Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises recently received the Shiksha Vibhushan award from the Department of Elementary Education, Government of Rajasthan. The award is the recognition of the Foundation’s support to improve overall schooling experience of 134 government schools which has benefitted more than 22,000 rural children and 700 teachers in rural Rajasthan.
The Foundation has also mainstreamed more than 20,000 out-of-school children into age-appropriate grades after providing them with remedial courses. The Government of Rajasthan recently declared six blocks — Chohtan, Sindhari and Ramsar in Barmer district and Chauth Ka Barware, Bonli and Sawai Madhopur in Sawai Madhopur district — “Out-of-School children free.”
Speaking on the recogniyion, Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation, said, “We are honoured to receive this prestigious award and thankful to the government of Rajasthan for extending their support, to make this programme a great success. The award is a testimony to the efforts being invested by our staff and reaffirms our commitment towards the Foundation’s mission of delivering quality education to underprivileged children.”
By delivering quality education, the Foundation is cumulatively impacting to more than 60,000 underprivileged village students in the state. The Foundation’s education initiatives have also benefitted more than 1,200 educators, through 1,326 schools and centers in 34 blocks, by supporting them in their excursion to achieve excellence.
Through its flagship initiative – the Satya Bharti School Program, Bharti Foundation provides free and quality education to underprivileged children in many parts of rural India, with a focus on the girl child. In the year 2016, the Foundation completed 10 successful years of the Satya Bharti School Program. The impact of quality education is being scaled up by transferring the learning and best practices of the programme to government schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. In addition to its primary focus area of education, the Foundation initiated ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ in 2014 to improve sanitation facilities.