Sikshana Foundation adopts 375 Rural Schools
Sikshana Foundation, a Bangalore – based educational organisation, in collaboration with Monsanto Fund, Dell, Deshpande Foundation and several other donors, has adopted 375 government schools in rural areas of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh for implementing a Literacy Enhancement Project for improving learning levels of students studying from the first to eighth standard.
The foundation, which launched its educational initiatives in 2005, signed an agreement with Monsanto Fund on Tuesday to implement the project for a one – year period to improve reading, writing, computation skills and expression of students in 30 government schools in Chickballapur as per the minimum learning levels prescribed by the Department of Education.
Monsanto, an agricultural company, will contribute 15 lakh for implementing the project.
While Dell has given funds to adopt 45 schools, the Deshpande Foundation provided grants to improve education in 20 schools, Prasanna V.R., CEO, Sikshana Foundation, told.
The foundation has adopted 360 schools in Kanakapura, Hoskote, Chickballapur and Hubli and 15 schools in Madanapalli in Andhra Pradesh.
Besides software firms, several non – resident Indians have donated funds for adopting schools. Under the project, students are eligible for scholarship of 1,200 a year, he said.
The schools will be provided adequate quantity of writing papers to improve the writing skills and enable students to answer all questions in the three-hour period in the examination.
“We supplied to schools writing papers worth 30 lakh in the last academic year.”
All adopted schools have been provided with Kannada and English newspapers and textbooks and novels of students’ choice, he said.
Jyotsna Bhatnagar, Director, corporate social responsibility, Monsanto India, said : “Education is a key requirement towards creating an enabling environment for a sustainable and better future.
Our partnership with Sikshana Foundation is another step in achieving our common goal of creating a favourable educational environment and strengthening communities.”