The Abhiyan Bharat movement (registered as a charitable trust) was started in 2012 by prominent entrepreneurs from the financial services sector of India.
The driving idea behind Abhiyan Bharat was that while education had played a crucial role in their attaining professional, social and financial success. It was this understanding of importance of education that they decided to do something in the field of education and make it means of paying back to the society. Trustees intend to promote the cause of education as an endeavor to provide under-privileged individuals a kick start in life.
The Abhiyan Bharat team was formed and it decided to first study the current education system especially in low-income areas. It surveyed various schools (government and small private) in Jaipur. This is what it discovered:
- Large infrastructural gaps
- Dearth of quality teachers
- Lack of educational environment both at home and in schools.
The team identified two schools already running in Jaipur slums. The schools though operational for a long time were doing poorly. They were marred by poor infrastructure, lack of good teachers and high turnover of students. In short working at much lower potential than they could.
ABF decided to bring these schools under its banner.
- Basic infrastructure like safety, hygiene, seating, blackboards etc was improved.
- Massive improvement in school leadership by hiring experienced Academic Heads.
- Experienced teachers were recruited from other reputed schools. These teachers worked intensively with both parents and students to improve the education environment.
- Modern curriculum with digital classes was introduced.
- Character building of students through Value Based Education.
- Parents reach-out program established through regular Parent-Teacher meetings and continuous house hold visits by teachers and Academic Head.
As a result our student number has grown from 40 in 2012 to 260 in 2014 to 300 in 2016 and more than 500 in 2018.
While Abhiyan Bharat was launched with the vision to educate children from the poverty-stricken areas of Jaipur, the TRUST since extended to the realm of healthcare through a health education program for parents. The Trust enhances healthcare awareness among parents through continuously organizing and sending them to health check-up camps in the hope that this ethos will be replicated across their families, relatives and friends.