Hyderabad: There is no person in the country who doesn’t know about Airtel, the largest private sector mobile operator. Airtel’s parent group owned Bharti Foundation, a CSR arm has announced its plans to open 25 senior secondary schools for under privileged children across country. The foundation opened first such school under its Adarsh program in Punjab.
Bharti Foundation plans to open schools in rural areas is aimed to bring Innovative Public Private Partnership model to take quality education to the underprivileged. The proposed Schools to offer quality education to children with special focus on English language, computer based learning skills
Bharti Foundation, which is in to large scale CSR activity for a long time, has already set up 236 primary schools for underprivileged children in Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP and Tamil Nadu under its Satya Bharti School program.
These schools, which will be set up over the next 3 years under the PPP model, will offer quality education to children with special focus on English language, computer based learning. These schools also plan to impart vocational training skills to students in future to make them employable.
The first of these schools was inaugurated today in Distt. Amritsar, Punjab under the Adarsh Scheme of the Punjab Government. Under the Adarsh Scheme, the Punjab Government will be providing land to Bharti Foundation on a 99 years lease. The Punjab Government and Bharti Foundation will have an equal share of the total capital expenditure incurred towards setting up the schools and seventy percent of the operating expenditure will be borne by the Punjab Government. Bharti Foundation will be responsible for the operational processes, teacher training processes, innovative teaching methodologies, monitoring and evaluation and the successful implementation of the program in these schools.
In the long run, Bharti Foundation plans to set up a total of 500 primary schools and 50 senior secondary schools under its Satya Bharti School program. These 550 primary and senior secondary schools are expected to benefit over 200,000 underprivileged children.
The Government Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary Schools in Punjab will follow the CBSE curriculum and will have facilities like computers, labs, libraries, innovative teaching aids, sports facilities and teacher training facilities. The schools shall have quality teachers and dedicated staff to ensure highest learning levels and imparting of holistic education to the students.