Bharti Foundation expands its Quality Support initiative in rural Telangana

• Bharti Foundation’s Satya Bharti Quality Support Program being extended to 15 Government schools in Rajanna Sircilla District, in addition to the 15 Government schools already receiving support in the State
• The Program is now reaching out to over 6,000 students and over 300 teachers across 30 Government schools in the State 

New Delhi, November 9, 2017: Bharti Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises, today announced the expansion of its quality education initiative, the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program, to 15 additional Government schools in Telangana’s Rajanna Sircilla District. The Program, already operational through a MoU signed in July 2016 between Bharti Foundation and Department of School Education, Government of Telangana, is currently running in 15 Government schools of undivided Yellareddypet Mandal in Karimnagar District of the State.

Post the current expansion, the Quality Support Program will be operational in a total of 30 schools in four Mandals – Yellareddypet, Veernapally, Sirsilla and Thangallapalle – in Rajanna Sircilla District reaching out to over 6,000 students and 300 teachers. (Refer to Annexure A for school names)

The Satya Bharti Quality Support Program as an initiative is focused on Government Schools. Through this program, Bharti Foundation engages with the school leadership, teachers, students and communities to enhance the schooling experience and strive for excellence. The approach focuses on identifying, integrating and optimizing best practices from Satya Bharti Schools with the intent of encouraging innovation, participation, ownership and facilitating sustainable change. Currently, the program is being run in 369 Government schools directly impacting 1,55,904 students and 5,804 teachers across nine states of India.

Before expanding the Program to the 15 additional schools, a survey by a four-member committee comprising of teachers was undertaken in order to take stock of the impact of the Program in the existing schools in the state. After due assessment, the committee reported significant improvement in the schooling experience of students in those schools and therefore, it recommended the Program’s expansion to schools in other Mandals of the District.

Dr. D. Radha Kishan, District Education Officer, Rajanna Sircilla had words of praise for the Program. He said, “I would like to appreciate the efforts of Bharti Foundation while conducting innovative activities for students, teachers, parents and SMC at school as well as Mandal levels for improving students’ education experience. In addition to academic activities under the Program, the support of Bharti Foundation towards co-curricular activities such as Inter-School Sports Meet and Inter-District Sports Competition encouraged students to prepare for the higher levels of competition.”

Vijay Chadda, CEO, Bharti Foundation added, “Since its inception, Bharti Foundation has been successfully implementing and supporting programs in the field of education. Our Satya Bharti Quality Support Program works towards transferring the learning and best practices from Satya Bharti Schools to Government schools in order to add value to the schooling experience of Government school students. The Program, in its implementation so far, has shown positive results and its expansion now to 15 additional Government Schools in Telangana is a matter of great honor for us.”

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, with a focus on the girl child,   across rural India through its flagship initiative - the Satya Bharti School Program. In the year 2016, the Foundation completed 10 successful years of the Satya Bharti School Program. The impact of quality education is being scaled up by transferring the learning and best practices of the Satya Bharti School Program to Government Schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program and Satya Bharti Learning Centre 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 currently reaching out to over 2,00,000 students through over 2,000 schools/centres, engaging 7,000 teachers across 13 Indian states through its initiatives in the education sector. In addition, the programs have impacted over 1.5 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 17,800 individual toilets, directly benefitting more than 87,000 beneficiaries in the district of Ludhiana. On 15th July 2017, the Foundation announced the expanded outreach of the sanitation initiative in rural Amritsar