Children from poor households in the country often get enrolled only in government schools. Since majority of them are first generation school-goers, the quality of teaching for their learning assumes importance. Foundation noticed that there is great need to complement government’s efforts to provide quality education in these schools. Hence, as part of its education initiatives, it works with government schools to improve the standard of education and strengthen infrastructure. Currently, Foundation works with about 300 schools reaching out to more than 30,000 students across its various locations.
Education… A Ladder to Success!
- Foundation makes need-based contribution towards infrastructural development in govt. schools … like construction of classrooms, toilets, playgrounds, and furnishing furniture for class room etc.
- Foundation also supports through Vidya Volunteers, selecting and training them from the locality to work with the students in schools where teacher-student ratio is rather poor. Volunteers also work with the community to reduce dropouts and to make parents active stakeholders in the education of their children. Currently there over 150 Vidya Volunteers engaged in GMRVF-supported schools across various locations.
- Foundation supports joyful learning in schools by introducing innovative pedagogies, providing Teaching-Learning Material (TLM), and training to teachers etc.
- Foundation facilitates exposure visits and excursion trips for children. Through the use of carefully developed grade-specific workbooks, the volunteers ensure that children achieve Minimum Levels of Learning.
- In many of the schools it works with, Foundation organizes tuitions for the students of Std. IX and X (also see After School Activities section) to help them make the grade in Board exams.
- Through special classes and summer sessions, it focuses on children acquiring the minimum levels of learning.
- In collaboration with school administration, Foundation organizes a number of events and competitions in these schools for Environment Day, Children's Day, and Annual Day etc. They generate a lot of enthusiasm in the children and the communities around as a whole.
- Foundation organizes regular health-checkups in all the govt. schools it works with. After-school learning sessions, creativity centers and summer camps are conducted with focus on co-curricular and extracurricular activities.
When GMRVF started working with the government schools around the Rajiv Gandhi International Airport at Shamshabad, it was found that the SSC pass percentage in Mamidipally High School was less than 35%. Many interventions were taken up by Foundation to improve this. It started an After-School Learning Center to provide tuition support to the students with weak learning skills. Transport facility was provided to girls coming from nearby villages to reach their homes safely in the evenings after attending tuition classes. All the students of After-School Learning Center were provided with nutritious snacks every day for 3 months before the exams under the sponsorship of IT department of GMR Hyderabad International Airport Ltd. In the first year of GMRVF’s intervention the pass percentage increased to 67%. The teachers of the school were highly motivated with this increased pass percentage and started taking initiatives on their own to achieve better results. Their efforts coupled with continuous support from GMRVF resulted in continuous improvement in the SSC results and in the third year of intervention, the school achieved a pass percentage of 81%.