Hero Moto Corp. CSR initiative harnessing technology to improve the Education in Haryana
The state of Education in government schools has been a concern for a long time! And now after the result of board examinations in which more than 50% of children in around 11 government schools have failed to qualify the examinations, this is an alarming situation. Changed policies, increased enrollments, increased retention, provisions for books and infrastructural requirements haven’t much flipped the state of education. Stats show Government schools are in shambles and the reasons are many: There are more than 30,000 vacancies in Haryana schools and over 800 schools are without a principal. There is an acute shortage of teachers in the government schools and mass recruitment can be a pain. Under the Automatic Promotion Policy that came into force on April 1, 2010 introduced by RTE act, each child is given free education and compulsory promotion up to standard VIII, until August 03, 2017 this was revisited last year and scrapped for classes 5-8. The number of students is increasing and the no. of skilled teachers decreasing According to reports, over 90% of the teachers aren’t well equipped to teach students of different learning levels together Available technology solutions in the market alone do not cater to every child’s learning needs and also aren’t affordable. Not all parents can afford private tuitions and other solutions in the market for their children Other than these the other barriers to quality primary education include: high dropout rates, teacher absenteeism and low teaching quality; and outmoded pedagogies and insufficient resources to implement contemporary teaching methods. Concentrated efforts need to be made in the field of education. Technology has completely transformed the fundamentals of our life and it is time that it gets incorporated in the school curriculum too. Hero Moto Corp and Raman Kant Munjal Foundation’s CSR initiative, The Saksham Tech Pilot, aims to digitise education for government schools in Haryana. This initiative aims to improve the disarray of education in Haryana, by implementing a sustainable model for the government schools in which children will be taught through tablabs. Commencing in July 2018, TabLabs would be set up in 10 schools in Haryana, enabling students to reap utmost benefits from the Tab-Labs, as these would give kids the opportunity to explore and discern their own pattern of learning. Children would now be taught according to their level. This project also aims to ease the burden on the school management and the teachers. The 30 schools have been split into 3 groups of 10 schools each that would be taken up by different interventions. Tab -Labs would be set up in 10 schools, by the technology partner -Convegenius. Convegenius, Kings Learning, OnlineTyari, and IDreamCareer are coming together for this pilot project. All the organizations have been brought together by Samagra Development Associates, group of young enthusiasts willing to bring a change in Haryana through impactdriven initiatives. As Haryana Government Schools are in a dwindling state, such initiatives are the need of the hour! State looks forward to a successful pilot.
CSR: Girl Rising and Vodafone Foundation present a game to break gender stereotypes
Ruksana’s family is “pavement dwellers” – living on the streets of Kolkata, India, where her father has sacrificed everything to send his daughters to school. Ruksana’s life is filled with danger but she escapes into her artwork and draws strength from her father’s resolve. Amina is constrained by Afghan society, confined by her gender and expected only to serve men. But this child bride has had enough. She is determined to reject the limitations prescribed by society and to lead others to do the same. Though her brothers go to school, Suma is forced into bonded labor at age 6. The Nepali girl endures years of grueling work by expressing her sorrow in beautiful music and lyrics. Suma glimpses a different future by learning to read, the first step on the road to freedom. Ruksana, Amina and Suma are inspiration for millions of girls in India and across the world who are fighting to break the gender-based barriers for accessing education and livelihood opportunities. Recognising the urgent need to address behaviours and mindsets that lead to perpetuation of gender-discriminatory practices, Vodafone Foundation and Girl Rising came together to connect with adolescents and youth using the power of storytelling. This led to the development of Girl Rising Game, a unique androidbased game that leverages popular Match-3 puzzle game genre to create awareness about such practices and empower users to lead change. The game was developed under Vodafone Foundation’s ‘Solutions for Good’ initiative that develops technology solutions for addressing social issues and creating large scale social impact. NASSCOM Foundation is the implementation partner for the initiative. Girl Rising Game has adapted and gamified four real stories from ‘Girl Rising’s flagship film ‘Woh Padhegi, Who Udegi’ to inculcate a better understanding of the barriers to education, and of the commonly held and revered beliefs that fester gender-based discrimination. Vodafone Foundation has supported Girl Rising in the design and development of this educative and engaging game. P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India Ltd, said “Foundation has consistently focused on harnessing relevant technology solutions for addressing critical areas of women empowerment and education. The launch of Girl Rising Game is a result of this strong commitment and a robust partnership with Girl Rising. Using gamification, it addresses the long pertaining issue of gender discrimination with the youth in a more relatable way.”
Backward districts get less CSR fund location
India Inc’s CSR funding embrace wealthiest cities, backward districts lag behind Pune district tops the list in receiving the highest amount of CSR funding, followed by Mumbai City District and Bangalore Rural district. Around 44 districts on the ‘backward-districts’ list by Niti Ayog, never got any CSR fund allocation. The India Inc. has spent more than Rs 28,000 crore in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities in three years between 2014-15 and 2016-17, according to the data compiled by ministry of corporate affairs. The Companies Act, 2013, mandates that Indian corporates, both public and private, to allocate at least two percent of their net profits towards corporate social CSR. This is a huge amount, but has the amount being spent responsibly? If we analyse the CSR spending by Indian corporates district-wise, the wealthiest districts comes out as major beneficiaries and the backward districts continued to lag behind. Pune district tops the chart with the inflow of around Rs 444 crore during the same period. Followed by Mumbai City district (Rs 414 crore), Bangalore Rural district (Rs 374 crore) and Ahmedabad district (Rs 357 crore). These are followed by many other wealthier districts such as Gurugram District, Gautam Budh Nagar district (Noida), Vadodara district and Surat district etc. The financial capital of India, Mumbai, is the wealthiest city in the country and is home to highest number of billionaires and millionaires. The second largest city in the state of Maharashtra, Pune, is known for automobile industries and information technology companies. The per capita income of Pune district is around Rs 2 lakh as on March 31, 2017. Even other cities in the top ten list are among the wealthiest cities in India. Gurugram has a per capita income of more than Rs 3 lakh and Surat, which is also known as the diamond city of
Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD & CEO, Hero Motocorp
P. Balaji, Director – Regulatory, External Affairs & CSR, Vodafone India