India is performing poorly on education indicators. With the Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act, 2009 coming in, there has been definite improvement in the enrollment of children in schools at all levels across the country.
However, most of the provisions guaranteed in the Act are yet to be fulfilled like availability of trained teachers, high student pupil ratio, books/stationary not coming in time, lack of basic infrastructural facilities like functional toilets with water facility, safe drinking water, library, laboratories etc. These gaps leads to many children, especially girls to drop out of school as they grow up.
Recognizing all these challenges, Relaxo Foundation has decided to adopt Government schools and transform them into Model schools. The long term vision is to create a developmental model of School-Led-Community development. Relaxo Foundation believes that the education is the only tool to break the vicious cycle to poverty.
Towards this, Relaxo Foundation has partnered with Plan International (India Chapter) and signed MoU on 7th Feb 2018, to implement a 3-year long project in the 13 Primary schools of Khanpur block of the Haridwar district. The project Goal is “to create demonstrable model of school for effective delivery of equitable quality education for all children, especially girls in government schools leading to overall development of the individual and the community.”
The project will undertake teachers training, develop BALA (Building as Learning Aid), form children groups, and capacitate the School Management Committee to take the ownership of the school, develop School Development Plans and ensure smooth functioning of school after the project get over.
Through this multi-pronged approach involving all the stakeholders Government, Community, Teachers and children, the project will create a sustainable model to ensure enhanced learning outcome among students as short term goal and the upliftment of whole community later.