Jaipur, February 13, 2018: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced that over 10,840 Out-Of-School Children across 472 villages in Rajasthan have been mainstreamed into regular schooling through the Foundation’s Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program.
Bharti Foundation’s intervention enables the Government of Rajasthan to declare ‘Out-Of-School Children’ free in six blocks as a result of the mainstreaming initiative in the region. Of the Six blocks, three (Chohtan, Sindhari and Ramsar) are in Barmer district while the rest (Chauth Ka Barware, Bonli and Sawai Madhopur) are located in Sawai Madhopur district. (Refer to Annexure A for block-wise details).
Dr. Priya Balram Sharma, Deputy Commissioner (Rajasthan Education Initiative), Rajasthan Council of Elementary Education said, “We appreciate the support of Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program in identifying Out-Of-School Children and mainstreaming them in Government Schools, thereby resulting in six blocks of the state getting declared Out-Of-School Children free. We are hopeful that Bharti Foundation would continue its commendable efforts and support in eventually bringing children across all districts of Rajasthan back to school.”
Under Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program, the Foundation has set up centres in Rajasthan’s 1,091 villages which is impacting over 25,000 children, of these more than 20,000 children have been mainstreamed into age-appropriate grades after providing them with remedial courses. Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program is a remedial/bridge course program which aims of bridging the learning gap of out of school children and mainstreaming them into regular schools.
Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation said, “As we celebrate the achievement of mainstreaming the ‘Out-of-school Children’ into regular schools, it motivates us to further strengthen our commitment to bring back more children into schools.”
Since the Program became operational in 2013, Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program has directly impacted nearly 37,000 children in 1,500 villages (approx.) in 47 educationally backward blocks of Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.