Sikshana’s Annual Report for 2015-16 is available for download here. We begin each year by reminding ourselves of the magnitude of the problem facing rural education –according to the latest Annual Status of Education Report, 71% of students in class 7 in rural Karnataka schools (public + private) are not able to perform basic class 3 arithmetic. The numbers are similarly concerning for Maharashtra (72%) and Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (52%).
At the end of each year, we take stock of how Sikshana-supported schools have done. In 2015-16, Sikshana Foundation was able to help students in class 7 of supported rural schools decrease the above failure rate by over 40 points to 30% in nearly 2,000 primary schools of Karnataka. This is a continuation of strong and encouraging performance in prior years. And it is certainly a testament not only to the dedication of the entire team but also to Sikshana’s rather unique focus on student motivation as a way to drive improved learning outcomes. As a result of this focus on motivation, students are not only taking away foundational reading and math skills but also an interest in learning, and a confidence that they know how to acquire skills that might seem daunting at first.
Moreover, we also remind ourselves that Sikshana Foundation was set up with the mission of “evolving scalable and replicable models for an effective public school system”. In other words, the truest success of Sikshana comes when we are able to influence the thinking and processes of the government.
In this sense, 2015-16 was one of our most successful years. Our programmes were reviewed by the Government of Karnataka. We have as a result been invited to an exciting partnership to scale our impact by transitioning Sikshana programmes to the government machinery over 3 years. The path to reach 50,000 government schools in Karnataka has never been clearer!
These exciting successes could simply not have happened without the gracious support of our corporate and individual partners, who have not only supported the delivery of interventions in schools but also the development of innovative programmes that allow us to reach ever-new heights. Thank you for 2015-16 and we look forward to working together in 2016-17!
Prashanth Prakash, Chairperson
Prasanna Vadyar, C.E.O.
Chalam Plachikkat, C.O.O.