Azim Premji Foundation

The Foundation works in the area of elementary education to pilot and develop ‘proofs of concept’ that have a potential for systemic change in India’s 1.3 million government-run schools. The Foundation focuses on working in rural areas where the majority of these schools exist. The choice to work with elementary education (Class I to VIII) in rural government-run schools follows from evidence of educational attainment in India, a summary of which is presented below.

A brief summary of India’s education status, after 60 years of independence:

* Literacy 65.38% (Male 75.85%, Female 54.16%) – average world literacy 80%
* Children reaching grade V – 59.8 %(2000/01)
* Gross Enrolment Ratio girls (Class 6-8) 56%
* Human Development Index ranking 126/177 (2006)
* Only 31% of children complete education upto 10th standard and 42% complete upto 8th standard
* One out of three (67 lacs out of 1.92 crore) children in class 5 is unable to read and write
* Only about 10% primary schools have majority of children learning as per expectations
* More than 75% schools have unplanned multigrade teaching
* Public examinations of all kind focus on rote learning – with practically no focus on application, analysis, critical thinking and creativity
* 20 percentage point adverse ratios of literacy and drop outs for girls & socio-economically disadvantaged children

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Advocacy and Communication,
Azim Premji Foundation
134 Doddakannelli,
Next to Wipro Corporate Office,
Sarjapur Road,
Bangalore – 560035

Telephone: 91- 80 – 66144900 / 01 / 02
Fax: 91 – 80 – 66144903

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