Every child has the right to quality education. BIPF works to realize this right by working in areas where access to quality education is limited or non-existent. BIPF’s education intervention framework includes working alongside the government schools; improving their existing infrastructure; building teaching capacity, and equipping them with supplies needed to create a vibrant learning environment where children can thrive and reach their potential. In addition to this, the foundation has also instituted a number of merit and need-based scholarships for students pursuing higher education, in particular, young women. Adult literacy has also become a focus area the foundation and it has set up Adult Education Centers, primarily meant to achieve basic literacy skills, particularly for the women in the villages.
Creating high-quality educational institutions and learning eco-system
THE BIPF SCHOOL – CBSE Affiliated
In 2019, The BIPF School (TBS) opened its doors to its first batch of students. A gorgeous campus spread over 4.5 acres; the spacious and modern school building has been designed in the spirit of inclusivity, with facilities for the differently-able. With state-of-the-art infrastructure that enabled online learning when the pandemic hit, the school provides inclusive, all-round, high quality education to children, including sports and extracurricular activities.
During the Covid-19 closure, technology facilities were upgraded and teachers were trained to maximise their delivery of curriculum over virtual resources. The school’s tech capabilities came into the limelight during the pandemic, where not only classes went online, but students were able to avail counselling and bonding sessions, storytelling as well as participate in various functions held virtually.
As per the Government notification, TBS resumed on-campus classes amidst a clean and sanitized environment, maintaining social distance with requisite precautionary measures. TBS is now in its Fourth Year with classes from Nursery – Std IX. Looks forward to welcome its Std Xth in academic session 2023.
Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship
BIPF has instituted the Professor Ghanashyam Dash Scholarship for Higher Education, an annual scholarship for meritorious students from rural areas who are pursuing professional courses in the areas of medicine, engineering, and liberal arts. Other financial assistance is also provided to those students who needed it on a case-by-case basis.
Support to Government Schools
BIPF supports government schools in tribal areas by building capacities and providing financial & other study resources such as study materials, uniforms, bags, funds, first-aid, to them. These schools are operating in Therubali (Rayagada District) and Sukinda (Jajpur district). BIPF has provided the financial aid to two underprivileged schools and two high schools in the Sukinda - Jajpur district.
To reduce the dropout rate from schools, BIPF collaborates with the state government to strengthen basic educational infrastructure, especially for girl students. BIPF has also built functional toilets for girls with proper water availability. It has led to a marked improvement in school enrolment & attendance, and a reduction in the dropout rate (especially among girl students). BIPF also organizes periodic community meetings and capacity-building exercises for teachers and school management committees to help them in making education productive and engaging. Further, BIPF works with the self-help groups to elucidate the benefits of education for both boys and girls to the parents.
Community Learning Centre (CLC)
BIPF provides basic literacy, financial training, and life skills training to women and adolescent girls through community education centers. The volunteer instructors selected to impart knowledge belong to the same community as the participants – this helps the instructors understand the context and backgrounds of the participants and address their questions and concerns regarding various government schemes.