Hyderabad, January 31: Global search engine major Google and Bharti Foundation today announced a joint initiative to foster the education in rural India. With this arrangement, Google will extend financial support of 5 million dollar to the Satya Bharti Schools; run by Bharti Foundation. The funds will be used to upgrade 50 elementary schools run by Foundation in the states of Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthna and Uttar Pradesh. Google funded schools will be named as Satya Elementary schools.
Bharti Foundation provides education to underprivileged children in rural areas. Its flagship initiative, the Satya Bharti School Program, reaches out to over 30,000 children, with particular focus on the girl child, from socially and economically challenged backgrounds. The Foundation offers them access to free education through 236 village primary schools and one senior secondary school. Going forward an additional 15 primary and 4 senior secondary schools are scheduled to be opened in the next academic year.
Google will provide financial support to set up middle schools (classes VI -VIII) as well as help meet operational expenses to upgrade primary schools to elementary level. Once completed, this initiative will help upgrade 50 primary schools to elementary levels and will reach over 15,000 children. In addition, at full capacity this will provide employment and skill training to over 500 teachers.
Source: Press Release