Bharti Foundation Milestones: Evolution of the Program
Having completed 14 years of operations in 2014, if we reflect on the nature of programs of Bharti Foundation, we see them evolving in scale, depth as well as its approach.Starting as a grant-making organization for the initial few years, Bharti Foundation decided to implement its own program, retaining education as its key focus,and emerge as one of the best charities in India. It was then that the Satya Bharti School Program was launched in Punjab as the first state. These were the Greenfield Schools which were built, managed and operated by Bharti Foundation on land provided by Panchayats or community members. Currently, of the 254 schools, 200 are Greenfield Schools initiated with primary classes.
Starting as a grant-making organization for the initial few years, Bharti Foundation decided to implement its own program, retaining education as its key focus. It was then that the Satya Bharti School Program was launched in Punjab as the first state. These were the Greenfield Schools which were built, managed and operated by Bharti Foundation on land provided by Panchayats or community members. Currently, of the 254 schools, 200 are Greenfield Schools initiated with primary classes, placing Bharti charity program among the biggest CSRs in the country.
Moving forward, the Foundation planned a new model of intervention in partnership with the Rajasthan Education Initiative (REI) of the state government. The school adoption model was conceptualized under this initiative. 49 government schools were adopted, of which 12 were elementary schools, where the Foundation is responsible for management, operations and financial requirements of the schools. The government provides partial financial support by extending existing government schemes like mid-day meals, text books and development grants etc. government schools have been adopted under this model in Alwar and Jaipur districts of Rajasthan.
The Foundation, as one of the Indian charity organization, participated in the Public Private Partnership model of the Punjab government, under which five senior secondary schools have been set up under the Adarsh School Scheme. Under this scheme, in addition to the land being provided on a long term lease, the government is also providing 50% of capital expenses and 70% of operational expenses per child.
To ensure continued education for the children, the Foundation decided to initiate elementary education in selected primary schools. It was with the support of partners like Google, the Foundation was able to upgrade 50 of its 200 primary schools to elementary level, taking the total number of elementary schools to 62, including 12 Rajasthan government schools. In 2012-13, the Foundation decided to take the learning and best practices from the Satya Bharti School Program to the government system to provide quality education for children in those schools. Two models have been introduced as pilots:
" "The Satya Bharti School Program has been a great initiative for the overall learning & growth of the rural underprivileged children & especially the girls... "Badri Agarwal
" "Studying at Satya Bharti School, Khanpur (Ludhiana) changed my life. I got admission in Navodaya school and I feel proud to be a part of this schooling... "Jasveer Singh
" "I was the Head Girl of my Satya Bharti School, Satharasanpatti. Today I am the School Leader in my current school (Govt. Girls High School, Kallal) and I... "M. Sri Ranjani Chellam