In rural India the girl child (Beti) is being deprived of many things and one of the most important things she is missing out on is Education. There are multiple factors responsible for this harsh truth of the Beti not being sent to schools in rural India. One of them is that where the government schools are far off, the parents are apprehensive about sending their young Beti to far located schools as it might subject the Beti to safety and security related danger. Apart from this, there is socio-cultural aspect in play also, which results in the male child in the house to get preferential favour for receiving the best of opportunities and facilities that the family can offer to their children. This brings us to the harsh truth that the Beti in most cases have to do the household work, take care of younger siblings, feed the cattle while the parents are in the field and hence the Beti is deprived of education in many cases.
To address this issue, SBI foundation has started 200 BETI PADAO KENDRAs (BPK) in association with IIMPACT, an NGO started by alumni of 1978 batch of IIM Ahmadabad. These Beti Padao Kendras are aimed at imparting basic education (upto class 5th) to girl children in remote rural areas where there are no formal schools. BPK is a tiny school in itself set up in the vicinity of the community and the school is run by the teacher recruited from the respective village itself. Looking at the girl child’s progress some of the mothers have also developed interest in resuming or starting their own education. These BPKs are opened in remote rural locations of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha and Uttarakhand.
To enhance enrolment, retention, attendance and simultaneously improve the nutrition levels among the children studying in Govt. and Govt. aided schools in India, SBIF is supporting the “Mid-day Meal Program for School Children” by helping Akshay Patra Foundation to procure 1250 insulated meals distribution vessels to be used for distributing hot tasty mid-day meals to schools.
To meet up the quality of serving mid-day meals, SBI Foundation has supported for procurement of insulated food distribution vessels, which can preserve heat for a long duration and thereby enable to serve hot food to school children. By supporting this capital expenditure for any of the kitchens run by Akshaya Patra, SBI Foundation will be pioneering in supporting the introduction of a state-of-the-art technology cooking system in mid-day meals program, which will be the first of its kind in the country. Additionally this technology will help Akshaya Patra make its operations more efficient by bringing in enhanced food safety, food quality and reduced cost of operations.
The locations of project execution are Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Nathdwara and Guwahati. The basic reason is to expand the reach of the food distribution proportional to the growing demand. Akshaya Patra runs their mechanized kitchen which will cater many schools in and around of the city.
SBI Foundation started 50 “Digital Class” in Govt. schools in Medak district of Telangana state, to provide digital technology to rural poor children studying in Government schools. The digital class consists of projector, which doubles up as a computer provides A/V converted curriculum.
Complex theories and concepts become easy to understand via video content. Digital classrooms will help and enable the students to learn better.
The majority section of population in India is deprived of quality educational facilities due to unavailability of good teachers and schools. The quality of educational facilities in Government schools is also poor. Hence, we feel that it is must for organizations like Bodh to run its own schools that stand out as an alternative to what is happening in the government schools and can support the mainstream system too by replicating its learning and knowledge. Bodh Shiksha Samiti enjoys good credibility among past sponsors and has been acknowledged by the government for their work.
Bodh Shiksha Samiti’s Bodhshala project is in alignment with the SBI Foundation’s Focus area of providing and promoting education to underprivileged section of the society in rural India. Through this project SBI Foundation can reach to the last mile beneficiary and address one major problem of quality education in remote areas and rural underprivileged section of the society. SBI Foundation has supported for 2 schools to run by Bodh Shiksha Samiti under the name Bodhshala for children studying in grades I to V. The proposed schools are located in Nagatalai and Gokulpuri slum area of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
To provide appropriate channel to build up children’s abilities, stimulate their creative thinking and build up their overall personality, SBIF has started the Khelwadi project in Mokhada, Maharashtra.
Special syllabus and different teaching techniques are two important aspects of Khelwadi. Special syllabus has been developed by understanding the needs of the students from this area and more focus was given on activity based learning. Along with these special sessions for arts and craft included in the syllabus, Children will get exposure to various activities which in turn lead to their overall personality development.
SBI Foundation has partnered with Parivartan Mahila Sanstha and supports them for running 20 Khelwadies in Mokhada block, Maharashtra. The project is benefitting nearly 680 children from rural regions of Mokhada block.
In the north eastern regions, the children quit schooling due to financial constraints and lack of information about avenues that education can open. Providing career guidance and counselling to 1200 school students in partnership with FUEL NGO. Project is designed to combat career interventions through personal counselling that addresses Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Interpersonal relationships, Sexuality, Adaptation to a tertiary setting, Alcohol and drugs, etc. Academic counselling is provided to deal with key career and academic issues that include: Job and Study skills, Time management, Test anxiety, Career skills to job mapping, higher educational institution identification etc.
To make education truly inclusive, it is imperative that equal access and opportunity be provided to all. To accede to the needs of the visually impaired children, SBIF is providing assistive technology infrastructure with the help of enabling computer learning solution to visually impaired students from 3 Blind Schools in Hyderabad district of Telangana state.
Program will help visually impaired students learn and operate computer, access knowledge online and offline, learn and use regular keyboard thus reducing dependence on brail keyboard.