Google to give $5 million grant to Bharti Foundation

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Google to give $5 million grant to Bharti Foundation

Google on Monday said it would provide assistance worth $5 million to upgrade and support 50 Satya Elementary Schools being run by the Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.

As part of the agreement between the two companies, Google will provide financial support to set up Middle Schools (Classes VI – VIII), as well as help meet operational expenses to upgrade primary schools to the elementary level.

Once completed, this initiative will help upgrade 50 primary schools to the elementary levels and reach over 15,000 children. At full capacity this will provide employment and skills training to over 500 teachers.

“We have a vision of empowering rural India through the educational initiatives of the Bharti Foundation. The financial support received from Google will further allow us to scale up the existing Satya Bharti School Programme from primary to elementary level and take education in rural India to the next level. We are confident that this partnership will help ready the underprivileged children of today as employable and responsible citizens of tomorrow,” said Bharti Enterprises vice – chairman and managing director Rakesh Mittal.

The Bharti Foundation’s flagship initiative – the Satya Bharti School Programme – reaches out to over 30,000 children, with particular focus on the girl child, from socially and economically challenged backgrounds.

The Bharti Foundation offers them access to free education through 236 village primary schools and one senior secondary school. Going forward, an additional 15 primary and four senior secondary schools are scheduled to be opened in the next academic year.