Children are future of our country; help us to educate them today
A literate person is he who can read & write and at the very least sign his name in ink. If we consider this plain simplified definition of literacy, as per the 2001 census, India has a literacy rate of 65.38%. For a population of 1+ billion, that is a good number but unsatisfactory nonetheless.
Closer home, Maharashtra has a literacy rate of 77.27% while we are better off than most of the other states we are obviously lacking behind and efforts need to be made to improve our literacy and give the education in our state a much needed boost.
The biggest pit fall in our education system is that primary education, which still remains a distant dream for most. This is due to insufficient infrastructure, funds, good school teachers, lack of basic essentials like stationary for the students etc.
At Umang Foundation, we are aware about these problems and we have taken it upon ourselves to correct some of these wrongs.
We inherently believe that no one shuns education voluntarily. It is the circumstances and situations that compel a child to stop being a student and one of the reasons for children giving up on education is that they do not have raw materials to continue going to school. By raw materials we mean notebooks, pens, pencils and so on.
On sensing this need, we thought it would be in the larger interest of all things good, to distribute stationary to children in need of them and thus we started our ‘Promote Education’ campaign.
Under this campaign, we distribute notebooks, pencils, pens and other stationery material to school going students whose family will be helped by us after providing this material to the children.
The first step in this campaign was taken on July 5, 2008 when we distributed books and uniforms to students of Takshashila Vidhyalaya, Ulhasnagar. We followed this up by handing out school bags, notebooks, uniforms to students in three different Ulhasnagar schools on August 31, 2008. Our efforts caught the attention of corporate and in September 2008, Umang Foundation along with partner corporate donated school bags, floaters and provided a lunch meal to tribal students near Vikramgarh, Thane.
While the efforts mentioned above were the stepping stone to Umang Foundation’s Promote Education campaign, we have diligently followed up on this in the recent past. In June 2010, we handed out notebooks and other stationery material at Matoshri Ramabai Vidyalaya, Amrapali Vidyalaya and Dyandeep Vidhyalaya in Ulhasnagar and other schools in Kalyan (E).
In the year 2009-2010, Umang Foundation have spent 34% of their total received donation to ‘Promote Education’ activities and in the year 2011 Umang Foundation vows to continue and consolidate this steady allocation by reaching out to 50+ schools in different areas of Thane and Navi Mumbai district.
Team Umang education material to 9220+ students in 25 schools which is indeed a satisfying number and Umang Foundation pat the back of its members and volunteers who have helped providing education material to this, we endeavor to outdo ourselves in the coming year.
In fact, members of Umang Foundation is working towards helping at least 10,000+ students with stationery material and their other requirements and trying to bring a positive change in these students lives to make it brighter and smarter for tomorrow.
Background of identified children
Typically, the identified students belong to a family of daily wagers or home-maid who resides in slums. Although these children are enrolled in school(s) but due to lack of the requisite education material like basic stationery these children are compelled to manage their entire academic year with as little as one or two notebooks for all their subjects for the entire year!! Team Umang has witnessed instances of these children discontinuing / dropping our going to the school due to scarcity of means to buy new notebooks. This, the effort is to equip these children – the future of India with basic educational material to ease out the scarcity at a fundamental level.
Impact of Umang Foundation's approach
Umang Foundation has been successful in bringing down the number of drop outs which were witnessed due to non-availability of resources post its initiative Promote Education – ‘ek kadam ujwal bhavisya ki aur’. This has encouraged donors and resulted in the continued progressive distribution trend of Umang Foundation.
Feedback from school staff
Students are able to have meticulous and organized structure of their education, this clearly contributes to a high morale of a happy child pleased to have the facility and being away from the feeling of deprivation. Students are happy that they are having separate notebooks for each subjects, they can now maintain their class work neat and clean in separate subject notebooks.
Education to every child is very important to ensure today a better tomorrow of our country. In most of the cases children drops out from school because their family could not support them financially and could not afford education material and other resources for them.
Umang Foundation is determined to support a minimum of 10,000 students every year which is not possible without support and engagement of able corporate.
Location of Schools identified for distribution of kits for the year 2012
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Have you ever thought that a contribution of as little as INR 300 can help one child to get basic stationery material for an entire academic year! This basic stationery kit includes:-
1. Set of Notebooks
2. Set of Long books
8. Compass box
9. Geometry box
11. Drawing book
12. Kit holder bag
• Basic Stationery Kit (per kit per child) : INR 300
Team Umang has identified 11636 less fortunate students from 25 schools :
Total Fund Requirement : INR 35 Lacs
You can opt for the number of students as per your choice in the multiple of INR 300 per kit.
• Support 20 students : INR 6,000
• Support a class of 50 students : INR 15,000
• Support 100 students : INR 30,000
• Support 200 students : INR 60,000
• Support a school of 500 students : INR 1,50,000
• Support a school of 1000 students : INR 3,00,000
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List of schools identified for distribution of stationery kit(s) in year 2012:
S. No. School Name Total Number of Students in the school
1 Adarsh Bal Vidyalaya 258
2 Amrapali Vidyalaya 555
3 Anand Vidyalaya 645
4 Dwarka Vidya Mandir 890
5 Ganesh Vidya Mandir 571
6 Gyandeep Marathi Primary School 522
7 Gyandeep Vidyalaya 230
8 Happy Home Primary School 418
9 Jan Seva Hindi High School 455
10 Kurla Camp Prathmik Vidyalaya 172
11 Matoshri Rakhmabai 864
12 Matoshri Ramabai Ambedkar Vidyalaya 918
13 Nagsen Vidhyalaya Prathmik Shala 750
14 Nalanda Prathmik Vidyalaya 169
15 Nutan Marathi Vidhyalaya 577
16 Saraswati Hindi Medium School 687
17 Saraswati Vidya Mandir 207
18 Seth Ankush salvi Vidylaya 39
19 Sharda Vidya Mandir 472
20 Shiv Shambhu Hindi Vidyalaya 469
21 Shri R K Abhang Madhyamik Vidyalaya 200
22 Shri Vidya Mandir 190
23 Shrimati Venu bai Pavse Vidyalaya 414
24 Vikas Mandir 766
25 Vishakha Sarvajanik Mahila Mandal 198
Total Student 11636
List of schools where Team Umang has distributed stationery kit(s) since 2008 in following schools:
1. Aadivasi Madyamik Vidyalaya, Dist Jawahar
2. Aadarsh Vidyamandir, Ulhasnagar
3. Amrapali Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
4. Bahujan Hitay Vidyarthi Vastigrah, Ulhasnagar
5. Balkanjibari Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
6. Dyandeep Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
7. Ganesh Vidya Mandir, Kalyan (E)
8. Gyan Vidya Mandir, Kalyan (E)
9. Kulna Camp School, Ulhasnagar
10. Mahatma Phule Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
11. Matoshri Ramabai Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
12. Nagsen Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
13. Nalanda Prathmik Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
14. Nutan Hindi Vidyalaya, Kalyan (E)
15. Nutan Marathi Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
16. R K Tripathi School, Vithalwadi (E)
17. Rajshee Saahu Vastigrah, Titwala
18. Sharda Vidyamandir Prathmik Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
19. Sarawasti Prathmik Shala,Ulhasnagar
20. Takshilla Vidhyalaya, Ulhasnagar
21. Ulhas Vidyalaya, Ulhasnagar
22. Venubai Paasve Vidyalaya, Kalyan (E)
23. Vishaka Prathmik Vidyamandir, Ulhasnagar