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Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with non-profit organisations whose mission is aligned with its social responsibility goals. In an endeavor to make a difference, ABF has joined hands with organisations across the length and breadth of the country for the overall upliftment of the society.

Education

  • ADAPT

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT) - formerly The Spastics Society of India

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 1,347 individuals in three years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Three Years

    Name: Able Disabled All People Together (ADAPT)

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: Maharashtra

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    ADAPT (formerly known as The Spastics Society of India) is best known for its inclusive education programme which shows that given the right opportunity, children with or without disabilities can learn together. ADAPT was formed to address the lack of services and knowledge about multiple disabilities in general and cerebral palsy in particular. ADAPT's special school known as 'National Resource Centre for Inclusive Education' was set up to provide a holistic approach to education, treatment, support and care for children with multiple disabilities. The services include assessments, infant stimulation, home support, therapy and special education.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with ADAPT since 2010 to support six Inclusive Anganwadis in the slums of Dharavi, Mumbai. This caters to children between the ages of 3-6 years where they are given play school facilities along with supplementary nutrition to help them get mainstreamed faster. School teachers are trained on how to handle children with special needs and parents are counselled on sending them regularly to school. Parents / guardians are assisted in keeping handy all documents like disability certificates and ensure regular checkups of their children. Assistive appliances are also provided to needy children with disability. The project has been used as a platform by the government to absorb the best practices of this model into their ICDS run anganwadis.

    Inclusive Education Hub centres each at Dharavi and Pelhar- a rural setting have been set up as outreach centres to demonstrate the model of community resource centre and to operationalise the tenets of Right to Education by making the communities aware of the importance of education.

  • Agastya

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Agastya International Foundation

    Category: Others – Science Mobile Labs

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children studying in government schools

    Total Beneficiaries: 14,500 students

    States: Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh

    Period: 5 Years

    Name: Agastya International Foundation

    Category: Others – Science Mobile Labs

    States: Uttar Pradesh & Andhra Pradesh

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    Agastya believes in creating thinkers, sparking curiosity and nurturing creativity through hands-on science education amongst the economically disadvantaged children of rural India and teachers. Through easy access to its dynamic science education, Agastya aims to make learning fun and foster problem solving skills which can empower children to move a step ahead in life and away from poverty. Its main hub of activity is the Creativity Lab located on a 172-acre campus near Bangalore, 76 Mobile Labs spread across 10 states in India and 31 Science Centres spread across North India, A.P. and Karnataka. Agastya advisers and members include entrepreneurs, scientists, educators, philanthropists and teachers.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports Agastya's Mobile Science Labs in order to move away from the rote based learning and instill creative thinking and problem solving abilities in students. Through the MSL visits, the Agastya instructors have demonstrated scientific concepts in simple, innovative and low cost ways to students in government schools. Each MSL travels to doorstep of remote schools with 200+ hands-on science models covering a wide range of topics from Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Math. As a result, children are able to relate better to concepts explained through these interactive demonstrations. Government school teachers are also trained on Agastya's methodology of hands-on science teaching. Science Fairs are conducted in schools for children studying in classes 6 to 10, teachers, parents and community members.

    Axis bank also supports the manufacturing of teaching learning materials with low-cost models which are supplied to MSLs and Science Centres.

  • EnAble India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: EnAble India

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Adults with visual impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 587 individuals

    States: Karnataka

    Period: Aug 2007 to Oct 2016

    Name: EnAble India

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    States: Karnataka

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    People with disabilities are often socially and economically marginalised especially during employment. Society at large and institutions and organisation in both public and private sector fail to recognise or acknowledge the abilities of these people. This is compounded by the fact that most people with disability do not get the right education or skills for gainful employment.

    EnAble India's focus is to make people with multiple disabilities a part of the mainstream workforce and assist in creating a supportive environment for them to achieve their dreams and goals. They train and counsel people with disabilities on employment, pre-employment services and supplemental training and consult and partner with other institutions working for the disabled.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been partnering with EnAble India since 2006 to develop content and computer training modules for the visually impaired people. Through its Career Centric Computer Training (CCCT) programmes, training on new technologies like Dolphin and NVDA screen reader have been added. The CCCT also acts as a resource centre for similar minded CSOs for capacity building of trainers, sharing of training materials, training methodology and on-the-job training of trainers. EnAble India also provides employability training, post-employment performance enhancement training for PSUs, certificate courses for trainers to build capacity and provide consultancy services for organizations.

    A 9-months course on language and communication skills , mobility and employability training apart from need based training help those who are already employed but need to be updated on skills.

  • Godhuli

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Godhuli

    Category: Remedial Education / Non-formal Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from the slum area of Meera Bagh

    Total Beneficiaries: 215 girls and boys per year

    States: Delhi

    Period: August 2007 till date

    Name: Godhuli

    Category: Remedial Education / Non-formal Education

    States: Delhi

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    Godhuli's philosophy is based on the Gandhian principles of an all-round development of a person through education. It was set up in 1994 to provide free education and welfare to the under-privileged children as envisaged in the Constitution of India.

    Axis Bank Foundation and Godhuli has been working together since 2007 to provide basic education to the poor and underprivileged children living in the slum area of Meera Bagh in West Delhi. This region comprises of people who have come from States like Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, West Bengal and Rajasthan in search of employment opportunities. Under this programme, children are given free education from KG to Class III based on the government syllabus, post which they are mainstreamed into the formal education system. Children are also provided with free uniforms, study materials and health checkups on regular basis. Extra-curricular activities and libraries help the children develop more interest in the learning process and thus keep them away from child labour.

  • Vidya and Child

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust (Vidya and Child)

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from socio-economically marginalized sections of society

    Total Beneficiaries: 560 girls and boys per year

    States: Uttar Pradesh

    Period: October 2009 till date

    Name: Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    States: Uttar Pradesh

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    While Khoda in Noida is a slum region, Barolla and Ambedkar Vihar are considered villages by the state administration. These regions comprise primarily of migratory population who work as daily wage labourers like rickshaw pullers, gardeners, drivers, vegetable vendors and factory workers with temporary jobs. Their average monthly income ranges from INR 4,000 to 9,000. Most of these people come from socio-economically weak states like Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Jharkhand and Odisha and mostly belong to Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST). Though there are a few private and government schools, children keep dropping out of school. The Barolla area is plagued by the issue of alcoholism which in turn affects the education process of the children here.

    Through non formal classes, Vidya & Child, an initiative by Jayaprakash Narayan Memorial Trust aims to provide holistic education so that these children can be mainstreamed into the society. Axis Bank Foundation supports the operation of these centres where classes are based and held on V&C's internal curriculum. Life skills training through value based stories, exposure to art forms like theatre, tabla, dances and excursions are held to instil confidence, build character and showcase their talents. Through meetings, parents are kept up to date on their wards' progress and also help them get back to the formal education system.

    The After School Support Programme helps in reinforcing the concepts learnt in school through mock tests, home visits, feedback from schools etc. Career counselling is also given to students after the 10th Std.

  • Lend a Hand India

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Lend a Hand India

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Secondary school students

    Total Beneficiaries: 13,990 girls and boys in five years

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Jan 2013- Dec 2017

    Name: Lend a Hand India

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    There is a significant disconnect between the education imparted and practical or real life skills needed, especially in rural India. The existing education system is neither participative nor encourages any comprehension abilities among its students. As a result, many of these students remain unemployed after passing out and lack the confidence to even start a small venture.

    Lend-A-Hand India (LAHI) was started in 2007 with the objective of providing job and life skill training to young boys and girls from high schools in rural parts of India by making it a part of the school curriculum. Currently working with government aided schools in remote villages in three states of Maharashtra, Karnataka and Goa, LAHI delivers its Introduction to Basic Technology course (IBT) in over 90 schools reaching 18,000 students from 300 villages. The programme has been formally recognized by government of Maharashtra as part of the high school curriculum and has helped increase enrolment, better performance in classes and a decrease in dropout rates.

    Axis Bank Foundation is involved with Lend-A-Hand India to create and implement a curriculum as part of the existing secondary school education curriculum which will provide students with significant hands on experience and practical livelihood skills. In five years, the project expects to reach out to 13,990 young boys and girls besides 400 local micro entrepreneurs. This curriculum introduces students to theory and practice on subjects like Basic Engineering, Energy and Environment, Agriculture and Animal Husbandry and Home and Health and is available as a three years course for the students from 8th to 10th grade.

    The variety of skills to which students would be introduced are: carpentry, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding, fabrication, construction, surveying, agriculture, animal husbandry and pathology etc. This intervention will enable the students to make informed and appropriate choices about their post-high school education, encourage scientific thinking and give them an opportunity to learn skills which they are interested in.

  • MBA Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: MBA Foundation

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Adults with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 181

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: Sep 2007 to March 2015

    Name: MBA Foundation

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: Maharashtra

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    MBA Foundation was formed to provide avenues for the differently abled adults to prepare them to be economically independent and get mainstreamed into active society. The four centres at Powai, Gorai, Thane and Chembur in Mumbai have day-care facilities which ensure that these adults stay active and relaxed through yoga, drawing and painting, music and dance etc. Trainings and therapies are provided to the beneficiary whenever necessary so that he can become a part of group activities like candle and paper bag making, tailoring, artificial jewelry, chocolate making, preparation of pickles and jams etc.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports MBA Foundation to continue their work in these four centres with the objective of giving vocational training to those who are 18 years and above. For children between 12 to 17 years, a pre-vocational training is given to improve eye-hand coordination, concentration, attention span and team work. The training also helps them to sit in one place and get trained in any skill once they turn adults. Simple activities like painting, pasting, music, dance, outdoors and other functional activities like shopping, banking, money handling and clock reading are also included in their training. People with free mobility and good communications skills are trained and placed in various organisations such as LIC (agents), TCS, Titan (retail sale), Satveeka Group (back office roles), Kidzee (peon) etc.

  • Mitra Jyothi

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Mitra Jyothi

    Category: Special Education for Visually Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children and adults with visual impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 761 individuals

    States: Karnataka

    Period: Oct 2010 to Sep 2016

    Name: Mitra Jyothi

    Category:Special Education for Visually Impaired

    States: Karnataka

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    Coupled with a lack of awareness, societal discrimination and lack of access to training or technology, only a minuscule percentage of persons with disabilities have been able to receive school education. The situation gets worse with higher education and for women with visual impairment or multiple disabilities. Though new technologies such as screen readers for computers, multimedia DAISY and automated brailing process, Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and text to speech engines in Indian languages are emerging and evolving, these are yet to reach the masses.

    Mitra Jyothi has been working with visually impairment and other disabilities since 1990 with the objective of bringing them into mainstream society by making them economically independent.

    The Axis Bank Foundation project was implemented with the aim of making more reading materials accessible and available in five languages namely English, Hindi Kannada, Tamil and Telagu to the visually impaired through the Talking Book Library. These accessible materials are provided to schools, colleges and universities which further helps in advocating for their inclusion. Trainers and members of other CSOs are trained on the use of new technologies such as DAISY. Mitra Jyothi also advocates with publishing houses to use Unicode format to write materials instead of doc since it is easily converted to a format readable by the visually impaired. Axis Bank Foundation also supports Mitra Jyothi in Braille Transcription, Counselling and Technology Helpdesk Unit, Daisy Reading Awareness, Mobile Blind School for visually impaired children in rural India and mainstreaming and advocating the cause of persons with disability.

  • Montfort Community Trust

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Montfort Community Trust

    Category: Primary Education

    Total Beneficiaries: 631 students

    States: Tamil Nadu

    Period: Since 2009

    Name: Montfort Community Trust

    Category: Primary Education

    States: Tamil Nadu

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    Kombuthooki, a small mountainous tribal village in the Yercaud Taluka is situated in the interior of the semi forest regions at the edge of the Shevaroys Hills, also known as the Queen of the Eastern Ghats. The cluster of 18 villages and 50 hamlets within a radius of 13kms are still cut off from mainstream society and do not have access to electricity or proper roads even today. For healthcare and education, village members have to traverse a minimum distance of six to twelve kilometres daily. Only recently, a road was laid to Maramangalam and Arangam, connecting Yercaud to these villages.

    Montfort Community Trust first came in this region in 1999 and was a witness to the abysmal situation of the living condition in these villages especially in healthcare, hygiene and education. The Community School Project was started in 2001 with the aim of providing equitable and holistic education to the children thereby giving them an opportunity to live life with dignity. A special feature of the Community School Project is its free nutritious meal served at noon and a cup of tea and snacks in the evening. Text books, note books, uniforms, canvas shoes, slippers and warm clothes are also supplied to the students free of cost. This school has now been recognized by the State government.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports the primary education in the school with the objective of educating and empowering the first generation of tribal children through academic, co-curricular activities like sports and music and healthcare services. In order to strengthen the learning process, classrooms, labs, library, staff room etc. have also been built for both teachers and students of the primary school. As a result of this intervention, many first generation students have been able to step out and get employed, alcoholism has reduced, there has been an increase in the number of girls getting educated and incidences of child marriage have gone down.

  • MV Foundation

    Organisation Details:

    Name: MV Foundation

    Category: Primary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from marginalized communities

    States: Telangana State

    Period: Aug 2007 to Sep 2014

    Name: MV Foundation

    Category: Primary Education

    States: Telangana State

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    MV Foundation seeks to address the right of every child by ensuring formal school education for all. Its key objective is to help build the capacity of the communities to withdraw their children from labour / work and get them back into the formal education system. MVF believes in working with the government to strengthen its education system and implement the tenets of RTE so that every child can be ensured education till Class 8 without disruption. By building local community based institutions like the School Management Committees( SMC), Child Rights Protection Forum (CRPF) and Teachers' Forum for Child Rights (TFCR), it ensures that everybody in the village or area is aware of and working towards the protection of child rights. This strategy is now being replicated not only across the country but in Africa and Latin America as well.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been supporting the improvement of primary education in Nalgonda district in Telangana covering 226 schools across 9 Mandals. The project ensures the proper implementation of the RTE Act in the region, regular attendance by all children and strengthening of the School Management Committees (SMCs) so that it can act as an efficient monitoring body. Through extra-curricular activities like sports, drawing, elocution, essay writing, celebrating annual days etc and libraries, children are given an opportunity to express themselves better and become more confident.

    Subject Forums are held for various subjects like Maths, Science, Telegu, Physics, English and Social Science where teachers from various government schools showcase easy and innovative ways of teaching the subjects.

  • Noida Deaf Society

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Noida Deaf Society

    Category: Vocational Training and Remedial Education for the Hearing Impaired

    Target Beneficiary Group: Hearing impaired youth and children from socio-economically communities

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,250 youth under Vocational Training through a three year period and 100 children per year under Remedial Education

    States: Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

    Period: April 2009 till date

    Name: Noida Deaf Society

    Category: Vocational Training and Remedial Education for the Hearing Impaired

    States: Noida (Uttar Pradesh)

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    India lags behind when it comes to assimilating people with disabilities into mainstream society. Lack of understanding about the need of these people and lack of access to special education undermines the abilities of the differently abled thereby marginalizing them further. When it comes to the Hearing Impaired (HI), a lot of emphasis is laid on getting them to speak as it is considered a medical condition. Added to this, there are a lot of misconceptions about using sign language due to which even families are also not equipped to handle their wards' disability.

    Noida Deaf Society works with the Hearing Impaired youth from the economically weaker sections of the society to help them focus on their abilities rather than their disabilities. Since many such children lag behind in studies, NDS provides remedial education in order to strengthen their knowledge foundation and help them perform better in school. These classes as well as the primary education of children between 5 to 12 years of age are held in sign language and are taught by trained HI people.

    Vocational trainings in Indian Sign Language, English Communication skills, Desktop Publishing, MS Office, Key Boarding Skills, Graphic Design, Life Skills and Work Ethics are taught with the aim of making the HI self reliant and economically independent. NDS has tie ups with various corporate houses who employ Hearing Impaired people for their backend work such as Costa Coffee Chain, KFC, Agro Tech Foods Ltd, Dominos and Axis Bank. NDS also train and sensitise these organizations about the abilities and restrictions of working with the Hearing Impaired.

  • PPES

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Pardada-Pardadi Education Society (PPES)

    Category: Formal Education (Senior Classes)

    Target Beneficiary Group: Girls from under-privileged sections of the society

    Total Beneficiaries: 370 girls for the year 2012-13

    States: Uttar Pradesh

    Period: November 2007 till date

    Name: Pardada-Pardadi Education Society (PPES)

    Category: Formal Education (Senior Classes)

    States: Uttar Pradesh

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    Pardada Pardadi Educational Society (PPES) started a development initiative called the Pardada Pardadi Girls Vocational School (PPGVS) with the prime objective of empowering girl children through free education and vocational training. The society is driven by gender bias which encourages violence and discrimination against women in many forms. Some of these are lack of education, early marriage, chronic undernourishment, lack of access to health care and no financial independence. PPES work in Anupsahar in Uttar Pradesh where gender bias is more acute as reflected in the large number of out of school girls in the region.

    Through PPGS, PPES provides free education, study material, meals, health checkups, bicycles for those staying far, uniforms and vocational skills training to most girls from families residing in the region. A cash based incentive not only encourages them to attend full classes, but also gives them the opportunity to save for the future. This incentive is extended to students from Class 6 (INR 10 for each day) to Class 12 (INR 20 for each day). Libraries, computer training, participation in SPIC MACAY, NCC as cadets, sports, exposure visits, exchange programmes, volunteering at the centre and English speaking classes have helped these girls to become confident and self assured individuals. Students have the choice of going in for higher studies at the centre or learning a skill which can help them join the textile industry there. All students are given placements after passing out.

    Axis Bank Foundation supports the education and learning of 370 girls at the centre and helps them become financially independent, socially empowered and responsible individuals.

  • Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children with hearing impairment

    Total Beneficiaries: 379 girls and boys

    States: West Bengal

    Period: Nov 2007 to Oct 2016

    Name: Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra

    Category: Special Education for Persons with Disability

    States: West Bengal

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    Pratibandhi Kalyan Kendra ( PKK) started work in 1974 with a belief that a world can exist which does not discriminate people on their abilities or its lack thereof. In the process, PKK has developed a deeper understanding of the social aspects of these disabilities and worked towards creating opportunities for inclusion of children with various disabilities. Their diverse programs include Clinics, Inclusion & Guidance Centres, Special Schools, Vocational-training Units, Community Based Services and Income generating activities.

    Since 2007, Axis Bank Foundation has supported PKK's 'Center for Education, Guidance & Inclusion of Children with Deafness' project. Under this project, young children admitted in the PKK pre-school are assisted in developing natural speech and language through an early identification process in the Audiology Clinic. Children with hearing impairment are then ensured admission in mainstream schools after creating awareness in parents and these schools. PKK continues to provide ongoing audiological assessment and management, language training and speech therapy, remedial educational support and facilitate in accessing schemes under the government. Very recently ABF has supported PKK to set up an Audiological set up in PKK centre. Need based functional education is given to those children who cannot be integrated in general schools for various reasons such as late detection, lack of parental support, economic conditions etc

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    65% of PKK's students under this project belong to the economically weaker sections of the society.

  • Shishu Sarothi

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Shishu Sarothi

    Category:Special Education for people with multiple disabilities

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children and adults with multiple disabilities

    Total Beneficiaries: 262 individuals

    States: Assam

    Period: Sep 2010 to Aug 2016

    Name: Shishu Sarothi

    Category: Special Education for people with multiple disabilities

    States: Assam

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    Shishu Sarothi works with the vision to empower people with disabilities in Northeast India through education, training and rehabilitation, employment, legal awareness programmes and advocacy to secure the rights of persons with disabilities in the region.

    Axis Bank Foundation partners with Shishu Sarothi to provide avenues for cognitive, physical and socio-emotional development. The focus of the project is to help them develop self-help and functional skills through academics and extracurricular activities such as sports, arts and crafts, music and other recreational activities. Shishu Sarothi also advocates and prepares children with disability to be mainstreamed in regular schools and counsels parents / guardians and build their capacity to deal with the situation. Through the Information Communication Technology Lab (ICT Lab), Shishu Saroathi aims to make people with physical and mental disability computer literate. The training, education and the hand-on experience of the students are standardised with a curriculum that is employment oriented.

  • SUPPORT

    Organisation Details:

    Name: SUPPORT (Society Undertaking Poor Peoples Onus for Rehabilitation)

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Street children

    Total Beneficiaries: 109 girls and boys for the year 2014-2015

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: June 2009 to May 2015

    Name: SUPPORT

    Category: Non-Formal & Supplementary Education

    States: Maharashtra

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    SUPPORT, a Mumbai based organization, aims to prevent high risk behaviour in street children and homeless youth due to substance abuse. This is done through a process of detoxification, rehabilitation and mainstreaming. SUPPORT has developed its own methodology called "FLUTE" (Freedom, Listening, Understanding, Transformation, and Enjoyment) to help eradicate substance abuse and give the children in the age group of 6 to 18years a chance to lead a happy and productive life.

    Axis Bank Foundation has been partnering with SUPPORT since 2009 to provide education to street children between 6 to 18years of age and help them get into the formal education system. Through this programme, the children with substance abuse are first detoxified and then shifted to the residential Rehabilitation Centres. Through Non-Formal Education (NFE) classes and in-house coaching in these centres, trained teachers help them attain social skills and a learning level which is age appropriate. The children are then put into formal schools.

    In-house classes are conducted post mainstreaming to improve the learning abilities of these children and their performance levels besides helping them cope with the rigors and discipline of school education which they are not used to. Group and individual sessions are conducted to help the children deal with issues faced by them. While individual sessions target child-specific issues, group sessions cover topics like personal hygiene, cleanliness, addiction, values etc.

    Through this programme, many children have found employment and a few have been reinstated with their families as well.

  • SPJ Sadhana School

    Organisation Details:

    Name: SPJ Sadhana School

    Category: Vocational Training

    Target Beneficiary Group: Differently abled children and adults

    Total Beneficiaries: 131 students for the year 2013-14

    States: Maharashtra

    Period: May 2008 till date

    Name: SPJ Sadhana School

    Category: Vocational Training

    States: Maharashtra

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    Being mentally handicapped can lead to a lot of restriction for the individual as well as for the families who are not able to understand their needs well. SPJ Sadhana School, an ISO 9000-2008 certified organisation, believes in nurturing the special talent that each individual possess and help them to perform their tasks well. SPJ Sadhana School has been working with the mentally handicapped people for more than three decades and is now an internationally renowned resource centre for training people with special needs. Special and unorthodox techniques are developed, used and upgraded continuously to make the learning process enjoyable. They work with the aim to make these people self reliant and help them become a productive member of the society.

    Over the years, SPJ Sadhana School has developed a special five years vocational course which nurtures the unique talent of every individual. Some of the students have been placed in prestigious organisations like Taj Group of Hotels, Hotel Four Seasons, diamond sorting business, beauty salons, personal bakeries and sheltered workshops like Shraddha Charitable Trust and Om Creations.

    SPJ takes pride in training dedicated Special Teachers who teach in various classes held in the school. Axis Bank Foundation has been supporting the salaries of ten such teachers thus affecting 131 students directly. Among its many firsts, this school is the also the only school to train its teachers in both the Israeli method of “Let’s Talk Maths” as well as the Feurenstein Method of Instrumental Enrichment. It has now become known as a learning ground for newer and effective methods of teaching the mentally challenged.

  • TRDC

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Tropical Research and Development Centre (TRDC)

    Category: Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from rural areas

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,250 girls and boys per year from Haveri district

    States: Karnataka

    Period: September 2014 - September 2015

    Name: Tropical Research and Development Centre (TRDC)

    Category: Supplementary Education

    States: Karnataka

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    Due to high level of poverty and lack of livelihood opportunities, the families in Haveri district of North Karnataka continue to push their children to earn money. With 43% of population being landless agricultural labourers, incidence of child labour is very high in the district. TRDC has been working in the region with the aim to reduce child labour, ensure their basic right to education and encourage the girl children to continue their education beyond Class 7. Through their Ashakiran project, rural communities and school managements have been able to promote quality education and propagate child rights.

    Axis Bank Foundation has partnered with TRDC since 2008 to support 2,250 beneficiaries every year in 75 centres to receive remedial education leading to better academic performance. In the early stages of the programme, bridge education was provided to out-of-school children in subjects like English, Maths and Kannada for a year post which they were mainstreamed into formal schools. Post mainstreaming, the children were provided remediation to help them stay at par with the classes. Science exhibitions and fairs, exposure visits, picnics and other cultural programmes help the students to remain interested in education, display their talents and also explore the world beyond their community.

    Regular meetings with parents ensure a continued interest in the progress of their children's education and health. Girl children are encouraged and supported in their higher education through sponsorships.

  • Eklavya

    Organisation Details:

    Name: Eklavya Foundation

    Category: Supplementary Education

    Target Beneficiary Group: Children from rural and tribal regions

    Total Beneficiaries: 2,751 girls and boys in the current year (2013-14) from four blocks of Madhya Pradesh

    States: Madhya Pradesh

    Period: May 2007 to March 2014

    Name: Eklavya Foundation

    Category: Supplementary Education

    States: Madhya Pradesh

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    Eklavya Foundation started with the objective of making education creative and innovative rather than the drudgery as it is perceived. Their learning packages contain materials which are based on innovative experiments, rooted in local environment and need and are field tested. Eklavya works closely with government and non-government agencies to mainstream these learning materials into formal course curriculum.

    Besides curricular research and advocacy for curriculum change, Eklavya has started the Shiksha Protsahan Kendras (SPKs) to involve the community in the learning process of its first generation learners. Eklavya is involved in furthering the pedagogies developed, train the teachers on the new modules and build alliances with other institutions and NGOs. Axis Bank Foundation continues to support the functioning of 60 SPKs where children from marginalized communities (tribals, backward classes) attend classes to strengthen their conceptual understanding of Hindi, and Maths. Students from Classes 1 to 5 are first assessed, put in different groups based on their competencies and then hand held throughout the year.

    To integrate this method into the school systems, Anuvartankartas train the school teachers in the new ways of teaching. Exposure visits are planned for the SPK children, SPK teachers and community members to help in their involvement in the process. A small library in the SPK encourages reading habit in the students.