There is no denying that education and skill development are the most fundamental enablers for realizing India’s demographic advantage. Lack of access to quality education is a huge obstacle to development of an equitable society and a sustainable economy. We wanted to do our bit to help solve this mounting challenge.
Our CSR journey began in 2005 when we started supporting a non-formal education center for 150 children at Dakshinpuri in New Delhi. Today, in partnership with several NGOs, state governments and other institutions, we are working to create a better future for 500,000 children and young students in several states, including some of the most inaccessible areas in the country’s hinterland.
Technology and innovation underpin EY Foundation’s education programs enabling improved access and better learning outcomes
Supporting low-cost and replicable models to enhance reach
Project Eklavya by Indus Action
Project Eklavya by Indus Action
EY Foundation has partnered with Indus Action, an NGO that aims to bring a systemic change to the Indian education system, to facilitate the admission of underprivileged children in private schools. Under the Right to Education (RTE) Act, 2005, it is mandatory for unaided, non-minority private schools to reserve at least 25% of seats in nursery, KG and class 1 for children belonging to disadvantaged and economically weaker sections (EWS).
EY Foundation supports Indus Action in promoting awareness about the RTE Act among EWS parents, assisting in their admission and enabling their social integration in schools. About 20,000 children have been enrolled for academic year 2017-18. 50,000 children are expected to be enrolled in 2018 and an additional 250,000 are expected to be enrolled in 2019.
Project Vivekdisha by Ramakrishna Mission
EYF supports Vivekdisha, an information and communication technology (ICT) – based network of Ramakrishna Mission Vivekananda University in Belur, West Bengal. Through its interactive platform, Vivekdisha provides a vibrant interactive virtual classroom environment for the teacher and students at various geographically isolated centres. At present, there are 22 Vivekdisha centres in West Bengal providing online and offline education, teacher training, telemedicine services and research programmes.
Enabling distance education for underprivileged students in remote parts of west India, the program is positively impacting lives of more than 10,000 students.
Applying innovative methods to improve learning outcomes
Toon Masti leverages the power of cartoons and audio-visual aids to make learning joyful. This animated educational cartoons have been developed as a low-cost model to enhance enrollment, attendance and greater comprehension of subjects in schools. Coverings Maths and Environmental Studies (EVS), Toon Masti content is available in Hindi and English languages for the nursery level. The content is in line with the syllabi prescribed by the NCERT in its text books and the principles laid down by the National Curriculum Framework 2005 for Classes I to V. The series are available for PC and TV/DVD compatible formats of and can be run on computers and TV sets.
It is meant for deployment only in government schools or in institutions where education is imparted either free of charge or at highly subsidized rates (less than Rs. 1200/- per annum). Toon Masti has been shared with the state education departments of the Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Chattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh Delhi, Ajmer district in Rajasthan and Puducherry. It has also been shared with the armed forces and many corporate foundations and NGOs. The program has the potential for five million children in 7 states.
Toon Masti is a licensed software and its use and dissemination requires permission from the EY Foundation.
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Grants by EY Foundation support Sampark Foundation for its Smart Class program across five districts of Chhattisgarh — Balod, Dhamtari, Kanker, Kondagaon and Bastar — reaching more than 6,000 schools and 400,000 children.
As part of the program, Smart Math kits and teacher training are provided to school teachers and videos explaining use of content are loaded on smartphones. By replacing ineffective role-based learning with fun, innovative and easily comprehensible teaching methods, Smart Class aims to make sure that 80% of children taking part in the program can perform basic math operations and can speak and write 500 new words in English.
The EY Foundation supports ‘Project Vidya’ in Kanker district of Chhatisgarh, implemented by Development Initiatives. The project began with remedial education for students in Class 1 to 5 to improve quality of learning. Before the intervention began, only 21% children scored 60% or more and 14% children failed. Post the remedial actions, more than 90% children have scored 60% or more for the last 5 years with no cases of failures.
The entire villages have been motivated to take a pledge to educate every child in the village till Class 12.The project aims at empowering villages to take ownership of ensuring quality learning in villages and if required, contribute to support ‘remedial learning’ centres.
Currently, the program impacts 15,000 students across 150 schools. Of these students, 60% are from ST category.
EY Foundation Scholarships
India’s economic and human resources potential can be unleashed only when our young people get access to higher education and gain employability skills. In 2007, we established the EY Foundation Scholarships to help solve the challenge of unequal access to education and enable thousands of brilliant and capable students from economically weaker sections to nurture their career dreams. Over 8,000 young students have benefitted from EYF scholarships in the last 11 years.
With the support of EY Foundation, many young students from underprivileged backgrounds are today pursuing flourishing careers with Indian and multinational companies. Learn more about the success stories of a few of our scholarship winners: