Education is a powerful tool to drive change in communities. Our aim is to invest in initiatives that deliver high-quality, inclusive education and promote learning opportunities for all, focusing on underserved youth in rural areas.
To sensitize the students and community to personal hygiene, a sanitation complex with a handwashing facility was established at the government High School in Pejavara, Dakshina Kannada.
In addition, two toilet blocks have been refurbished in government schools in Kalavaru, Dakshina Kannada. In order to provide access to safe and clean drinking water, RO water systems were installed in Government schools in Dakshina Kannada.
In the wake of the health risk posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, a blended learning model was facilitated. Our implementation partner, Agastya International Foundation, was quick to adapt to the situation at hand and transformed the outreach from a physical mode of instruction to online education to minimize the health risks without compromising student learning.
The EPL program is a digital e-learning platform to cater to the needs of students in rural areas and enhance their self-learning and exploration skills. With the principle of accessibility in mind, this program encouraged students to learn and explore through household materials and real-life scenarios.
Upon reopening of schools, a Mobile Science Unit, equipped with more than 100 science models, provided hands-on face-to-face learning opportunities to the students in small batches with necessary protective measures in place.
This initiative benefited more than 1,600 students in 14 government schools by providing more than 46,000 virtual and over 6,000 face-to-face interactions. In addition, virtual training programs were conducted for the teachers to refresh their teaching methods and shift to a more child-centric approach, thus enhancing positive behavioral change in young students.
In this initiative, children took part in workshops in arts and crafts, low-cost model building and other activities through WhatsApp groups. The purpose was to keep them engaged in learning activities, help them discover interests and enhance their independence, self-confidence and self-sufficiency.
To facilitate the teachers’ professional development and refine their STEM skills while adopting new approaches to learning assessment, we held virtual capacity building sessions via Google Classroom.
This program, conducted virtually, supported the students of grades nine and ten to understand their personalities and aptitudes and their interests to choose the right stream to pursue their career aspirations.
CHAMPS is a program that nurtures a generation of empowered change-makers by fostering social responsibility.
The expert team from Narayana Health has trained students from classes eight and nine. Equipped with blood pressure (BP) monitors to screen for high blood pressure, students improve health-seeking behavior and promote healthy lifestyles in their communities to prevent the early onset of hypertension and associated cardiovascular ailments. Interactive visual aids are being used to deliver engaging lessons. Repeated training ensured the proper use of the BP monitor and understanding of BP screening and hypertension concepts.