INDIACSR News Network
NEW DELHI: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises is pleased to announce that Ms. Aarti Verma, a class VII student of Satya Bharti School, Raiwana, Neemrana, Rajasthan has been honored with the prestigious ‘Special Jury award’ by Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards 2013 for her campaign against untouchability.
The 12 year old student of Satya Bharti Schoolhas been instrumental in bringing a change in the mindset of the village towards untouchability. Her endeavor to create an equitable society was appreciated by the Jury of Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards.
When young Arti saw her friend being denied entry to the village temple, she decided to raise her voice against untouchabilty and fight for an impartial society. Arti started her crusade by gaining the support of her father.Post parent approval, she met the villagers and sensitized them towards the issue and through meetings, rally, hand-made posters and slogans. Her efforts slowly began to show results and the villagers started accepting, the once considered ‘untouchables,’ into the community. Many children from the lower caste were allowed entry into schools; a few men and women found employment and started to take part in socio-economic activities.
This award winning initiative has started the process of uniting the community and eradicating discrimination in the village.
Bharti Foundation and the Satya Bharti School Program:
Bharti Foundation was set up in 2000 as the philanthropic arm of the Bharti Group of Companies to help bridge the education divide between urban and rural India. Towards achieving this intent, the Foundation launched its flagship initiative, the Satya Bharti School Program in 2006. The program delivers quality education, free of cost, to underprivileged children in the villages of India, focusing primarily on the girl child, and is helping transform students into well educated, confident, employable and socially responsible citizens.
Currently, more than 38,000 children are enrolled in 254 Satya Bharti Schools (including 187 primary, 12 elementary and five senior secondary schools) across six Indian states. The intent of the program is to develop scalable, sustainable and replicable components of quality education to make a large scale impact on the education sector as a whole.