In 2010 Joe was determined that children from the two BTS children’s villages near Tirumangalam who could benefit from an English medium education should be given the choice of attending an English medium school.
He had realised early on that children who came from poor rural communities have much better opportunities in a school like this than those attending a local government school where classes are very large and teaching often of poor quality.
With the support of Thierry and Beatrice Meyer, who had already donated funds in memory of their son Francois, the new school was opened in 2011 in the premises of the Francois Meyer Training Centre.
Numbers have grown rapidly as parents of local children who can afford the minimum fees required by Government – about £50 per annum – have also asked for admission.
The school now has 270 children in 3 kindergarten classes plus the 5 classes for Standards 1 to 5 and the school is about to move into new purpose built premises next to the Training Centre.
Boys Town Society has been able to build this magnificent Matriculation school with the aid of local funding and many generous donations from India and abroad. It has 14 classrooms arranged around an open courtyard and has been designed to eventually develop into a higher secondary school.
The new school buildings were officially opened during the Pongal celebrations in January 2017 and it has the potential to become a beacon of academic excellence for the area.