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Mentorship Program for First-Generation Learners
of Rs.2,00,000
10 supporters
  • Chandraditya

    Created by

    Chandraditya Raj
  • Ms

    This fundraiser will benefit

    Marginalized students

    from New Delhi, Delhi

80G tax benefits for INR donations


The Problem
Since 2002, the Right to Education provides free and compulsory primary education for all and equitable access to higher education. However, there are close to 6 million children out of school in India.

Out of 100 students, 29% of girls and boys drop out of school before completing the full cycle of elementary education, and often they are the most marginalized children. Out of the students who are enrolled, there are high levels of absenteeism and dropouts. A critical factor impacting learning outcomes is the absence of a strong foundation provided by quality early childhood education, another is the dearth of well-qualified and trained teachers.

In India, in nearly 60% of schools, there are less than two teachers to teach Classes I to V

Our Solution: The Mentorship Program
We identified mentors and mentees for this project. The mentees were introduced to their mentors who provided ongoing academic, co-curricular, and emotional support as per their needs.

Phase I of the Mentorship Program
Aawaaz x PO Box Trust Mentoring Program was a multi-pronged scholarship program where Aawaaz and PO Box Trust supported both mentors and mentees. In the 3-month long pilot project the mentors, as well as the mentees, received scholarships. The program promoted vicarious learning to increase the mentee’s self-efficacy. Our mentees were first-generation learners (all our mentors and mentees are the first ones in their entire generation to go to school/college and receive formal education)  and they had mentors to rely on for academic, co-curricular, and emotional support to their mentees. Our mentees gained a sense of confidence to succeed in school.

Mentee Review

Mentor Review

Mentor-Mentee Interaction

Mentor Experinece: “I liked all the teaching stuff with my mentees and all members of this program was very helpful and supportive. In the beginning, I was taught pedagogy and that was really helpful. I was taught how to deal with my mentees, how to deal with them, be nice to them, and how to make them understand everything. It was very nice.”

Mentee Experiences: “This program supported my studies, specifically in social science which is very tough for me and how the teacher teaches and talks with us just like they are our family members.”

What is happening now?
In this phase of the program, we have expanded our reach and are working with approximately 15 mentors and 50 mentees. We are building a resilient educational ecosystem by providing continued support and scholarships to both mentors and mentees.

How can you help?
We already have the mentors and the mentees on board! We now need to raise funds to give scholarships to them.

Each mentee will get a scholarship of Rs. 2500
Each mentor will get a scholarship of Rs. 5000

With these ideas in mind, we believe that inaccessibility should never be a barrier to learning. With your help, we will reach one step closer to solving the issue of inaccessibility. Together, we can get the children one step closer to what they deserve- education!

The entire amount raised will be shared directly with the mentors and the mentees.

Who are we?
Aawaaz Foundation is an organization that aims to solve the problem of educational equity in India. Over the course of 6+ years, we have successfully impacted 20,000+ students with our interventions and training sessions.

PO Box Trust is an NGO (registered in 2016) that aims to support projects on education and arts. Besides contributing financially to existing projects across cities they also provide strategic inputs to conceptualize new initiatives, & facilitate partnerships.


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