Noida, India, April 10th, 2017: Sampark Foundation, an initiative by Vineet Nayar, Former CEO of HCL Technologies Ltd. and his wife Anupama Nayar flagged off the implementation of Sampark Smart Shala Traning Programfor government primary school teachers in Chhattisgarh & Uttarakhand.
The 100-day training program commencing in Chhattisgarh today will see 30 training teams spread across different districts of Chhattisgarh and Uttarakhand in the coming months. The teams will be training over 1 lakh government primary school teachers in these states from April to July, making it one of the largest teacher training program by a private foundation
With an investment of INR 60 crores in Chhattisgarh and INR 40 crores in Uttarakhand from Sampark Foundation, the Sampark Smart Shala Program has been successfully implemented in more than 50,000 primary government schools with 30 Lakh children. After a year of implementation, the Program ensures over 80% of children are able to do basic Maths operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and use 500 new words to speak and write in English.
Vineet Nayar, Founder Chairman, Sampark Foundation said, “We started off solving the problem of how to improve learning outcomes in our public schools by overcoming teachers’ discomfort in teaching English and Math. Today, this thought has become a movement, with Sampark Smart Shala being readily accepted in Uttarakhand and Chhattisgarh. I wish the training teams all the success for this mammoth task they are about to undertake. ”
In 2017-18, Sampark Foundation is going to focus on 1) Training of over 1,00,000 teachers on Sampark Smart Shala Program 2) Distribute over 50,000 Sampark Smart Shala English kits 3) Monitor progress of 30 lakh children on a monthly basis through “Sampark Smart Class App” 4) Create an Education Quality resource group for Mathematics and English at the Block, District and State level to focus on improving learning outcomes in primary government schools through Sampark Foundation Master Trainers located in each district alongside the state government leadership team.
About Sampark Foundation:
With ‘Innovation led large scale social change’ as the central idea, Sampark Foundation founded by Vineet Nayar, Former CEO, HCL Technologies Ltd. and his wife Anupama Nayar, is impacting lives of 7 million children studying in 76,000 schools in Uttarakhand, Chhattisgarh and Jharkhand; making it one of the world’s largest primary school transformation initiatives by a Foundation. They have committed an investment of Rs 650 cr to drive transformation in 2,00,000 schools bringing smiles to 10 million children by 2020.
About Sampark Smart Shala:
Sampark Smart Shala is a learning outcome focused frugal innovation that uses technology, a voice mascot called “Sampark Didi”, toys, folklore, games, teacher training modules combined with rigorous monitoring in collaboration with state governments bringing smiles on the faces of 7 million children across 76,000 schools at the cost of just $1 per child/Annum.
About Vineet Nayar :
Vineet Nayar is Founder, Chairman of Sampark Foundation and former CEO of HCL Technologies, a leading IT firm whose transformation was architected from $0.7 billion in 2005 to $4.7 Billion in 2013 by Vineet, which led HCL’s management practices being taught as a case study in Harvard Business School. He is also author of the highly acclaimed management book, “Employee First, Customers Second – Turning Conventional Management Upside Down which has sold 100,000 copies till date. Vineet has been cited in “Forbes 48 Heroes of Philanthropy 2016 for the pedagogical innovations the Foundation has brought into classrooms. He is also an acknowledged management visionary and a radical thinker and has been included in the elite “Thinkers 50 List” in 2011-2012 which is a listing of the world’s top 50 business leaders.