Sikshana Foundation was founded by Mr. E.S. Ramamurthy, who wanted to use his deep management experience as the GM of a large public sector unit, to improve the quality of learning outcomes in government schools. In 2002, when Sikshana was supporting about 14 schools in Bangalore city, Mr. Ramamurthy was invited to meet Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, who highlighted to him that rural schools were not getting enough attention. Dr. Kalam also set him the goal of supporting 1,000 schools. The Foundation immediately took this direction to heart and has had a primary focus on improving rural schools ever since (and we now support over 2,000 schools!).
As Dr. Kalam rightly pointed out, the need for support in rural areas is acute. According to the 2015 Annual Status of Education Report (ASER):
71% of students in class 7 in rural Karnataka schools are not able to perform basic class 3 arithmetic.
The numbers are similarly concerning for Maharashtra (72%), as well as for Andhra Pradesh and Telangana (52%). While these statistics apply to both public and to private schools, Sikshana has decided to focus on public schools as over 80% of students in rural areas attend them.
Sikshana Foundation’s Mission:
“To evolve sustainable and replicable models for an effective public school system.”