Critical issues and challenges facing the education sector in India.
One of the biggest problems facing development space in India is providing quality education to underprivileged children and this challenge is much more in Uttar Pradesh (UP). With Right to Education (RTE) enrolment % of children in schools has gone up but quality of education remains a deterrent to the progress.
Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2016 finds that 57% of the Class V children in UP cannot even read Class II Hindi textbooks. These precious years spent in school with no learning is a huge loss to these underprivileged children and their families and takes away any potential opportunity of these children emerging out of chronic poverty. E&H Foundation aims to address this critical problem at scale.
Setting up E&H Foundation to tackle the growing education crisis in India
E&H Foundation was set up in September 2012 to ‘enable quality education and health services for the underprivileged in India, with a special focus on Uttar Pradesh.’
Since inception, E&H Foundation has enabled quality education for approximately 19,000 children in three districts of Uttar Pradesh – Farrukhabad, Lucknow, and Kanpur. In 2019-20, we are educating 7500 children 50% of whom are girls, in partnership with two proven models.
Since the issue of quality education demands scale, we decided to employ the strategy of building long term partnerships with implementing organisations, which have proven successful and replicable models on the ground, as well as with like-minded individuals and corporate houses, who understand critical development challenges and want to address the inequities in our society.
So far, we have partnered with two uniquely different yet successful models providing education from classes 1-5 and achieved huge impact on the ground. More than 80% children in our program are first generation learners and over 50% students under the program are girls.
Founder Trustees provided initial seed funding to launch the program on the ground and since then we have steadily developed partnerships with over 10 corporate houses and over 500 individual donors to fund our programs. Our trustees continue to fund all overhead costs thus ensuring 100% of all donations going directly towards the education of children under our programme.
E&H Foundation would enable quality education and health for the underprivileged.
E&H Foundation aims to provide quality education to 100,000 children by 2025 in the state of Uttar Pradesh.
E&H Foundation would focus from class 1 to class 10. We believe that every citizen in the country needs quality education at least till class 10 to be employed meaningfully and achieve full potential in any field.
E&H Foundation follows the dictum – “Think Big – Start Small – Scale Fast”. The foundation is following the approach outlined below to achieve its vision and mission:
- Identify successful existing models that can provide quality education
- Scaling these proven models in the state of UP
- Raising resources to support these models
- Documenting, researching and raising awareness about the robustness of these models
- Creating favourable policy environments to facilitate expansion of such models
At E&H Foundation we practice highest levels of transparency and governance and all our financial records and audited statements can be accessed here on our website.
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