“Knowledge is power and applied knowledge is even more powerful”
1. Providing technology-based learning solutions to underprivileged children through setting up of Computer Centers in schools
As part of our initiatives, we have engaged with Help Educate a Child (HEAC), a registered non-profit trust based out of Bengaluru, Karnataka, for setting up Solar Powered Computer Centers in 2 Schools located at Thokere & Pudur villages of Male Mahadeshwara Hills (‘MM Hills’), where there is no power supply, including providing for Solar Back-Up Facilities, Desktops, Projectors, Tables, Chairs, Tripods with screens, Educational CD’s and other incidental equipment, installations, etc.
The Centers would help in supplementing teaching and dissemination of quality education to economically underprivileged children. It not only enables the much-sought power at the School but also enables computer and other technical education which these underprivileged children may not have access to otherwise.
2. Providing notebooks to underprivileged school children
Apart from providing technology based solution we, through HEAC, have also provided notebooks and other stationary requirements for 25 Schools & 19 Anganwadis, i.e. a total of around 2000 underprivileged children in remote areas in and around MM Hills for the academic year 2020-21. The provision of notebooks would motivate the parents and enable them to send their children to school.
3. Providing enhanced parental & community engagement to improve learning outcomes
IndiaMART has started an initiative of improving learning of children in three municipal schools under the South Delhi Municipal Corporation during the academic year 2020-21, through the interventions of SAAJHA, which is a non-profit organization working towards enabling greater parental and community participation in Government schools.
As a part of this initiative SAAJHA will design and deliver the interventions focusing on parents (intermediate beneficiary) of children studying in these schools. These interventions would be designed to eventually benefit around 1,200 children studying in the three Government schools and their parents, enabling them to learn better.
4. Vidyagama Program
Government of Karnataka had recently launched a program called “Vidyagama”, a continuous learning plan, wherein the teachers and teacher aids would go to villages and teach children in small groups of max 20 children in community halls and other open areas including religious places or under the shade of big trees. This has been mainly planned with the intention of teaching the children who were unable to attend the school due to spread of the COVID-19.
We through our NGO partner HEAC have participated in the Vidyagama project wherein we have supported teachers and teacher aids to go to the villages to teach the children there instead of children coming to school.
5. Enhancement of Parental Involvement in Government Schools of Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC)
Saajha, our NGO partner, recognized the importance of parental involvement in education in the development of students and schools. Given today’s reliance on learning at home in the light of COVID-19, parents have assumed a new role as educators and facilitators of education. Though schools and administration have been taking many initiatives of ensuring accessibility of education to every child, the need of parents and schools coming closer to ensure that every child is getting an education is being felt more now than ever.
Saajha has partnered with Bhiwandi Nizampur City Municipal Corporation (BNCMC) to undertake interventions in 32 Marathi medium municipal schools of the BNCMC with a clear focus on strengthening School Management Committees (SMCs) which are mandatory bodies comprising elected parents, teachers and community members. The interventions will focus on capacity building of SMCs and on resolving issues raised by them, with a motive to improve the quality of education, infrastructure, governance, and learning outcomes in government schools. The strengthening of SMCs leads to better schools for children through increased expenditure in schools by the SMCs, and faster resolution of grievances.