Bharti Foundation’s Initiative Mainstreams Out-Of-School Children into Regular Schooling in Rajasthan

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Jaipur, February 13, 2018: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, 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 – a remedial/bridge course programme which aims to bridge the learning gap of out-of-school children and mainstreaming them into regular schools.

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.

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 this programme, the Foundation has set up centres in Rajasthan’s 1,091 villages, 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. 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 programme became operational in 2013, it has directly impacted nearly 37,000 children in approximately 1,500 villages in 47 educationally backward blocks of Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Madhya Pradesh.

Block-wise details of the six blocks declared Out-Of-School Children free

S. No. District Block No. of Centres No. of OOSC Mainstreamed
RAJASTHAN
1 Barmer Chohtan 249 6013
2 Sindhari 55 1362
3 Ramsar 74 1608
4 Sawai Madhopur Chauth ka Barwara 16 414
5 Sawai Madhopur 28 501
6 Bonli 50 945
Total 472 10,843

Region-wise impact of Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program

State District Block No. of Centres
RAJASTHAN Barmer Balotra 51
Dhorimana 65
Dhanau 19
Sedwa 13
Shiv 78
Sivana 88
Barmer 27
Gadra Road 5
Jodhpur Baap 77
Balesar 32
Bapini 8
Lohawat 16
Phalodi 72
Dechu 6
Shergarh 74