Upkram Educational Foundation working towards improving the learning outcomes of children
14th of November is observed as Children's Day in India. Children are the foundation of a society and they deserve to grow up in a nurturing environment which allows them the freedom to explore possibilities.
14th of November is observed as Children's Day in India. Children are the foundation of a society and they deserve to grow up in a nurturing environment which allows them the freedom to explore possibilities. However, in a country like ours, does every child get the freedom to choose what they want to become in life?
Are the children from marginalized communities given the right education that empowers them to dream big?
Children from low income groups and disadvantaged communities, like Dalit, Bahujan, Adivasi groups,etc. often face social exclusion due to their identity and their lack of basic education. They struggle to even succeed in the basics such as reading and writing even while they are in upper primary schools. To bridge this gap and help strengthen the young individuals' foundational language, 'Upkram Educational Foundation',a not-for-profit organization, is working towards improving the learning outcomes of children from underserved communities in rural public schools of Sonbhadra in Uttar Pradesh. They support their foundational literacy challenges for better life outcomes. Through their efforts, they are trying to alter the perception of government schools and develop them as centres for conducive learning and joyful space.
They focus on a three-fold approach where they engage children in thematic language sessions, build the capacity of teachers in language education and develop a cohort of young women and youth who ensure a systemic change can take place through education.
To achieve this, Upkram has designed the below programs-
1. School Learning Program- A five-year program with the government primary schools with the focus to make schools conducive learning spaces to strengthen foundational language and improve learning outcomes of students.
2. Padhne Ki Ghanti- A one-year program to develop a vibrant children's library in a government primary school to promote language development and support the foundational literacy of children.
3. Women & Youth Engagement Program- A two-year experiential journey to work with local women and youth of 20-30 years. We mentor and build the capacity by focusing on self-growth, develop them to be empathetic community educators, and learn digital literacy, thus creating a sustainable livelihood opportunity
To meet the financial requirements to implement these programs, Upkram has set up a fundraiser on Milaap, India's first zero-fee crowdfunding platform. The fundraiser has successfully raised more INR 3.25 Lakhs with donations ranging from Rs 100 to Rs 25000. With the amount raised, Upkram has been able to impact more than 3000 children, 50 educators and 11 schools in Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh.