Every child has the right to quality education. BIPF works to realize this right by working in areas where access to quality education is limited or non-existent. BIPF’s education intervention framework includes working alongside the government schools; improving their existing infrastructure; building teaching capacity, and equipping them with supplies needed to create a vibrant learning environment where children can thrive and reach their potential. In addition to this, the foundation has also instituted a number of merit and need-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education, in particular, young women. Adult literacy has also become a focus area the foundation and it has set up Adult Education Centers, primarily meant to achieve basic literacy skills, particularly for the women in the villages.
Creating high-quality educational institutions and learning eco-system
Chinmaya Vidyalaya Therubali
Chinmaya Vidyalaya, Therubali (CVT), operates in the tribal-dominated area of Therubali in Rayagada district. CVT is a Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) school (from LKG to class XII) which was originally established by IMFA and is now managed by BIPF in collaboration with the Chinmaya mission. The school imparts quality education through innovative methods for holistic growth of the children. CVT was the first school in Rayagada that has adopted the ‘smart class’ teaching methods, shifting from conventional educational methods to the modern ones. The school is equipped with best-in-class science and mathematics laboratories (as per the CBSE guidelines).
Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship
BIPF has instituted the Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship for Higher Education, an annual scholarship for meritorious students from rural areas who are pursuing professional courses in the areas of medicine, engineering, and liberal arts. Other financial assistance is also provided to those students who needed it on a case-by-case basis.
Support to Government Schools
BIPF supports government schools in tribal areas by building capacities and providing financial & other study resources such as study materials, uniforms, bags, funds, first-aid, to them. These schools are operating in Therubali (Rayagada District) and Sukinda (Jajpur district). BIPF has provided the financial aid to two underprivileged schools and two high schools in the Sukinda - Jajpur district.
To reduce the dropout rate from schools, BIPF collaborates with the state government to strengthen basic educational infrastructure, especially for girl students. BIPF has also built functional toilets for girls with proper water availability. It has led to a marked improvement in school enrolment & attendance, and a reduction in the dropout rate (especially among girl students). BIPF also organizes periodic community meetings and capacity-building exercises for teachers and school management committees to help them in making education productive and engaging. Further, BIPF works with the self-help groups to elucidate the benefits of education for both boys and girls to the parents.
Community Adult Education Center
BIPF provides basic literacy, financial training, and life skills training to women and adolescent girls through community education centers. The volunteer instructors selected to impart knowledge belong to the same community as the participants – this helps the instructors understand the context and backgrounds of the participants and address their questions and concerns regarding various government schemes.