Mindtree Foundation To Foster Holistic Education Through ‘Samruddhi Abhiyan’ Program
Mindtree Foundation in partnership with the Karnataka State Education Department and Sikshana Foundation has initiated the ‘Samruddhi Abhiyan 2017-18’ program today. This initiative is set to be implemented in the Kanakapura Taluk with an objective to provide access to a clean environment, quality education, physical well-being, and mediums to express creativity. To strengthen this initiative further, the Karnataka State Education Department has extended its support to foster a holistic growth environment for around 16000 students in the Taluk.
This joint initiative was launched through a live stream from Department of State Educational Research and Training (DSERT) to more than 161 schools, from the primary to higher secondary level. The inaugural event focused on discussing the various engagements under the program, and the schools were encouraged to partner for creating a larger impact.
The ‘Samruddhi Abhiyan’ program, designed to align with the Honorable Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Swacch Bharat Abhiyan, aims to create a deep positive impact for the thousands of school going children in the Taluk while primarily focusing on four key objectives which include:
- Empowering children with the right knowledge and avenues to create a cleaner, more sustainable environment for themselves
- Promoting physical well-being and a spirit of collaboration through popularizing sports and athletics
- Sikshana’s Prerana initiative to aid and improve the quality of education being currently imparted
- Bolstering creativity by promoting arts and culture amongst students
The program will exclusively be driven by the individual school committees comprising of HM, teachers, student clubs and the SDMC. The participating schools will later be awarded based on points scored through their execution. The winners will be recognized in annual award ceremony and the winners of each category will be presented with infrastructure or educational aids based on the school’s requirement. The first phase of this initiative is expected to be fully implemented by the 2nd of October.
Mindtree Foundation in collaboration with NGO partners have carried out various initiatives from the first standard to MBBS education in the Kanakapura Taluk. Some of these include career guidance counselling for students, events around Sports & Culture, providing technology access to schools amongst many others.
“The nation’s growth lies in its children’s holistic education, and a majority of them study in our country’s villages. We want to ensure that these children have access to an environment which caters to their overall well-being”, said Abraham Moses, General Manager, Mindtree Foundation.
“Our teams have learnt a lot through continual engagements with schools operating at various levels. And together with our longtime partner Mindtree we want to create a taluk level developmental model which can be replicated across various regions”, said Prasanna Vadayar, CEO, Sikshana Foundation.
“We have provided good infrastructure to the schools in the taluk and now with this initiative all the schools will compete to keep their environment clean thereby ensuring clean facilities for all the children.” said Mr. Yethi Kumar. H.S, Block Education Officer, Kanakapura Taluk.
Sikshana Foundation started with 1 school in 2002, and has since scaled up to support nearly 6,700 schools and over 5.5 Lakh students in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Andhra Pradesh in 2017.
Sikshana Foundation was listed as a top 3 organization in the education sector by the ‘Times of India Social Impact Awards 2011’, for “widespread and tangible impact in the field of public school education”. Sikshana was also featured as a cover story of ‘Outlook Business’ in Aug 2012. The Government of Karnataka also recognizing the domain expertise of the Sikshana management team regularly invites them to various policy making committees. Visit www.sikshana.org to learn more
The Department of State Educational Research and Training, popularly known as DSERT is the academic wing of the Department of Public Instruction. It aims at providing academic leadership in school education as well as improving the quality of education provided in primary and secondary schools in the state.