Wings to Fly Synopsis
- Project initiated and conducted by Rotary Club of Madras East Trust since 2015
- In association with The Greater Chennai Corporation and its Education Department
- Supported by Foundation for Vocational Excellence ( that runs Winners Bakery), several Rotarians and other individuals/ organisations
- This year’s Knowledge Partner – The Indus Entrepreneurs- TiE, Chennai Chapter
- Beneficiaries this year: Students of Classes 8,9 and 11 of 70 Chennai High and Higher sec schools
- 8 winners after 4 rounds and they are taken to Dubai this year
About the Project
Rotary Club of Madras East, in collaboration with the Greater Chennai Corporation, has been conducting a program for students of 70 Corporation schools, for the last 7 years and this year is the 8th edition of Project Wings to Fly. Every year a new topic is chosen but it’s all based on the common theme that ‘it is a big wide world, full of opportunities, which can be explored for a fulfilling future, by the school students.’
To achieve this, the Rotary Club of Madras East, over the past 8 years, has been holding competitions for these children starting with topic such as “Art of Public speaking” to last year’s topic on “Environmental consciousness” and taking the 8 winners from this competition to destinations abroad- Germany, Singapore, Malaysia, NASA in USA and UK last year, which widens their scope of knowledge and awareness.
The competition starts with around 8000 students at the school level and students are selected from each round through an assessment and after semi-finals, the top 8 winners emerge.
About Current Year
The 8th edition of Wings to Fly this year, is about Entrepreneurial skills – a topic that’s unique, creates awareness, seeds a thought and kindles them to think out of the box. Work shop was conducted for 3 full days for 478 students who were selected after the first round of an online test for 8000 students at the school level.
A curriculum based workshop was conducted to help create awareness about the world of entrepreneurs. Business leaders were invited to give inspiring speeches giving the students a wholesome understanding about entrepreneurship. RCME has a proud partner in TiE, Chennai (The Indus Entrepreneurs, Chennai Chapter), who are experts in the field. They brought in the resource person to conduct the workshop, the speakers from the industry and coordinated with us at RCME to create a curriculum that will appeal to the target beneficiaries in the given time.
From the workshop, 64 were selected for semi-finals which also had a one on one interview session for students with panellists and 32 students were selected for the Finals. They were trained in the use of the Business Canvas and this was the base for the interviews.
The 32 finalists were divided into 8 teams so they could brainstorm, ideate and present their idea as a business plan to a panel of 7 Judges. As preparation for the finals, TiE Chennai brought in mentors as volunteers, to guide the students on their business ideas and to help them understand and structure their idea well.
The 8 winners will be taken to Dubai this year in May 2023. Previously students have been taken to places like NASA in USA, Singapore, and Malaysia etc. and last year they were taken to London.
We thank the Mayor, the Commissioner and the Education department of GCC to enable this project and help us give this wonderful opportunity to the Chennai Schools students.
Take a peek into the project in this short video
RCME’S STRENGTH ON BIG PROJECTS – ITS VOLUNTEERS
While we thank all those who have chipped in when they visited the project on the many days, we would like to specially mention those who totally owned up to their responsibility however small or big and made a difference.
THE AWESOME EXECUTION OF THE PROJECT BELONGS TO ALL OF YOU
Rtn Sai Siva Kumar – Director Youth Services
Rtn Divya Siddharth- Vice Chairman W2F
Rtn V A Ramash – Mentor
Rtn Balaraman J – TiE/Speaker/Mentor/Judges coordination
Rtn Magesh Pattabi – Social Media
P E Ramakrishnan – Chairman- Winners Bakery
Ann Sudha Raghuraman – Food and Beverages
Ann Durga Narayanan – Students Registration and coordination
Rtn Manoj Babu – Venue coordination
Rtn Poonam Gaglani – Assessments
Rtn Jay Jaidev
First Lady Gayathri Ramakumar
Ann Madhuri Saisivakumar
Ann Madhuri Venu
Ann Bhargavi Sreedhar Reddy
Ann Minal Singh
Ann Deepa Nachiappan
Ann Devi Manian
Ann Divya Suresh
Ann Faridha Firoz
Ann Suman Srinivasan
Ann Renu Hiranand
Ann Yamini Rajendiran
Ann Latha Parameswaran
Annette Meghna Reddy
Annette Vishal babu
Annette Kaavya Rajendiran
Rtn Archana Ramakumar
Rtn Balaji Srinivasan
Rtn M Srinivasan
Rtn Raghu Ramakrishnan
Rtn Anitha Tiruvengadam
Rtn Ravi Venkatramani
We thank our Partners
GREATER CHENNAI CORPORATION KNOWLEDGE PARTNER
AND THE MANY ROTARIANS WHO HAVE SPONSORED THROUGH MONEY AND KIND SO FAR ON THIS PROJECT.
You can also access the previous years’ project details and all years’ photos here:
Rtn Radhika Sathyanarayana