Model School Program
“ In the mid-day meal scheme, children are served rice and sambar. Thanks to the foundation, the new menu has nutritious food ”
School Teacher at Government Primary School, Bowenpally
A lot of villages deal with infrastructural lacunae related to electricity and water, apart from unavailable fundamental health and hygiene requirements. The teacher-student ratio in rural schools is appalling, where classrooms are crammed with more than 100 students of different age groups. Lack of proper infrastructure at these rural schools is also a big concern. Most of the schools don’t have proper classrooms, teaching equipment, playgrounds and even basic facilities like clean toilets. Thus, the poor condition of schools are big reasons to drive away students.
These are some of the few prominent crises that’s holding back rural education to match up with the education system in urban educational centers. Education imparted in rural centers lack in quality and its high time, proper attention is paid to these centers and create a platform where students from rural areas can get proper education, the right encouragement to pursue further studies and jobs. Proper availability of basic facilities like clean toilets, drinking water, adequate classroom facilities, timely motivational programs for teachers etc. should be there. The right reformation can definitely bring about a positive change towards the development of rural education in India.
NDTV, one of India’s leading News channel has in a survey disclosed that most of the Government schools in India lack basic amenities of toilets and drinking water. On the implementation of Right to Education (RTE), they surveyed 780 Government schools in 13 States of India. The results were shameful. 63% of them had no playgrounds. More than one-third of the schools had unserviceable toilets or in extremely poor condition. In case a student wants to go to washroom he goes back home. The channel cited it as one of the biggest reasons for high drop-out rate of girl students. Admission is not according to the age in more than 80 percent of the schools.
Well laid out infrastructure with all the necessary supplies and materials as well as the addressing of basic necessities like food and water are all crucial in creating an atmosphere conducive to learning. This is what the Model School Program aims for. We partner with corporations and individuals to build schools with good infrastructure.
A highlight of the Model school program was our partnership with the Marriott Hotel which agreed to provide an egg, banana and vegetable curry to a local school in Hyderabad for their mid-day meal program. The outcomes of this partnership were very strong. The school’s enrolment and retention went up with this intervention We have intervened in hundreds of schools to build toilets, provide drinking water, green boards and basic infrastructure.