What is Sikshana?
Sikshana is a methodology aimed at improving the quality of education in state-run schools, so as to provide an opportunity for children from the lower strata of society to raise their living standards. In the process, we expect to help dispel the negative image people have of the public (or government) school system. Sikshana also aim at developing a sustainable model which lends itself to replication at higher levels.
Who are the people behind the programme?
We are a set of individuals committed to the cause of improving the quality of primary and secondary education in government schools in India. Our programme is managed by Sikshana Foundation (formerly known as Sivasri Charitable Trust), formed for this purpose. The Foundation raises the necessary resources through networking among like-minded persons and organisations. It is being implemented in close co-ordination with the State Government and its agencies.
What is its field of operation now?
Sikshana started off on a quest to create a scalable model to improve the learning levels in government primary schools. As of the 2010-11 academic year, Sikshana is working in 366 primary schools across Kanakapura, Hoskote, Kalghatgi, Chikballapur, Gouribidanuru and Anekal taluks in Karnataka and in Madanapalli taluk in Andhra Pradesh and Baruch in Gujarat. Currently in its second year of intervention, a Sikshana programme is being developed for high schools—currently 34 government high schools in Kanakapura taluk are under the programme.
What are the unique features of Sikshana?
Our programme is built around a few core concepts, which distinguish it from various other attempts in the field. Our attempt is just not towards improving the state of a few schools or a few children studying therein. Rather it is aimed at evolving a sustainable model, which will lend itself to replication on a larger scale.
It focuses on the child as the sole beneficiary of all efforts; in cases where its interests clash with those of others around it, the former prevails.
We believe that the interest of the child can and should be served even if the community and / or the parents are not adequately motivated towards this objective.
Mobilisation and deployment of resources under our programme is solely for the enhancement of the learning levels of the children. All proposals for expenditure are strictly judged against this criterion.
If you have more to time to spare for the cause and would like to take up a challenging responsibility, you can even adopt a school under this programme in your own neighborhood; Sikshana will lend all support to your efforts and help it grow.
[In such cases, Sikshana has built-in mechanisms to ensure that the funds are used only for the purposes for which they are intended]
A corporate entity can also help us in our efforts to promote specific public causes and programmes. A typical instance is the development of suitable multimedia content in Kannada for use with the PCs being deployed in the public school system.
How do I send my remittances to Sikshana?
The remittances have to be sent only as cheques drawn in favor of "Sivasri Charitable Trust". We have no provision to take online / credit card payments at this stage. The donations qualify for 50% tax deduction under Section 80G of the IT Act in India.
Donation from USA will also qualify for appropriate tax exemption if the amount is sent through Vibha with instructions for remittance to Sikshana. For details please send an email to us.