VIDYANJALI- SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMME
The Hon’ble Prime Minister during the review of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan on 22nd June, 2015 desired that the Ministry of Human Resource Development may explore the possibility of young professionals being encouraged to volunteer their services in Government schools.
The Ministry of Human Resource Development recognizes the unique place of volunteers in schools. School volunteers are mentors, confidantes and communicators. Vidyanjali is an initiative to enhance community and private sector involvement in Government run elementary schools across the country under the overall aegis of the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan. Through this initiative people from the Indian Diaspora, retired teachers, retired government officials including retired defence personnel, retired professionals and women who are home makers can volunteer at a school that requests for one.
Vidyanjali will also cover initiatives under the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Public Private Partnership (PPP), with Public Sector Undertaking (PSU) Companies, private corporate and others.
A very large number of people who are not part of the government have expressed a desire to give back to society and particularly to children in government schools. This includes retired government and other professionals, home makers and also members of the Indian Diaspora and their children.
At the same time, there is a huge gap in the provisioning of educational services to children in government schools particularly for co-scholastic areas.
This programme has been envisaged to bring together people willing to volunteer their services at schools which really need them.
The aim of the programme is to strengthen implementation of co-scholastic activities in government schools through services of volunteers.
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