Jun 7, 2019

Striving for Quality Education Together: Thank you for Enabling Futures of Underprivileged Children

Our mission is to impact 1 Lakh children by 2025
Our mission is to impact 1 Lakh children by 2025

In the academic year 2018-2019, E&H Foundation supported the education of ~7000 children through the GyanShala and Bharti Foundation models in the state of Uttar Pradesh from Std 1-5.

Of this, approximately 6200 children are covered under the GyanShala model in Farrukhabad and Lucknow districts and 720 students are supported through 3 operational Bharti schools in Farrukhabad from Std 1-5.

From a Participant to a Leader: The Unrivalled Joy of Giving Together

We started this project in September 2018 and have steadfastly moved on from a project leader to a superstar partner, all because of our supporters. We are now one of the top ranked organizations on Global Giving, thanks to the unwavering support from our donors and socially conscious individuals all over the globe.

So far, our project has raised $8581 and has made 64 new friends, all united for a good cause. Their recurring support and collective effort of supporting the education of children has enabled new horizons for E&H Foundation.

Reminiscing the Year That Was: Overview of our Primary Program in U.P.

Under the Primary Education Program in association with Gyanshala, E&H Foundation ran a total of 217 classes covering 5736 students from Class 1-3 in Farrukhabad and Lucknow in the year 2018-2019. 50% of our students under the program are girls. This is extremely good given the average % of girls in private and government schools in UP is much below 50%

Of these 5736 students in Uttar Pradesh, coverage in Farrukhabad is through 138 classes supporting the education of 3676 students and coverage in Lucknow is through 79 classes supporting the education of 2060 students from Std 1-3.

Your Support is Our Strength: This is What You Helped Us Acheive

  • We ran a total of 217 classes in over 100 localities (57 in Farrukhabad and 47 in Lucknow)
  • These classes are held in the poorest sections of UP, India and 80% of our students are first generation learners.
  • 50% of the children under our program are girls.
  • Average student per class in both districts is 26.
  • We enabled reading, writing and arithmetic abilities at the foundation level for ~7000 children (5736 from Std 1-3) and supported their education in 2018-2019.
  • We worked with marginalized families and encouraged them to send their children to classes regularly.
  • We maintained average attendance of 70% in all our classes. This good attendance is attained due to significant efforts made by project teachers and supervisors throughout the year, in motivating parents regarding the importance of attending classes for improved child performance.
  • Year- end assessments were conducted in the month of March 2019 in all the four subjects i.e. English, Hindi, Mathematics and projects. Exams were conducted in all the 138 classes being run in Farrukhabad, Of the total 3676 students enrolled in these classes, 86% of the students gave exams.
  • 66% students scored between 80% and 100% marks and only 4% sored below 40%.
  • Overall learning level of the students has been consistently good. Performance of each student was shared in the annual parents’ meetings. Report cards were handed over to all students and the graduated batches were enrolled into Class 2,3, and 4.

We Continue Writing Stories of Success: The Way Forward

I am delighted to report that one of our third graders, among many others, became the first in his family to ever read and write. Priyank* (name changed) has exceptional aptitude for logic and reasoning. He is an acknowledged scholar of his class, often finding his own way to solve questions, always challenging the status-quo in class. Priyank’s parents have never been to a school. His mother is a house wife and father is a wage labourer, earning somewhere between 200-250 per day.

Being the only one in his family to read and write efficiently in Hindi, Priyank can often be spotted reading the daily news to his family from the local newspaper. He feels that E&H Foundation classes have given him a lot of confidence and have made his base stronger than most of his friends in the basti. (slum). 

At present 60% of students in U.P cannot read words as yet. In such a scenario, this video of him reading the newspaper is a testament to the good work we are doing and results that we are trying to achieve.

In the absence of support from our donors, there is high probability that Priyank would not have achieved these strong foundational standards and would have dropped out of school years before he reached this level of learning. In the academic year 2019-2020, E&H Foundation aims to support the education of 7500 children like Priyank in the most dismal sections of India. I hope that you will continue being a part of our journey and keep engaging with our project in this new academic year. 

Year-end papers being checked in Farrukhabad Mar19
Year-end papers being checked in Farrukhabad Mar19
66% of students that gave exams scored b/w 80-100%
66% of students that gave exams scored b/w 80-100%
Priyank becomes first in his family to read&write
Priyank becomes first in his family to read&write
Home Visit:Field officer shares a moment w Priyank
Home Visit:Field officer shares a moment w Priyank
Proud parents pose with their kids post results
Proud parents pose with their kids post results
Mar 11, 2019

Continuing the Quest for Quality Education

Thank you for supporting us
Thank you for supporting us

In the current academic year (April 18- March 19), E&H Foundation is covering education of about 7000 children through the ‘Gyanshala’ and ‘Bharti School’ models.

We are running a total of 217 classes in Farrukhabad and Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh (U.P) in collaboration with Gyanshala, covering 5774 children from Class 1 -3 and rest from Class 4-5. Total coverage in Farrukhabad is through 138 classes covering 3645 children under the program from Class 1-3, approximately 50% of the whom are girls.

Our first project report, 'Globally giving for Ishika's dream' gave you an insight into our program on the field and an intimate look into one of our Class 3rd students, Ishika and her family based in Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh, India. Post-November, Ishika and her fellow classmates have undergone their Mid-term exams and have demonstrated tremendous learning outcomes.         

This month’s report focusses on their results and a general overview of our program, especially of Classes 1-3 and key activities undertaken since December 2018.

Colouring Bright Results for a Brighter Future

Mid-terms were conducted in three subjects i.e. English, Hindi and Mathematics for Class 1 students and for four subjects i.e. English, Hindi, Mathematics and Projects for Class 2 and 3.  Maximum marks were 40 for all papers and 30% was passing score.

I am happy to report that out of 3344 students who appeared for the mid-term examinations for Class 1-3 in November, 69% of them have scored marks between 80-100%. Their hard work and good result are due to the constant motivation of teachers and supervisors as well as the efforts of motivated parents supporting their kids in the pursual of attaining a quality education and sending them to class regularly. The first image attached shows an overview of students’ performance in the mid-terms.

As one can infer from the data in the image, only 2% have scored below 40% marks. E&H Foundation and its filed partners are constantly trying to improve processes on the ground to attain 100% performance results. We want to impact every student’s life is in a positive way, where they gain maximum learning and exposure by coming to class and continuing their education. This called for intensive community engagement and facilitating and creating further opportunities for field officers to motivate parents.

Community Engagement for Quality Education

A four-day workshop was organized for field supervisors in Farrukhabad during 20th-24th January. Field supervisors play an intricate role in the operations of our on-going classes. Along with teachers, they ensure the efficient functioning of our model on the ground. Supervisors are at the front lines of our program, serving as the link between the students & teachers and the communities encompassing the parents of the children as well as potential members of the community who are considering (or resisting) sending their kids to classes.

One of the most challenging tasks for these supervisors, apart from maintaining 70% average attendance of students, is engaging the parent’s community in school and extracurricular activities. As 80% of our students are the first members of their families to go to school, sometimes they are left with little to no support with their education at home.

For this purpose and to empower field staff to communicate and motivate the community effectively, E&H foundation and Gyanshala organized a four-day training workshop in January this year, which was attended by field officers from Farrukhabad and Lucknow.

Overall objective of the training was to prepare the field staff to engage with the community, proactively and enable active participation and engagement of parents in their children's education and further strengthen their involvement in running of classes by forming parent committees, leading to increased attendance of children in classes and contributing to enhanced overall learning of students.

The training was an immersive experience with everyone collaborating and working on ideas to engage the community on the ground.  All supervisors are currently working on their self-targets and developing communication skills to engage with the community further. Their progress will be communicated in the upcoming reports. 

From September until March this year, E&H Foundation has raised $8263 from 64 donors by partnering with GlobalGiving. We are grateful for each one of our donors and especially to our recurrent supporters who are committed to the cause of quality education. With this, we are extremely close to our goal of raising $10,500 that will go towards the education of 175 children covering 7 classes. 

E&H aims to raise the balance funds before the beginning of the academic year 2019-2020 in April and seeks your continued engagement with our project Educating 175 Underprivileged Children in India.

Together, we will continue our quest for quality education of underprivileged children in India

Performance of Students in Mid-term Examinations
Performance of Students in Mid-term Examinations
Students of Class III (Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh)
Students of Class III (Farrukhabad, Uttar Pradesh)
Four Day Training Workshop was held in Farrukhabad
Four Day Training Workshop was held in Farrukhabad
(Wall of)Expectations by Supervisors from Training
(Wall of)Expectations by Supervisors from Training
All Smiles After the Immersive Four Day Workshop
All Smiles After the Immersive Four Day Workshop
Dec 10, 2018

Globally Giving for Ishika's Dream

Ishika leading the way with our project supervisor
Ishika leading the way with our project supervisor

Ishika is a 10-year-old girl in class III of E and H Foundation’s ongoing classes in Ramlila Maidan in Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh (U.P.). Ishika joined us in class I and has progressed steadily in her education. Her favourite subject is Hindi, she struggles a bit with English, and is great at maths, often helping her father dial numbers on his mobile.

Since inception in 2012, E and H Foundation has enabled quality education for over 17,000 children like Ishika in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Ishika’s family’s story is similar to the story of many families in Ramlila Maidan and other slums / poor bastis of Lucknow and Farrukhabad.

The area struggles with extreme poverty and poor economic conditions. Most parents are involved in Zardozi, unskilled labour work and rickshaw pulling. Despite struggling to access nominal schooling for their four kids, Ishika’s parents understand the importance of education and dream that all their kids will complete their higher education one day.

Enabling Dreams of Attaining Quality Education

To enable this dream, in the current academic year (April 18- March 19), E&H Foundation is covering education of about 7000 children through two models. Implementing ESO’s Gyanshala model, E&H is running 236 Classes covering 6,200+ children in the Farrukhabad & Lucknow districts of Uttar Pradesh. In partnership with Bharti foundation, E&H foundation is supporting the education of another 720 children from class 1 to 5.  Classes are incepted in poor bastis (slums) to focus on providing quality education to the neediest underprivileged children.

Of this coverage, there are 157 classes in Farrukhabad district alone covering about 3,980 children from Standard I to V and another 79 classes in Lucknow, covering 2,221 students. Of these, 7 new classes are being supported by support from Global giving donations covering 175 children. 80% of these students are first generation learners like Ishika. The average enrolment in these classes has risen by 10% since May 2018.

Here are some other impactful deliverables:

  1.  Of the total 6200 children enrolled in 236 classes, 50.2% of the children are girls
  2. We maintained more than 65% average attendance in 68% of the classes. This is very good considering that classes are held in extremely poor areas and approximately 80% of the students are first generation learners
  3. Learning of children is high – exams will be organised in mid-December and mid-March to assess learning levels

Our Success Empowers their Future

I am delighted to report that so far, the project has raised $7,400 from 60 donors worldwide and the funds raised through our September Accelerator Campaign covered expenses of 7 of these classes in Farrukhabad, covering between 175 children (average 25 children per class) at a total cost of Rs 5 lakh. (~ $7000). Now that we have successfully partnered with Global Giving, we expect to raise balance funds of approximately $3,100 before March 2019, through our ongoing project.

On behalf of the E and H Foundation, I thank each one of you, who have made Ishka’s dream of continuing her education, a reality. The first set of exams for Ishika and her classmates will be taken in December and the second set will be held in March 2019 and I look forward to sharing the results in our next report.

In the meanwhile, we are aiming to achieve our goal of educating 175 underprivileged children through the 2018 Year-End Campaign and we hope you continue your engagement with our project. E&H Foundation’s mission for the next 5 years is to reach 1 lakh children similar to Ishika, and ultimately make these children valuable and contributing members of the society

Thank you for supporting the noble cause of 'Quality Education of Underprivileged Children' and making a difference in someone's life.

Ishika with her mother Vimlesh & younger siblings
Ishika with her mother Vimlesh & younger siblings
Ishika with her teacher and 50% of class strength
Ishika with her teacher and 50% of class strength
A dreamy Ishika photographed with her classmates
A dreamy Ishika photographed with her classmates
 
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