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Bharti Foundation brings the ‘Learning with Leaders’ series to Ludhiana

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Ø  Through this series, the Foundation invites exceptional educationists to share their inspirational journey with teachers & Principals across rural India
Ø  In the Ludhiana series, Ms. Ameeta Mulla Wattal, Principal, Spring dales School, Delhi shares her unique insights with Principals and teachers under Bharti Foundation’s education initiatives
Ø  Bharti Foundation facilitated this inspirational series in Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Sherpur Kalan and Sat Paul Mittal School, Ludhiana

26th July, Ludhiana: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, organised the ‘Learning with Leaders’ series in Ludhiana (Punjab). At the event, Ms. Ameeta Mulla Wattal,Principal, Springdales School, Delhi, was invited to address Principals and teachers under the Foundations various education initiatives. Ms. Wattal first shared her motivational insights at Satya Bharti School, Sherpur Kalan village with teachers from the school and then addressed visiting Principals from schools that fall under the purview of the Foundation’s Quality Support Program in Jammu & Kashmir, at Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana city.

This initiative is part of the Foundation’s efforts to recognise exceptional leaders in the field of education. Through the ‘Learning with Leaders’ series, Bharti Foundation invites inspirational educationists to share their learning and expertise with not only the attending teachers and Principals but also with the Bharti Foundation team.

Ms Ameeta Mulla Wattal is a prolific educator and has been honoured with several National and international awards. She is a member of eminent Boards and steering committees including NCERT, NEUPA, CBSE, etc. She is an active contributor to curriculum development at the State and National level and is passionate about sharing her expertise with educationists. In her lecture today, Ms. Wattal elaborated on the importance of directing and supporting effective management of scholastic as well as co-scholastic aspects of education. In addition to promoting students’ performance in academics, she shared the importance of imparting life-skills at the school level. She shared, “Teachers play the role of leaders when they hone the creative and critical thinking skills of her/his students successfully.”

Speaking on the occasion Ms. Mamta Saikia, COO, Bharti Foundation said,“It is an honour and a privilege to welcome the eminent educationist, Ms Ameeta Mulla Wattal in our midst. Bharti Foundation is committed to transforming students, who are often first-generation learners, into employable and responsible citizens; this requires the presence of a strong school leadership especially in the rural context. Our education programs are designed to equip teachers and Principals with tools to deliver quality education in remote rural regions of the Nation. The ‘Leaning with Leaders’ series provides exposure as well as opportunities for cross-learning amongst educationists.”

About Bharti Foundation:
Bharti Foundation was set up in the year 2000 as the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises. It implements and supports programs in the field of primary, elementary, senior secondary and higher education. The Foundation provides free and quality education to underprivileged children across rural India through its flagship initiative - the Satya Bharti School Program. It also enhances the schooling experience in Government Schools under its Satya Bharti Quality Support Program and Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program. In the year 2016, the Foundation completed 10 successful years of the Satya Bharti School Program.

In addition to its primary focus area of education, the Foundation initiated ‘Satya Bharti Abhiyan’ in 2014, to improve sanitation facilities in rural Ludhiana and ‘Nyaya Bharti’ in 2015 to provide legal and financial assistance to deserving underprivileged under-trials languishing in jails across the country for petty offences.

Bharti Foundation is reaching out to over 2,00,000 students through over 1,800 schools/centres, engaging 7,000 teachers across 13 Indian states through its initiatives in the education sector. In addition, the programs have impacted over 1 million community members across rural India since inception. These programs have already been recognized as one of the largest private enterprise initiatives of the country in the education sector. Satya Bharti Abhiyan has also achieved the distinction of having delivered over 17,500 individual toilets, directly benefitting more than 86,000 beneficiaries in the villages of Ludhiana. The Abhiyan has commenced work in the urban areas of Ludhiana district under Phase II of the program; 201 toilets have already been provided to directly benefit more than 1,000 beneficiaries.

Our Programs:
Ø The Satya Bharti School Program:
The Satya Bharti School Program is the flagship initiative of Bharti Foundation. This rural education initiative provides quality education to underprivileged children, completely free of cost, with a special focus on the girl child. The program envisions transforming students into educated, confident, responsible and self-reliant employable citizens of India with a deep sense of commitment to their society. The program’s reach is multi-pronged, encouraging active involvement of the rural community, parents of students and like-minded organizations working in the field of education in India. Making a lasting and sustainable impact on the community where schools are present and finding innovative solutions, through its primary and senior secondary schools, to create replicable and scalable components in the program ensures delivery of quality education. The Satya Bharti School Program is being implemented with the intent to arrive at replicable and scalable components of quality education which may be adapted by the Government and other like-minded organizations. Reaching out to thousands of underprivileged children, the program, through its focus on holistic development, aims to bring forth a new generation of citizens eager to usher in positive change. Currently 249 primary/elementary Schools and five senior secondary schools are operational across Punjab, Rajasthan, Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and West Bengal reaching out to 44,311 children and employing 1,641 teachers. Focusing on the girl child [49% girl students] and the weaker sections of society [75% of children from SC/ST/OBC Communities], the program is one of the largest end-to-end education initiatives by a corporate group in the country.

Ø Satya Bharti Quality Support Program:
The Satya Bharti Quality Support Program is an education initiative with Government Schools. Through this program, Bharti Foundation engages the school leadership, teachers, students and communities to enhance the schooling experience and strive for excellence. The approach focuses on identifying, integrating and optimising best practices from Satya Bharti Schools with the intent of encouraging innovation, participation, ownership and facilitating a sustainable change. Currently, the program is being run in 324 Government schools directly impacting 1,24,849 students and 5,161 teachers across eight states of India.
Ø Satya Bharti Learning Centre Program:
Bharti Foundation operates a remedial/bridge courses program with an aim of bridging the education gap of out of school children and mainstreaming them into regular schools. The first phase of the program was deployed in partnership with the Government of Rajasthan and was scaled up to Madhya Pradesh and Jharkhand, extending program reach to the remote blocks of all three states. Currently, 207 Education Volunteers are engaged in teaching 3,871 out of school children, of which 49% are girls, enrolled at 202* Satya Bharti Learning Centres. Till now, 26,059 children have been mainstreamed, with the total impact reaching up to 33,192 children.
*1101 centres has been closed as most of the OOSC’s in these villages has been mainstreamed (number included in overallimpact)

Ø Nyaya Bharti 
'Nyaya Bharti' is one-of-its-kind corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative by Bharti Enterprises, one of India's most respected business groups. The primary objective of Nyaya Bharti is to provide aid to underprivileged undertrials who are first time accused of petty offences and require financial and legal assistance to apply for bail and release. It also extends assistance to poor convicts undergoing imprisonment for petty offences due to their inability to pay petty fine imposed by the court. Nyaya Bharti's Governing Board is headed by Justice A.S. Anand (Retired Chief Justice of India). The Nyaya Bharti initiative aims at providing legal assistance and creating awareness about the undertrials' legal rights while complementing the legal aid work being undertaken by National Legal Services Authority (NALSA) and State Legal Services Authority (SLSAs) set up under statute legislated by the Parliament. Under this initiative 49 bail orders have been obtained and the release of 48 underprivileged undertrials has been affected.

Ø Satya Bharti Abhiyan:
On 18th August 2014, Bharti Foundation launched the Satya Bharti Abhiyan, an initiative to improve sanitation facilities with rural Ludhiana as a focus area. Phase one of the program has been completed with individual toilets constructed and handed over across rural/urban Ludhiana; this includes close to 18,000 individual toilets directly impacting more than 87,000 beneficiaries. As well as provision of a separate toilet block for girls in 14 Government schools of rural Ludhiana as identified by Department of Education (Punjab). The Foundation recently announced launch of the Abhiyan in rural Amritsar.

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