During 2017-18 Sikshana ran various interventions in its adopted blocks in addition to assisting the Department run the Prerana program in Chitradurga and Davanagere Districts. In the incubator blocks baseline and endline assessments were conducted which showed an average 13% improvement across all blocks.
The impact of the Prerana Program in the two districts run with the Department was evaluated regularly by the SSA (Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan) and based on the positive feedback received at various levels the Department decided to scale the program statewide. With this Sikshana Foundation’s 2020 goal of taking Prerana statewide has been achieved and it will work with the Department over the next two years on Knowledge transfer and creating software systems to manage the program across the State.
Sikshana’s Technology in Education Programs (STEP) fully funded by Dell showed great promise this year with “Teachers Buy-in” hitting close to 90% in the 363 schools where the program was run this year. The impact in numbers is as shown below:
May 2016: “The State Government [of Karnataka] recognizes the excellent work done by Sikshana Foundation in supporting rural public schools for over 10 years… The Department and the Foundation are now looking to deepen their collaboration.”
– Shri Ajay Seth, I.A.S., Principal Secretary, Education Department, Karnataka
Aug 2012: Sikshana Foundation was featured on the cover of Outlook Business.
“[Sikshana has] validated the model by scaling its presence across 1,200 schools covering 150,000 students… A+ for Effort”.
Sep 2011: Sikshana Foundation was one of the top 3 finalists in the education sector for the The Times of India Social Impact Awards 2011, for “widespread and tangible impact in the field of public school education”.