Swachh Vidyalaya Implementation
Swachh Bharat: Swachh Vidyalaya is the national campaign driving ‘Clean India: Clean Schools’. A key feature of the campaign is to ensure that every school in India has a set of functioning and well-maintained water, sanitation and hygiene facilities. Under the Swachh Vidyalaya project, CONCOR pledged to create community toilet blocks in specific regions of the country. Taking this initiative further, the organization also decided to install water purifiers and hand pumps in select areas to find a sustainable solution to the many water borne diseases that typically affect people from underdeveloped regions due to poor quality of water and presence of chemical/bacteriological contamination. As the implementation partner of CONCOR, Bahubali Gulabchand Foundation had the responsibility to enable the Swachh Vidyalaya program in the interior district of Baksa in Assam. Apart from this, the BGF team oversaw the setting up of a SMART school in the small, destitute district complete with digital infrastructure for students and teachers.
The project team had to begin with identifying a water source and set up the infrastructure needed for the storage of clean water. The implementation of this project required the team to conduct a thorough baseline analysis, to design the implementation approach and plan the on ground activities. A detailed need assessment was carried out by the BGF team in 50 rural schools across Assam where a sample size of 700 people was interviewed by the field team.
Bahubali Gulabchand Foundation enabled the installation of water purifiers in 5 schools of Baksa District of Assam, trained people to maintain the infrastructure and encouraged the children and community to make use of the facility.
The interior locations of Assam are primarily occupied by local natives and tribes, making communication in common Indian dialects a challenge. The project team had to live in these areas, acquaint with the locals, understand their peculiar needs and address their apprehensions. Community meetings or Gram Sabhas were held by the team to instil confidence in the initiative and hear the concerns of the villagers. The project team also ensured the availability of infrastructure for the setting up of the SMART school.
The team connected with the local communities to highlight the importance of digital literacy and clean and green surroundings to the locals. Through awareness generation activities, both parents and children were shown the importance of sustained and better education. An impact assessment is planned to review and measure improvement in the project area.
Approximately 600 children were directly impacted by this program.
The project has made a visible impact on the health and hygiene of children through improvement in their health and hygiene practices, and those of their families and the communities. It has also worked on improving the curriculum and teaching methods in these places while promoting hygiene practices and community ownership of water and sanitation facilities within schools. Ultimately, this will impact children’s health, school enrolment, attendance and retention and pave the way for new generation of healthy children. Through this initiative, schools have integrated hygiene messages in daily school curriculum like morning assembly and prayers, & during social sciences classes. The SMART School project will become a model for the future development of schools in the area.
Enhancing Quality of Education
The Satya Bharti Quality Support Program (QSP) by Bharti Foundation aims to improve the over-all school quality in Government schools in partnership with the State Governments. The core-philosophy of the Program is that if schools become engaging and happy spaces, it would result in holistic development of students as they acquire leadership, communication, collaboration, and other 21st Century skills along with learning.
A capacity development program was to be conducted for all the head of the schools and one teacher from the respective schools wherein QSP is being implemented by Bharti Foundation. The program expected to enable the head of the school to be a “Visionary leader capable of ensuring their students strive to reach their potential”. The need was to align and integrate performance along with Learning Management processes for these leaders.
The expected outcomes for this program were:
- Improved student attendance
- Reduction in students dropouts
- Improved student academic results
- Improved number of awards in external competitions, student participation in events and activities in the school
- Improvement of life skills of students
- Child safe environment
- Formulation and effective implementation of School Development plans
The Satya Bharti Quality Support Program was to be implemented in 12 states reaching over 750 government schools. The locations covered ranged from Jammu & Kashmir and Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Haryana and Rajasthan and Delhi in the North to Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh, Assam and Meghalaya, Karnataka and Telangana.
In partnership with Dale Carnegie, Bahubali Gulabchand Foundation developed a Leadership Roadmap for the identified group of leaders. The key construct of this intervention was around building one’s reputation as a powerful and influential leader.
This intervention is ongoing and has so far enabled 92 school principals and teachers to understand their roles & responsibilities by developing a robust leadership pipeline. Dale Carnegie trainers facilitated programs amid challenging situations in locations that are known to be security concerns.
The initiative also promoted innovative and effective practices to enhance self-esteem, academic performance and skills. It gave the team the tools to sustain success and master continuous improvement.
It has supported teachers, parents and administrators to transform schools into vibrant integrated institutions of learning, performing and holistic development. The program framework was designed around engaging students, parents, communities and motivating teachers; and the school’s leadership was supported in prioritizing the areas of improvement and create goals. Broad areas impacted under this project were:
- Students’ empowerment
- Parents & community involvement
- School leadership & teachers engagement
- School environment
Skill Building & Enhancing Employability
Under its CSR initiative, Bajaj Finserv aimed at creating employable opportunities in the Banking, Finance & Insurance industry. The purpose was to improve the income of youth in tier 2 and 3 cities and provide them with better employment opportunities. Towards this end, a 105 hour Certificate Program in Banking, Finance and Insurance was designed by the organization as a bridge between campuses and corporates, specifically in the Banking and Finance Industry. This 40 day course was tailored to give graduates the relevant knowledge, skills and confidence needed in the industry. Walchand Plus, in association with BGF had the responsibility to deliver this program which covered Banking, Finance and soft skills across 17 locations in Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.
Bahubali Gulabchand Foundation implemented this large scale initiative in Tier 2 and 3 towns across the country. Some of the locations that were covered were Kurnool, Mangalore, Vijaywada, Jalgaon, Guntoor, Anantpur, Kakinada and Vijaywada. This ongoing project has recently concluded Phase 1 under which close to 500 students have been trained in 7 colleges and 17 locations all over the country.
The exercise began with a widespread recruitment drive where professionals from all over the nation had to be screened. The project team has painstakingly identified the right delivery partners and set parameters for auditing the quality of programs being delivered. The program is delivered in local dialect by locally based trainers who are intensively trained to deliver the identified competencies. This is followed by assessments of the students and a job fair for recruiters from the BFSI industry.
The initiative has impacted more than 500 youth just in its first phase. It has not only made these youth more competent in BFSI skills, it has also given them an opportunity to find meaningful employment. Through this project, Bahubali Gulabchand Foundation has also trained and qualified more than 50 trainers with proven capabilities to deliver and cater to the BFSI industry.
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