The Foundation is continuously working towards creating inclusive and democratic learning spaces where each child is
empowered and happy.
While the number of children attending schools in India continues to rise, the education system is still inadequately developed. The nation is wracked by a shortage of resources, schools, classrooms and teachers. Being acutely aware of this reality, the education program of the Foundation focuses on running and supporting schools and small-school establishments in the rural areas of the nation. Within these projects, the thrust is on addressing the issues pertaining to the quality of education by adopting the Rights-based approach. The Foundation works to strengthen these schools and make them inspirational for children.
Evolution of Need
Several years into the education field, Shriram Foundation has obtained extensive real-time data to provide evidence to the cause, and solutions for addressing problems related to educating children in a way that is developmentally appropriate and that addresses the whole being. Our rural schools cradle a new type of individual – the child who is empowered to face life as a responsible, happy and productive citizen when s/he leaves the premises of the school.
Initially, our work started with Government schools by aiding the children and teachers in ways we could.and gradually the challenge of providing access to quality education in underserved areas became our over-arching objective.
A 'rights-based approach' is where the individual, as an integral unit of the community, becomes important, and hence his or her rights for the well-being of the individual are paramount. The individual is not subsumed in the large domains of the disciplines of knowledge, but knowledge is subsumed in the individual. For an individual inhabiting the ‘school ecosystem’, without emotional and physical well-being, learning becomes a burden. Hence the focus of the Shriram Foundation schools (SF schools) is on the well being of the individual, not as a unit independent of society but, as a unit integral to society.
SF schools have children as the core cause ,with stakeholders contributing to the growth of the child. Every child born in the society has a right to quality education. These Schools try to create such opportunities that work irrespective of the child’s economic background. Teachers are facilitators in our schools and who believe in the potential of every child help them discover their individuality and independence .Also to provide a learning environment where lessons learnt from success and failure are equally valued and efforts are more valued than results.