SBI Foundation has partnered with Education Support Organisation (ESO) to further the common goal of providing quality education to slum children. Project Gyanshala has been implemented in the slums of Ahmedabad to support the education of 2150 slum children from standard 4th to 8th Grade and to provide employment to 100-120 women under this program. The Gyanshala Model has the potential to make a significant impact on education policy, as well as other schools for improving education quality therein. With the help of this project 2150 out-of-school/slum children would receive high quality middle school education, and would attain learning attainments comparable to India’s best CBSE schools, which shall be verified by an independent expert testing organization (Educational Initiatives (EI) - Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing (ASSET test).
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 a socio-cultural aspect in play also, which results in the male child in the house to get preferential favor 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 (up to 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 an 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 a 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 the 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 a 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 an 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. The special syllabus has been developed by understanding the needs of the students from this area and more focus was given to 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 northeastern regions, the children quit schooling due to financial constraints and lack of information about avenues that education can open. Providing career guidance and counseling to 1200 school students in partnership with FUEL NGO. The project is designed to combat career interventions through personal counseling that addresses Self-esteem, Depression, Anxiety and Stress, Interpersonal relationships, Sexuality, Adaptation to a tertiary setting, Alcohol, and drugs, etc. Academic counseling 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.
The program will help visually impaired students learn and operate a computer, access knowledge online and offline, learn and use regular keyboard thus reducing dependence on brail keyboard.
Project SBI Udaan concentrates upon mitigating dropout rates by providing indispensable requirements of quality education to 40 students in adjoining slums of Chetla area in Kolkata in West Bengal for three years. The project is implemented in association with Tamas Society. The project gives an opportunity to students living in slum communities to further their career by getting enrolled in this program and getting enormous exposure to an environment that keeps students engaged in various learning activities practically. This will enhance their skills, help them to explore their interest area and at the same time help the children to comprehend the importance of attending school and motivate them to continue with further education.
The focus area of this project is to promote education and to give the better living condition, to educate the children of the villagers, to make them self-reliant and to become good citizens. The location of this particular project is Amboth Tanda Village, Manchal Mandal, Telangana State.This project is implemented in association with Intercultural Cooperation Foundation (ICF INDIA) - covering the objective of quality education combined with moral, social and cultural aspects to make pupils useful citizen.
This project model is focused towards promoting sporting culture by building basic sports infrastructure at the Ashram Schools. The project is implemented in 20 Ashram Schools of Odisha and Maharashtra state.
Under this project, following objectives have been covered in association with the Sports Coaching Foundation- To nurture sports talent in the rural area, to help children strive for excellence in sports, to develop a sportsman attitude among students and to enhance the quality of sports facilities.
Through Shiksha Sahay, SBI Foundation aims to uplift the Scheduled Tribes living in the interiors like Amboth Tanda. Amboth Tanda is a small village in a backward rural area, some 60 km south-east of Hyderabad. The village has a very limited infrastructure. Most families in the village belong to the Lambada tribe; they are impoverished and have a very low status in the society. There were no schools in the area. Treading very carefully, our project workers were able to persuade parents that their children would benefit from receiving an education. At present, the total number of beneficiaries - 700 students with a staff strength of 44.
SBI Foundation in partnership with Peepul India has initiated “School Adoption Program” in New Delhi, to improve the standard of learning levels in Govt. schools and to provide the best curriculum for students with the high quality of teaching material and staff.