Hero Moto Corp. CSR ini­tia­tive har­ness­ing tech­nol­ogy to im­prove the Ed­u­ca­tion in Haryana

Business Sphere - - CSR ACTIVITIES - HERO MOTO CORP. - By Our Correspondent

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

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