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 2 kindergarten classes plus the five classes for Standards 1 to 5.
With increased numbers the disadvantages of a single large space subdivided into classrooms soon became apparent, particularly the noisy environment which resulted, and BTS made the decision to build a purpose designed school on the land adjacent to the Francois Meyer Training Centre.
Our Pongal Promises appeal in 2015 enabled that building to start with many generous supporters promising and contributing funds.
This building has now reached the first floor stage and has the size and potential to become a beacon of academic excellence. The building has been designed to expand eventually into a higher secondary school for which BTS is currently seeking government permission.