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7th September 2016
Dear Supporters,

I am Sudhakar, a Milaap Open Fellow in Bengaluru. I spoke to Santosh from Team Mantra last week. Team Mantra was a champion of the programme STEP (School Transformation and Empowerment Project) in 7 schools at Bengaluru, last year. 

The objective of STEP is to improve the quality of education by partnering with under-achieving schools. It is a multi-step school improvement framework that enables and empowers such schools to serve as a pathway of opportunity for  every child. With a two- year intervention programme, they target to deliver affordable quality education in the face of demanding environment and constraints, through better processes, tools, and school-wide systems. 

The essence of the programme is that the efforts of the teacher and the progress of students need to be monitored on a regular basis to gauge the effectiveness of the curriculum. Team Mantra engages with all the stakeholders of the target schools including the management, teachers, parents as well as students to improve processes at schools. This engagement includes training workshops, planning school committee, implementing a collaborative approach towards quality improvement amongst other activities. The funds raised for the campaign were spent towards the expenses of this STEP programme.

Their website is http://www.mantra4change.com

They are also on facebook at  https://www.facebook.com/mantra4change/



What can we do to transform the lives of a whole generation of school-going children from under-served families? 

As much as we may criticize our schooling system, the reality is that a vast majority of  parents from the socioeconomically weak sections send their children to schools with big hopes. They wish that schooling will set their children them up for a fair chance at life - a fair chance that each of us who can read this got because of our schooling.

I am part of a team that has immersed itself at the ground level in a small set of schools this academic year.These are schools deep within the intestines of urban Bengaluru, educating students from low-income families. 

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We named our intervention as School transformation and Empowerment Project (STEP). Our current reach is 3000 students and 100 classrooms across 7 schools. It's been an exhilarating journey so far. We covered so much ground and forged some key partnerships with like-minded people and organisations to maximise impact. And we plan to expand the scope of STEP with more schools in the coming academic year.


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About MANTRA and our work: MANTRA Social Services, is a social enterprise registered under Section 25 of Companies Act. A quick overview and testimonial from our partners/stakeholders - click here. A more detailed report on our work can be found in our half-yearly report - here.

Want to do something for the cause?  We plan to strengthen our team and expand the scope of STEP to more schools in the coming academic year. Help me raise funds to support our work.  To us, every contribution, big or small is important. 

You can follow updates on our activities at school on MANTRA's facebook page.





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Anonymous donated Rs.3,000

All the Best Anoop

Aravind
Aravind donated $200

Congratulations Anoop! All the best for you and your team - with hearty wishes your buddy - Aravind (Bodu)

Aaron
Aaron donated $40