Jaipur, September 19, 2016: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced the success of its Government school initiative- the Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program, with its direct impact in 1,079 villages located in the remote rural areas of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand. The program aims to enrol and mainstream ‘Out Of School Children’ (OOSC) into regular schools by providing them bridge courses to bring them at an age/class appropriate level.
On attaining the milestone of 1000+ villages, Mr Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation said, “The program that began in February 2013 with Jodhpur District is today running successfully in 35 Blocks of 10 Districts across three states including Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh. We are grateful that through the Satya Bharti Learning Centres we have been able to bring thousands of Out Of School Children back into Government schools.”
Venturing into such a large outreach program and bringing back a great number of Out of School Children is a challenge as well as a formidable task. The targeted locations are situated in extremely difficult terrains of rural hinterlands and are educationally backward blocks with literacy rates lower than national and State average. The program is designed to converge with the existing Government system through coordination and alignment with the regular support of Government officials.
Mr. Keshar Dan Ratnu, Block Elementary Education Officer (BEEO), Chohtan, Barmer added, “In the year 2013-14 there were 7,734 out of school children as per the CTS survey in Chohtan block. To this end, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Chohtan has been working to mainstream these children into Government schools. Since 2014, Bharti Foundation has extended its full support to our initiatives, to the effect that 5,386 children (70%) have already been mainstreamed into Government schools as of 2015-16. The efforts of Bharti Foundation, especially in these remote blocks is indeed praiseworthy. We are confident, with their continued efforts, soon every single child in every Gram Panchayat of Chohtan will be mainstreamed in the near future.”