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CSR Project By:  Infosys Limited

Project Budget: INR 2.50 Cr


Higher standards of education for the underprivileged

Project

Higher standards of education for the underprivileged  (2019-20)

 
 
Project Sector  : Education, Employability and Livelihoods Enhancement
 
 
Implementing Partners:  Infosys Foundation
 
 

Project Description

For the company, higher education and training have been the vehicles for engineering social change through individual enablement. Agastya International Foundation turned out to be the ideal partner for the Foundation to realize its goals in this area. Agastya has been successfully conducting the Acharya Initiative, a constructivism-based teachers’ training among government school science and math teachers since 2014. The Foundation was quick to step in with a corpus fund when approached about a long-term grant towards facilitating more such workshops accommodating a larger number of teachers, and began supporting Agastya’s teacher training program from 2014. The grant has ensured support through the years and has helped train 2,918 government schoolteachers till date through its innovative ‘constructivist’ sessions and ‘Make your Own Lab’ modules in Maharashtra, Odisha and Andhra Pradesh. This year (2020-21), the target is to train 2,625 teachers from these regions. The corpus fund has also supported a Mobile Science Lab for Agastya. Agastya also helped establish a science center in JE Society Athani, Karnataka with the Foundation’s help. The mobile lab and the science center have together benefitted 21,500 students in the past five years through 1,72,000 exposures (one exposure is equal to a two-hour session). The constructivist approach, recommended by the National Curriculum Framework, 2005 and the National Curriculum Framework for Teacher Education, 2009, recognizes the student as an active constructor of knowledge rather than being a passive receiver of information. In this approach, the teacher provides learning experiences for students to construct their own knowledge. The constructivist approach in science teaching through hands-on and minds-on activities provides opportunities for students to develop skills such as observation, hypothesizing, experimentation, analysis, inference and communication – which are essential tools in constructing knowledge. The training program includes a four-day residential workshop with sessions to provide teachers with an understanding of knowledge construction by students, comprehension of its pedagogical significance in actual classrooms, and opportunities to revise their procedures and try out constructivism in their classrooms. To further promote hands-on experiential learning, the residential training also includes modules on ‘Make Your Own Lab’ – low-cost kits teachers can use in classrooms as powerful tools. To encourage the implementation of these techniques, the Acharya Initiative team also conducts follow-up workshops in clusters near schools. Infosys Foundation’s emphasis on equitable access and opportunities for higher education to all students found a common chord with Agastya, who sees transforming government schoolteachers as the means to these ends.

 
 
Project Location:   Chittoor-Andhra Pradesh ,
 
 

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