The Government of India has over decades, introduced and implemented initiatives to reduce illiteracy and ensure that schools reach India’s every nook and corner. However, as the focus has been on building schools and increasing literacy levels, little has been achieved when it comes to quality education. Shortage of qualified teachers, poor infrastructure, and lack of supervision are some of the factors responsible for poor state of affairs. Recognizing this gap The Hans Foundation, through their partnerships with NGOs working at the community level, has been tirelessly making efforts to ensure that children from remotest areas receive affordable education. THF employs a broad-based strategy to address the issues of illiteracy and early drop outs. Apart from establishing schools and supporting existing schools, our programs are introducing technologies and working along with government authorities wherever required, to improve the overall quality of education. We ensure education to the poorest of poor while strengthening the connection between teachers and their students. THF has partnered with organizations working with educators, policymakers, parents and communities to expand and accelerate successful programs and identify innovative solutions to unlock students’ potential. Our school program aims to ensure that all students clear high school and are prepared for under-graduate studies.
In our effort to bridge the gap of inadequate number of schools in the country, the THF has been supporting construction of schools across states. These schools provide quality education to children from slums, disadvantaged families, orphans, street children and children of labourers who do not have immediate access to schools. Many of these schools also have been provided with residential facilities for children. One such school is Rajeshwari Karuna School located in Tuli, a town in Mokokchung district of Nagaland. The school was constructed by THF and has the capacity to provide education to more than 1300 children. Spread across 18 acres, the school campus has a three-storey building. The school also has a hostel for 500 children and a dining room for 400 children. The Foundation has not only funded the building’s construction but is also supporting its annual operational cost.
Substantial support was also extended to schools working with the same set of beneficiaries by funding their entire operational cost. The Hans Foundation has supported construction of eight schools across the country benefiting more than 5000 children annually. THF is also working closely with CARE India, which lays emphasis on Educating the Girl Child and has established non-residential centres accommodating around 350 girls. Another school supported by THF in Dimapur (Nagaland) was operating in a structure made of thatched roofs and mud floors which now has three-storey building with 24 rooms, a playground and a mid-day meal facility catering to 500 slum children of Dimapur. We are also making infrastructural support available to HEAL, a registered charity formed in 1992 working in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana – to provide shelter, support, education and healthcare for over 1,000 children. The HEAL Children’s Village in Guntur (another projects run by HEAL) is striving to provide home, food, education and medical care to orphaned and underprivileged children.
HEAL (Health & Education for all), founded by Dr Satya Prasad Koneru is an International charity, registered in India, UK, USA, Australia and Spain. It was established in India with an aim to provide shelter, support, education and health care to underprivileged and destitute children. HEAL runs a residential home and a School for abandoned / street children in Guntur and Hyderabad city of Andhra Pradesh. At present, HEAL takes care of 1,000 children in India. It plans to extend its support to 10,000 children in future. The Hans Foundation hasRead More …
been supporting the HEAL PARADISE VILLAGE project at Thotaphalli in Gannavaram Mandal located in the Krishna District of Andhra Pradesh. The school with the capacity to accommodate 1000 children is proving world class quality education and infrastructure to orphans/children living with single parents and children from underprivileged backgrounds. THF aims to provide holistic support to the children by focusing on quality education, health, food and residential care.
There are several marginalized sections of the society where the children are the first-generation learners. These children are left out of the mainstream of formal education because of several factors. This void is filled through our Non-Formal Education Programs. This program imparts continuous education to the participants irrespective of their age, sex and educational background. The scope of our NFE programs covers activities ranging from simple memorization to learning of complicated concepts to get them accustomed to the NCERT syllabus. It covers all areas of formal education, including life skills, nutrition and health and family planning. A total of 49 NFE centres were supported by the THF benefitting about 3000 children. Most of these NFEs are also running basic and advance level computer courses to equip children with technical skills. Keeping a 360 degrees approach in mind, THF’s interventions include Outreach to Non-Formal Centres like Child in Need Institution (CINI) in West Bengal and NIRDESH in Bihar which have been providing age appropriate education. They are working towards increased enrolment in schools and have benefited more than 1000 girls and boys annually. THF has supported construction of eight schools across the country benefiting approx. 5000 children annually.
THF has partnered with Magic Bus, an innovative approach pioneered by Matthew Spacie in Mumbai who came up with a program called Sports for Development, a concept which has brought about behavioral change in children hailing from slums of Mumbai. Their Activity Based Curriculum (ABC) is a learning model using activities and games to change attitudes and behaviour. With 40 annual sessions – each with a key message, they teach children important life skills around education, gender and health, finally linking it to sustainable livelihoods. Starting with a single programme in a Mumbai slum in 1999, Magic Bus now reaches over 380,000 children and 9000 trained volunteer mentors across India.
THF also collaborated with organisations with an aim to create opportunities for all aspiring and deserving students hailing from economically disadvantaged families in Uttarakhand (UK). Dedicated efforts have been made to identify top colleges offering BE/B.Tech/MBBS courses in the state and eligible students from these institutes were selected based on annual family income and the students’ academic records. 350 students have been supported through these fellowships to fulfil their dreams of becoming doctors and engineers.
The Government of India started the Midday Meal Scheme with an aim to increase enrolment of children in schools, retention and boost attendance while also improving nutritional levels among children. With a principle based on the same guidelines the THF has supported three sizeable midday meal programs. These programs have supplied nutritious meals to 75 schools benefitting more than 10,000 children and doles of these programs have been manifold – from addressing the problem of classroom hunger, to increased enrollment, higher attendance, improved social skills among castes, addressed malnutrition and has also led to women empowerment.
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