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Hidush has been supporting the development of three schools in and around Mumbai, for the past four years.
The school operates in 2 shifts and offers education to about 500 children from Class 1 to Class 8. As a part of infrastructure renewal, the school building freshly painted using high-quality paints ( considering its closeness to the sea). All 22 broken windows replaced with high-grade aluminum windows with transparent plastic, industry-grade water purifier, 22 cupboards, LED lights, and energy-saving fans in all classrooms and school premises. To ensure adequate lighting and ventilation, PIN up boards for all classes to post educative study material, benches, laptops and desktops for all classrooms, high-speed printer, scanner and copier, water pump with an 8000 litre overhead tank to take care of water and sanitation needs of the school, internet connection and cabling and networking for all classrooms. The school now has separate toilets for boys, girls, and teachers.
The Foundation also takes care of operational requirements like repair and maintenance, AMC for computers and electronic products, stationery, and other needs. The Foundation has municipal approval for supporting the school. Hidush has provided two back up teachers this year and plans to offer four more teachers to impart English, music, dance, and drama, and sports to augment the education process. All the students screened in the last academic year and students with special needs identified. A medical check-up organized of all students in the past academic year and proposed to make this an annual activity. It needs an amount of approx Rs 10 lacs a year to support operations. Hidush plans to provide projectors and laptops to 5 classrooms this year, which is estimated to cost Rs 3.5 lacs and give a roof to the school assembly area at approx Rs 5 lacs.
Hidush, through CSR funds, also digitized four classrooms this year by providing projectors, laptops, sound systems screens, and educational software to the Urse school at Palghar. The school is state-aided, run by a private trust, and needs support from time to time, both in infrastructure and operations. The school caters to the need of about 180 secondary schools ( Std 8 to Std 10th ) students and requires infrastructure up-gradation estimated at around Rs 2 crores. Once completed, this will benefit students from a radius of about 40 km. Currently, Hidush is working on getting solar power installed at the school to counter voltage fluctuations and frequent drop-in control and has quotations in place for an amount of Rs 17 lacs. The school currently has about 50 resident students, which can go up if funded for foodgrains and provisions.
Hidush has been associated with the said school for the past two years and has been assisting in upgradation of infrastructure.
It has provided the school with a modern printer, scanner and copier, a CCTV system, a sanitary pad vending machine and an Industrial grade water purifier from Eureka Forbes.
Hidush has also digitised four classrooms with the provision of a projector, laptop, sound systems and screen through the CSR effort of Just Dial Limited.
Hidush is working on setting up a sustainable english medium school near the outskirts of Bengaluru for urban and rural students. The project is currently at the planning stage. This school will follow the Steiner method of education and cater to a radius of around 25 kms. The project involves purchasing land, constructing buildings, and equipping the school with modern amenities. The project, when fully implemented, will become a benchmark in quality education. The school will also focus on providing vocational training as a part of Skill India. The tentative costs for setting up the school are around five crores. The amounts planned to raise from corporate and other donations.
Going forward, Hidush plans to set up it's own schools in rural and urban locations and offer value based holistic education with an aim to create "model citizens" of the country.
Hidush supports underprivileged children who excel in SSC examinations realize their dreams and provides holistic support in higher studies.
Hidush is working on identifying brilliant underprivileged children as early as Class 7 so that they can be groomed and made ready to pursue an entrance exam like NEET / IIT Jee ..post Class 12.
According to UNESCO reports, 1.4 million Indian children aged 6-11 out of school. The report attributes India's woeful performance to, among other things, the largest cuts in aid to basic education effected by any country. Its aid to the sector fell by a massive $278 million between 2010 and 2012. (Source: Times of India) In lieu of this Hidush feels it is vital to intervene and make sure we get more of our children into school through the following initiatives.
The Net Enrollment Ratio (NER) at the Upper Primary Elementary Level in government schools in India is only 58.3% (Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation - MoSPI, 2012).Hidush’s adoption of municipal schools will include support for drinking water and overall support to school initiatives.
Hidush Foundation provides scholarship to support the further education of deserving under privileged children from municipal schools in Mumbai and have secured more than 90% marks in SSC examination.
Hidush provides the following
Bus/train pass to travel from home to college
Books and stationery
Any other support that the child may require on a case to case basis.