TNF’s ABC education initiative was first piloted in Sivaganga district in 2011 with funds generated from the TNF National Convention held in Philadelphia in 2010. TNF USA Director Dr. Somalay Somasundaram and Chennai Executive Director Mrs. Manmathai Devi extensively toured the schools in Sivaganga district and with input from students, parents, teachers and district school officials developed the ABC concept.
The initial focus of the project was to enable grade level proficiency for underprivileged rural students who otherwise will become school dropouts. Based on the positive feedback on the pilot, ABC project’s scope was expanded to benefit all students, ranging from academically challenged to highly ambitious, in TNF adopted schools. As of 2017, ABC projects are operational in 50 government or government aided schools across 10 districts in Tamil Nadu and has enriched more than 50,000 students.
The 3 core components of the ABC initiative are: