Shiksha Bharati is an educational organization that runs and operates a schools for tribal girls from the Northeast in Hapur, Uttar Pradesh. The school provides innovative and holistic education for these underprivileged girls through a unique residential program. The nationally recognized school utilizes a rigorous curriculum which combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual, and cultural development to empower these girls and prepare them to become leaders in India’s top industries.
IDRF Partner Since: at least 2001
Focus Area: Education
Location: Hapur, Uttar Pradesh
Project Title: Tribal Girls Education and Hostel
Northeast India is a region known equally for its natural resources and vernacular knowledge, as well as its extreme poverty. Among the 200+ tribal populations that inhabit the region, far less than half of the women are literate—less than national average. IDRF has been working with non-governmental organization Shiksha Bharati for over 15 years, to address these challenges.
Girls from tribal villages of the Northeast region are selected by Vidya Bharati and sent to Shiksha Bharati for schooling. Thanks to this organization’s unique educational program, these girls receive a top-notch education at this Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE)-accredited school in Uttar Pradesh (near Delhi). Shiksha Bharati provides innovative and holistic education for underprivileged tribal girls, with a curriculum that combines academics with physical, moral, spiritual and cultural development. The girls, who study at Shiksha Bharati’s school from 1st to 12th grade, were often unable to access basic education—let alone quality education—in their home states.
With IDRF’s guidance and financial support, Shiksha Bharati constructed a dormitory for these students. The dorm includes a media room, library, game room, and room for judo practice. The dormitory is an integral part of their education, and allows these girls to reside at Shiksha Bharati and attain an excellent education. IDRF has helped to support the maintenance and lodging costs for these girls, and the number of residents has already grown to 69. However, in order to fill the dorm’s capacity of 108, this project needs further support.
In 2012, IDRF established an endowment fund to support these tribal students, to ensure that the full dormitory capacity is met. A one-time donation of $6,000 endows one permanent educational seat, in perpetuity. Through this fund, Shiksha Bharati will cover all of her tuition and all additional living expenses to ensure that her education is complete.