Student in the Anantapur Educational Center

ANANTAPUR EDUCATIONAL CENTRE

The protagonists

Bachi

Tennis coach

"Everyone is equal here"

I am the tennis coach at the centre, and my aim is to use sporting practice to help with the personal development of the children from this rural area, who come from families with few resources.

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Soy el entrenador de tenis del centro, y mi objetivo es ayudar al desarrollo de los niños y niñas de esta zona rural, provenientes de familias con pocos recursos, a través de la práctica deportiva.

De forma totalmente gratuita, les ofrecemos la posibilidad de participar en el proyecto; hablamos con las familias y les animamos a que sus hijos vengan y lo prueben. Al principio, tenían cierto medio de venir, ya que no tenían conocimientos ni de inglés, ni de informática, ni de tenis. Pero ahora son ellos mismos quienes nos piden de venir. Saben que aquí aprenden y se lo pasan bien.

A través del tenis aprenden disciplina y se relacionan con todos los demás niños; sin importar la casta o si son niños o niñas. Aquí todos son iguales, y jugando a tenis desparece el sentimiento de vergüenza, miedo o inferioridad. Además, practicando deporte mejora su salud, y con un mayor bienestar pueden también estudiar mejor.

Soy feliz de poder formar parte de todo eso, contribuyendo al desarrollo de estos niños y niñas. Junto a ellos me siento como si volviera a ser yo también un niño de nuevo.

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Bachi, Tennis coach of the Anantapur Educational Centre

Muthyalapp and Sarojamma

Father and mother of a student

"Pavitra is now just another member of the group"

Pavitra, our 13-year old daughter, tells us that she is learning a lot here, from how to play tennis to IT and English. When she’s been at the Centre, she always arrives home happy. “I have fun there and they teach me many things, and I want to continue learning,” she says.

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Pavitra, our 13-year old daughter, tells us that she is learning a lot here, from how to play tennis to IT and English. When she’s been at the Centre, she always arrives home happy. “I have fun there and they teach me many things, and I want to continue learning,” she says.

When she started attending the project, everyone was surprised as Pavitra suffers from a mental disability, and all the difficulties that that entails, as well as social exclusion. But thanks to the project, the situation began to change completely. She now has a daily routine in which she can live well; she has improved significantly in her studies, and made a group of friends. Now she is just another one of the group of children.

This project is very important in the life of our daughter. Without it, we don’t know what we would have done, or where we could have gone to ensure that Pavitra has the support and special attention that she needs.

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Muthyalapp and Sarojamma, Father and mother of a student

Harasimhulu y LakshmideviHarasimhulu and Lakshmidevi

Father and mother of a student

"The change from before to after coming to the centre has been significant."

Our son is named Jayachandr and he’s 11 years old. Before, he was a very reserved child, but now he’s happier, more active, and eager to do things. On top of that, he’s doing better at his studies. The change from ‘before’ to ‘after’ coming to the centre has been significant. He also really likes playing tennis, it’s what he most enjoys.

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Our son is named Jayachandr and he’s 11 years old. Before, he was a very reserved child, but now he’s happier, more active, and eager to do things. On top of that, he’s doing better at his studies. The change from ‘before’ to ‘after’ coming to the centre has been significant. He also really likes playing tennis, it’s what he most enjoys.

Apart from helping him with his studies and that he’s nowadays more active, thanks to this project our son has had the opportunity to travel to cities such as Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad to play tennis. They are places that we have never been, and that he would also not have been able to visit without the project. We are very happy.

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Harasimhulu and Lakshmidevi, Father and mother of a student

J. Balati

Student at the centre

"The project is improving our neighbourhood"

I am from Anantapur and I come to the centre every morning. My favourite is the sporting part, whether it’s tennis or fitness activities. Besides enjoying it, I know that I am improving. I am quite good! I also like when we do trips and we get to know different places.

This project from the Rafa Nadal Foundation is improving our neighbourhood.

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J. Balati, Student at the centre

Janu

Student at the centre

"They teach me a lot and I enjoy it"

What I like most is to play tennis. I never thought that I could play this sport, but the coaches encouraged me to try and motivated me to continue. They teach me a lot and I enjoy it.

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What I like most is to play tennis. I never thought that I could play this sport, but the coaches encouraged me to try and motivated me to continue. They teach me a lot and I enjoy it.

Before I came here I didn’t know any English, not even to say ‘hello!’. Neither had I ever even touched a computer, but I’ve learned a lot about how they work and I can write very fast.

On the other hand, I was very shy to speak and to interact with people. Now I feel more confident and I have made many friends. On top that, I used to always have health problems, but now I feel much better!

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Janu, Student at the centre

Krishna

IT Teacher

"Everything that they learn here will be very useful to them in future"

A día de hoy, todos necesitamos unos conocimientos mínimos en torno a la informática y al manejo de ordenadores. En los colegios públicos no hay ordenadores, y aquí tienen la posibilidad de aprenderlo de forma gratuita. En cualquier otro lugar hacer clases de informática resulta muy caro.

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In life, we all need to have a certain minimum knowledge of information technology and how to use computers. In the public schools, there are no computers, and here the students can learn to use them free of charge. Anywhere else, IT classes would be very expensive.

We explain to the children that if they have this knowledge, they will have greater opportunities to find a better job. Everything that they learn here will be useful to them in the future. I prepare amusing exercises for them, so that they can learn in a fun way, through games. They really enjoy it.

Here the children come from different towns and areas. On top of that, there are students from different castes and from families with a variety of financial situations. We have managed to ensure that they all mix together, that they talk and interact in a natural and egalitarian way.

The most satisfying aspect is the fact that the children can participate in the project totally free of charge. And we don’t only offer them tennis, IT and English classes; we also provide clothes, shoes, school materials, a meal a day...all of this without cost for them! The Rafa Nadal Foundation helps the poorest children and young people of Anantapur. I’m very happy to be a part of this project!

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Krishna, IT Teacher

Lilly

Student

"I’ve made many friends here"

I wake up every day at 6am and I start at the school at 8.30am. When I finish in the afternoon, I come to the centre. What I like most is playing tennis. I enjoy it, and I play quite well. I also like to learn English and IT.

I’ve made many friends here. When we play a tennis match, even if I lose I am not sad, because I’m playing with my friends and I am happy for them.

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Lilly, Student

Sudhakar

English teacher

"Knowing English will give them greater opportunities in the future"

When they first join the project, the level of the children’s English is very low. At the start, we test them and depending on the results we plan the classes.

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When they first join the project, the level of the children’s English is very low. At the start, we test them and depending on the results we plan the classes.

We have seen that after coming to the centre and taking part in the classes for a while, their level of English improves considerably: they begin to communicate in the language, to learn what you are saying to them...our aim is for them to be able to use the language.

It is very important to have some knowledge of English. Furthermore, if they want to continue studying, they will need it. And obviously, it will help them to find a better job and to have more opportunities in the future.

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Sudhakar, English teacher

Sr. Francis Xavier Eli

Director of Cultural and Sports Sector RDT- Vicente Ferrer Foundation

"A unique opportunity"

The main objective of the program is to provide children from the most disadvantaged sectors of Anantapur district, with quality tennis training and academic subjects such as English and Computing. The practice of the sport and academics help to improve their self-esteem and identity in their family environment and in society.

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The main objective of the program is to provide children from the most disadvantaged sectors of Anantapur district, with quality tennis training and academic subjects such as English and Computing. The practice of the sport and academics help to improve their self-esteem and identity in their family environment and in society.

The program is aimed at children aged 6 to 14 who have an aptitude for tennis. Preference is given to children who come from poorer families, low-caste and tribal groups, who live at a distance between 3 and 10 km from Anantapur.

In India, tennis is considered a sport for sectors belonging to the upper class of the metropolitan cities. For this reason, the fact of providing access to this sport to disadvantaged children, under the supervision of qualified coaches and experienced coaches and volunteers from Spain, is a unique opportunity.

Currently English and Computing are vital areas for children development. Both subjects are important for their future and they are necessary tools to be in touch with different people both in India and abroad.

The fact of strengthen the sports education is very important for students to develop an integrated personality.

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The project allows students to develop an integrated personalityHE PROJECT ALLOWS STUDENTS TO DEVELOP AN INTEGRATED PERSONALITY

K. Vamsi Krishna

11 years old student

"I train and go to English and computer classes"

I’m from Anantapur and for the past eight months I’ve been attending the school and tennis coaching centre regularly, where I train and go to English and computer classes.

But because we don’t have a good transport system, I can’t go every day. The coaches and teachers are very good and always make sure that we eat healthily in the morning. I also take part in the league games on Sundays, and my skills are improving thanks to the coaches.

I hope I’ll be selected to participate in tournaments soon. I’m very grateful to have the chance to go to the school and tennis coaching centre in Anantapur.

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English class in the Anantapur Educational Center

Bhaskhara Charya

Tennis coach.

"We are very lucky to have this Tennis Centre"

Not everybody can allow themselves the luxury of playing tennis because is it very costly. But, thanks to the Rafa Nadal Foundation, we now have access to tennis for free at the Anantapur school and training centre.

I feel we are very fortunate to have this tennis centre. Generally, many people dream of becoming good tennis players and now some of them are in a situation to be able to attain their dreams. All the girls and boys and their parents are very happy to have this centre here. The boys and girls are also greatly improving their game. Recently, some of them obtained outstanding performances in the state tennis tournament.

One girl from our academy won first place. Personally I am very happy and proud to work in the Anantapur tennis training centre and from the bottom of my heart I thank the Rafa Nadal Foundation and the Vicente Ferrer Foundation for giving me the opportunity to work here.

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