities.
Phase 3 (Training in Germany, three years, not part of “Wissen creates the future” and not under the responsibility of “Nethanja Narsapur Children’s Home Christian Mission India”): Studies at DHBW (Dualen Hochschule Baden-Württemberg) in the technical field Computer Science Access to University in India or around the world. Also in Germany, students will then be nurtured in a study house and accompanied culturally in family-like structures. The support provided by the BW Department of Economic Affairs is being examined.