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Azim Premji Foundation

By on March 29, 2009

azim prekji foundationAbout Azim Premji Foundation

Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with a vision to “Significantly contribute to achieving quality universal education to facilitate a just, equitable and humane society”. Operational since 2001, over 250 professionals and 1100 paid volunteers are engaged in realizing this vision in elementary education in India. The Foundation is currently engaged with over 14,000 schools (2.5 Mln children and 35000 teachers) in partnership with 13 Indian States.

Azim Premji Foundation has a three pronged strategy viz:
• Intervention: To engage with schools & other bodies to understand and impact elementary-level systemic change.
• Network: To build an eco-system of those who desire change, to work together.
• Advocacy: To provide a radical stimulus to influence the education system.

Approach

• Focus on “quality of education in rural government schools”
• In-depth research and impact assessment
• Develop “Proof of concept”, integrate in larger system and withdraw after quality sustenance
• Use experiences for effective advocacy to influence key systems and policies
• An implementing agency – not a project funding organization

When over 90% of elementary education in the country happens in government schools (especially in the 600,000 villages across the country) there is no way anyone can impact education without actively and constructively working with the Government

Learning Guarantee Programme
Over 70 percent of Government Primary/ Higher Primary schools out of the 9500 schools in the 7 districts of North East Karnataka have applied to participate in this programme. The Learning Guarantee Programme was launched on 23rd November by Mr. Azim Premji, Chairman Wipro Corporation at a public function in Gulbarga The Learning Guarantee Programme is designed to identify schools that demonstrate “Guarantee of Learning”, analyze the success factors and communicate these to other schools.

Technology Initiatives
Computer Assisted Learning
The pilot project with 34 Computer assisted learning centres (CALCs) was set-up in Bangalore and surrounding rural areas. It aimed at measuring the impact of computers in attracting out-of-school children to school, and the improvement in learning levels among children in their regular academic work.

Educational Software
There have been numerous efforts to universalise elementary education in the country over the past several years. In the recent past, Governments have been investing pubic funds into use of computers as part of their efforts to universalise elementary education. These are largely seen as initiatives focused on improving quality of learning in schools. Some of these initiatives involving computers have also focused on IT education to help children to build IT skills as part of their overall skill sets.

eMIS
Education Departments across various states in India have an MIS system. Azim Premji Foundation efforts are towards strengthening the MIS and making it user friendly.

Policy Planning Unit
The Government of Karnataka and Azim Premji Foundation have set up a Policy Planning Unit (PPU), as a joint initiative, as a part of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government of Karnataka and Azim Premji Foundation

Community Learning Centre
The Community Learning Centre idea was born in response to the felt-need of the people in rural Karnataka. The pilot project was aimed at measuring the impact of computers in attracting out-of-school children to school, and the improvement in learning levels among children in their regular academic work.

Partnerships
It has also chosen to partner with some of the organisations that have a similar passion and dedication. While choosing to partner with any organisation or institution, the criteria given below are followed:
• Formal involvement of the Government
• Free from any religious, communal and political overtones
• Focus on improving learning levels while working within the school
• Transparency, sincerity, passion and sharing of information
• High quality processes related to deciding objectives / outcomes, establishing base lines, openness to external evaluation, making a tangible impact on the education in the given area
• Strategy of withdrawing within a reasonable time frame after achieving sustenance for integration into the larger system
• In all the above villages / schools, enabling the schools to guarantee learning will be the focus of the Foundation.

MOU
MOU between Govt. of Andhra Pradesh and Azim Premji Foundation
MOU between Govt. of Karnataka and Azim Premji Foundation

Wipro Applying Thought in Schools
This is Wipro Corporation’s initiative to contribute towards improving Indian education. We work with a network of over 25 social organisations across the country, and offer long-term developmental programs to teachers, principals and schools. Till date, we have engaged deeply with over 8,000 educators and 900 schools across 17 states of India.

Summary of Key Initiatives:

1. Learning Guarantee Program
The aim is to transform classroom practices from current rote learning to facilitate learning that promotes comprehension and application by appropriate assessment of children in Government schools. The program is expected to:
1. build accountability among schools and education functionaries
2. assist state Governments to address the issue of examination reform
The assessment methodology of the program has been adopted by the Government of Karnataka to be upscaled in over 45,000 government schools across the state. The program is also being piloted across 4 other states.

2. Technology Initiatives
Leverage technology for various stakeholders to facilitate quality universal education. Current focus is in three areas:
1. Multi media pedagogical learning supplement for Computer Aided Learning that is child centric, interactive, self paced and in local language.
2. Education management information system (EMIS) to build, access and use accurate data for superior education management.
3. Local content development by children to nurture creativity and learning using technology

3. Child Friendly School
This initiative is an experiment to demonstrate comprehensive and sustainable quality of education in all schools across identified geography. The initiative is in partnership with State Governments and UNICEF and will be implemented by the schools, communities, and Government functionaries facilitated by the Foundation team. The experiment aims at creating physically safe, hygienically clean and emotionally secure learning environment in identified schools.

4. Education Management
Partner with the Government in improving the education delivery system and building capacity across the Government organisation through structuring & training.

Contact Us

Azim Premji Foundation
Head – Advocacy and Communication
Azim Premji Foundation
134 Doddakannelli
Next to Wipro Corporate Office
Sarjapur Road
Bangalore – 560035
Phone : 80 – 55144900/01/02
Fax : 80 – 55144903

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5 Comments

  1. Dipak Kumar Adhikari

    February 4, 2010 at 4:12 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam,
    We got Married 05/03/2002, and have a daughter born 09/07/2005. My wife and she’s family given me 498a/34 IPC, FIR NO.276, date 31/08/2009, P.S.: BAGUIATI, it’s not true case, believe me. My wife are engaged/Affair with a boy (Sandip Samanta, S/O. Shankar Kumar Samanta S.B.I. Manager) his house front of my house, all the matters are know every person in my village, and also they given me written about my character. When my wife goes outside form my house near about many vory gold and cash 1.20 lack Indian rupees taken. Not taken my daughter, daughter is now in my house. My wife doing the 498a case’s date 31/08/2009 and I arrest 06/09/2009, court give me bail at 19/09/2009 my 1st court date is 16/10/2009 done. 2nd court date is 04/01/2010 done. Next court date is 07/07/2010 at Barasat court. Some proof (20 pcs. s.m.s., picture with the boy and a c.d.) has me about my wife and the boy that they are in illegal relation. Believe me I and my family love much more to my wife. They (My wife family) are very very poor and live in a bosti Address: 70/H/8 Manicktolla Main Road, Kolkata – 700054, Beside 5 Star Club, my mother see 1st time and she arrange my marriage, and Mother told me they are very poor so what? After marriage she is my family member, believe me not a single word is wrong. Before marriage my family not see my wife’s family, now we understand/also see that she’s family are very bad. My wife, she’s family and the boy they are misusing this law. Now my wife’s family understands all the affair matter. But my wife still now not agree she wants to marry to the boy. My wife left our only solitary daughter to me who is 4 years old having severe “Ashtama Disease, depends on INHEALER, here political Hide & seek game is going on & the father of the parents (THE FATHER OF THE BOY WHO HAS ILLICIT RELATIONS WITH MY WIFE) are rich, so they are spending money to everywhere with a view to be escaped. Now I decided that I’m not taken back my wife. I take a lawyer his name Mr. Kamelash Nandi. I don’t know what happened next? Now I went to punishment the boy. If possible please help me. Please investigate the matter and relief/save me and my family. And . My wife given me U/s. 125 Cr. P. C. Case NO.167/2009, date 16/12/2009. 1st Class Judicial Magistrate at Sealdah. 1st court date is 15/01/2010 done, 2nd court date is 12/02/2010.
    Thanks
    Dear Sir/Madam,
    Actually I’m 100 percent victim, so I went to knowing my matter all the Indian and others. I write my matter to our local P.S., Local Councilor, all M.P., M.L.A., Minister in W.B, C.M. in W.B., CBI in W.B, CID in W.B, Governor in W.B, and President in India. P.M. in India, Human rights department, AAP KI KACHEHRI – KIRAN KE SAATH, Kolkata Police, my nation, all of the news channels, and all press, and many more, (anybody can’t help me/proper investigation) absolutely you also, I think you can help me, so I write to you. I’m Punishment + harassment Without Crime.

    With kindest regards,
    Dipak Kumar Adhikari
    Tegharia(Dhali Para),NandanKanan. P.S.: Baguiati.
    P.O. Hatiara. Kolkata-700059 Email: dipakadhikari_59@yahoo.com PH. 9836149983
    W.B. India.

  2. Savita YN

    March 7, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I liked very much the foundation work and the way its making road to sustain education system.

    Hat sup to Ajim Premji Foundation. If I want work with this initiatives with voluntary what are the process. Please give me this information.

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    October 28, 2010 at 11:04 am

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  4. sarita

    November 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    I am an educator and have worked with progressive schools which focus on community/learning by doing learning

    I have recently moved to mumbai and am looking for something worthwhile…if there is anyway I can help …please do reply

  5. layak

    February 26, 2013 at 10:21 am

    Respected,
    KINDLY DONATE WITH KIND HEART TO HELP NEEDY
    people,(orphans,widows,aged,phisically challenged and suffered)
    We swda is whole heartly working for the cause of above people since 20 and we did different social welfare works such as distribution blankets,food,drinking water,medical camps,medicines free check up for school children,distribution of books for poor children,eye camps and distribution of free glasses,school bags etc…, If any donar is donating even one rupee it is for the noble cause. We have conducted medical camps,services during natural calamition,foods our work is not up to the mark due to lack of funds kindly we request you to please donate and we give feedback to all donars who are contributing for this organisation. We send complete report to all donars. In our association all are professionals like doctors,lawyers,engineers and social workers kindly donate and help for the noble cause and needy people we need your support to run organisation.
    THANKING YOU
    Regards with, A/C No–32770538307
    SOCIAL WELFARE & DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
    Office addr-16-7-546, Azampura Chaman, Malakpet, Hyderabad.500024 Andhra pradesh INdia

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