SBI Foundation started project ‘Udaan’ with a view to reduce the dropout rates in surrounding slums of Chetla area in Kolkata, West Bengal. Under this project, we have focused on developing successful and intensive school-to-career services for current dropouts (i.e. 44 students), so that they have a chance to complete high school and expand the state’s capacity to implement proven dropout prevention strategies by creating multiple avenues for comprehensive technical assistance and professional development opportunities which in turn provides the desired exposure to students and generates an interest in them to attend school regularly.
Through this project, we have also focused on increasing the participation of parents through workshops, elucidating them the importance of sending their children to schools and regularly involving them in the decision-making process.
Project Udaan has been implemented in association with Tamas Society (NGO), to facilitate various learning activities at the learning centre that involves reading, writing, painting, sports activities, etc. The learning centre runs pre and post-school hours where children come and a local tutor addresses these children and regularly attends to them. This tuition centre is not only working towards completing the school syllabus but also keeps them involved in extra co-curricular activities.
SBI Foundation started 200 Beti Padhao Kendras (BPK) in rural locations of Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, Odisha, and Uttarakhand. These Beti Padao Kendras are aimed at imparting basic education (up to 5th grade) to girl children in remote areas where there are no formal schools.
BPK is a small centre for education which is run by the teachers recruited from the respective village itself. Due to the impact of this initiative, some of the mothers have also developed an interest in resuming or starting their educational career. Target beneficiaries are girls from rural areas between the age group of 6 to 14.
SBI Foundation has successfully initiated this project to support 200 ‘Beti Padhao Kendras’ in 6 districts in 5 states in partnership with IIMPACT to educate girls who have never been to school or are out of school. It aims to provide very low-cost high impact learning opportunities to poor girls in rural India.
Project Gyanshala is being implemented in the slums of Ahmedabad to support the education of 2150 slum children from 4th to 8th grade and to provide employment to 100-120 women. The Gyanshala model has the potential to make a significant impact on education policy, as well as other schools for improving education quality therein. SBI Foundation has partnered with Education Support Organisation (ESO) to further the common goal of providing quality education to slum children and with the help of this project, 2150 out-of-school/slum children will receive high quality middle school education, and would achieve learning attainment comparable to India’s best CBSE schools, which shall be verified by an independent expert testing organisation – Educational Initiatives (EI) – Assessment of Scholastic Skills through Educational Testing (ASSET Test).
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. SBI Foundation focuses on providing and promoting education to underprivileged sections 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 among the vulnerable groups. SBI Foundation has provided support for 2 schools to be run by Bodh Shiksha Samiti under the name Bodhshala for children studying in grades from I to V. These schools are located in Nagatalai and Gokulpuri, slum areas of Jaipur, Rajasthan.
Through Shiksha Sahaya, 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 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 education. At present, the total number of beneficiaries are 700 students with a staff strength of 44. Implementation partner: Inter cultural cooperation Foundation.
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.
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 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. The 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, SBI Foundation 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.