Akshaya Patra Foundation moves beyond meals to tackle infrastructure
Tech park ITPB improves infrastructure at four govt institutions; to develop a model school

International Tech Park Bangalore (ITPB) has partnered with the State Department of Education to develop infrastructure in four government schools in Whitefield. Also, it is going to construct a model school for Government Primary and Middle School in Mahadevapura.

Vinamra Srivastava, CEO India Operations, Ascendas-Singbridge said, “Under our ITPB School Adoption Programme, we took up Government Higher Primary Schools in Bellathur Colony, Mahadevapura, Bellathur, and Doddanahalli. There are about 720 students across these four schools.”

As part of the initiative, ITPB has improved infrastructure in the schools and extended facilities such as safe drinking water and a better campus. School administrators were consulted to arrive at the optimum facilities for each school.

From construction of compound walls or fences for the school buildings to repairing and preventing rain damage, construction of annexes for assembly or dining area, or even roof and floor repair, much work was put in. Electrical fittings, RO water filters with dispenser, tables, chairs, storage cupboards and other furniture were also provided. Classrooms, auditoriums and school buildings were given a fresh coat of paint too.

“We also distributed a cloud-based, smart teaching kit called Meghshala to the schools. The digital learning technique benefitted 880 students,” added Srivastava.

Next on the agenda is building a model school at Mahadevpura, for which the company has already approached the government with a plan. “The International Tech Park Bangalore, earlier known as ITPL, has offered to build Government Primary and Middle School in Mahadevapura for Rs 2 crore,” confirmed Shalini Rajneesh, principal secretary to the government of Karnataka (Department of Primary and Secondary Education).

The government has welcomed private initiatives to improve infrastructure in government schools. “We are also meeting a few other IT companies ready to donate computers to government schools,” added Rajneesh.

Akshaya Patra Foundation moves beyond meals to tackle infrastructure

The Akshaya Patra Foundation has started a model school project with the aim to prioritise basic amenities of sanitation and hygiene. After a need assessment study across 25 schools, Government Lower Primary School Ravindranagar was chosen as the pilot project.

“This school has the potential to increase enrolment. Improving basic infrastructure like toilet and drinking water facilities, fixing compound walls and fresh paint will help with the enrolment. We have collaborated with like-minded individuals and organisations. For instance, Aravani Art Project that engages members of the transgender community into public art, helped us paint the school in attractive shades and motifs (in pic),” said Ajay Kavishwar, Director for Planning, PR & Advocacy, Akshaya Patra Foundation.

The NGO started with training serving staff in food handling and safety, teaching them the right way of washing hands, the importance of using caps and gloves and so on. They are also setting up a designated space and structure for the food vessels to be stored safely till lunch hour post-delivery. The foundation also installed two units of zero maintenance bio-toilets and a water filter system for safe drinking water.

Source : Bangalore Mirror Bureau                                          Date : Nov 2, 2018