AboutThe Karunodaya Foundation is a non-profit organisation with 12AB, 80G, and CSR-1 certifications based in the Gaya District of Bihar. The foundation was established with the goal of providing equal and high-quality education to children in elementary schools (classes 1–8). To solve the difficulties by the people, we collaborate with government school teachers, DIET, education department officials, and local communities to deliver enhanced and better education for the children. Our strategy is in line with the RTE Act of 2009, the NCF of 2005, and the NEP 2020.
With 20 million students, Bihar has around 80,000 schools (basic and upper primary) managed by 4 lakh teachers. Despite this, according to ASER 2018, less than 35% of children in grade 5 can read material from grade 2, and 95% of primary and upper primary schools in Bihar lack libraries (DISE 2016-17). In the 1950s, the state had 540 public libraries, which increased to 5,000 in the 1970s. However, there are just 1,004 rural libraries left today. Bihar spent only 0.01 per cent of the state's education budget, whereas Kerla spent a total of 3% of the budget.
During COVID-19, the most popular online learning and communication mediums were television, radio, and Whatsapp. However, of all the states in India, Bihar has the lowest (14.5 per cent) TV ownership (47 per cent) (Census 2011). In rural Bihar, almost 90% of individuals have phones (featured and smart), and nearly 42.3 per cent have smartphones, but they lack access to data, resulting in a digital gap among youngsters.
Chetna-Bodh (School Empowerment):
Ensuring basic literacy in order to improve foundational learning outcomes, such as reading, writing in Hindi, arithmetic, and reasoning abilities, as well as improving the District Institute of Education and Training and the District Education Department.
Antarbhav (Community): We are working directly with Mahadalit youngsters, the majority of whom are first-generation learners. We are operating community learning centres to ensure that excellent education is maintained even during the COVID-19 epidemic.
How are we going to do it?We identify changemakers in the community through exams and interviews and refer to them as Sahelis. At their learning centres, these Sahelis teach children from their community. Because these Sahelis are not professionals, we assist them in their development by providing content and assisting them in understanding it through weekly training and weekly learning centre sessions, as well as ongoing telephonic support from our team members.
Every week, we hold a training session in which we strive to offer new content to the teachers so that they can grasp it and pass it on to their kids. We make certain that the content is appropriate for children, that it is child-centered, and that it supports children's overall development, which includes socio-emotional development, motor development, literacy, and numeracy. Following this training, we hold a learning centre meeting in which we aim to form stronger ties with the Sahelis in smaller groups and assist them in resolving their issues and problems.