Monthly Newsletter - November 2012  
Akshara Foundation is a Bangalore-based Public Charitable Trust with the mission to ensure that every child is in school and learning well. Established in the year 2000, Akshara Foundation has a range of programmes that provide multiple solutions for universalizing elementary education.

Mahatma Gandhi said “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing is enough to solve all the world’s problems.” In the work that we do at Akshara Foundation it is important, indeed crucial, that we engage with all different stakeholders through a convenient communications medium. A newsletter is an important part of this effort and we hope that our newsletter will bring you the best of Akshara at all times and will allow you the flexibility to read what you would like to every time you receive our newsletter in your mailbox. In the end if we are able by communicating well, bridge the gap between what we do and what we are capable of doing, we may be able to solve the most difficult social problems of our times.

Happy Diwali !!!

--- Ashok Kamath, Chairman, Akshara Foundation
Happenings @ Akshara

The Karnataka Learning Partnership - An Introduction

The Karnataka Learning Partnership was formed as a framework for nonprofits, corporations, academic institutions, and citizens to get involved in improving government schools in Karnataka, India. The idea was seeded by Akshara Foundation extensive work in government-run schools and preschools in the state. KLP’s work has touched thousands of children. KLP aims at being an independent platform for data collation, visualization, sharing and data-driven advocacy in Public education.

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Lessons from the field : Hoskote and North Karnataka

This year through our In-school programs, Akshara has been intensely engaging in peri-urban and rural areas of Karnataka like Hoskote, Devanahalli, Koppal and Gadag. In one of his recent field trip to Hoskote and North Karnataka, our chairman, Mr. Ashok Kamath met teachers and School Development and Monitoring Commitees (SDMCs) of Government Schools.

Click here to read Ashok's views on the importance of SDMC's involvement to make schools work and inturn provide quality education to children


For people who volunteer for a cause it is the ultimate sublimation. Volunteering is activity on a higher plane, an attempt at an idealized world - the involuntary instinct for the level playing field, breaking down barriers of inequity and deprivation, giving everybody a fair chance, the belief in bringing about systemic change in a system that under-performs, simply drags its feet or outright fails. Akshara regularly organizes volunteering sessions for the corporate sector, parents, the student community and citizens. One such initiative was the library and science-lab makeover initiative for the GKHPS Doddaholluru school in Hoskote by our partner, Target International.

Read more about this energy-packed event here
If you would like to volunteer for Akshara Foundation, write to:
Impact Stories
Lakshmi's Transformation

Each day, we come across meaningful and impactful stories from our work in Anganwadis and Government schools. One such story is of little Lakshmi. Lakshmi is four and a half years old. There is cautious anticipation in her eyes as she gazes into the camera - a look that conceals more than it says. Still and obedient she stands, a neat, folded, white handkerchief pinned fastidiously to her shirt, well-groomed, and perhaps tall for her age. This strikes a bit of a contrary picture because Lakshmi is known to jump and clap her hands with abandon, even write, hesitantly but with relish. In the backdrop are the children of Anganwadi III, Girani Chawl, Hubli, Lakshmi’s friends, with whom she mixes and mingles. Continue reading here

LEGO Habba 2012

The wait is over. The expectancy has culminated in actualization. The LEGO Habba 2012 has started – a festival of ideas, imagination and creativity for children in government schools. The intent of the Habba is to help kick-start long-term relationships between teachers and parents, both critical stakeholders in the academic well-being of the child. The Habba kick-started in November 2012 and will go on till nid-December 2012.

A total of 16 schools are participating in the Habba. All the habbas are organized by various volunteering groups.

Know more about the Lego Habba
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The event has so far been a great success and the encouragement from schools, parents and volunteers have been overwhelming.
Click here to read about the experiences of the first Habba.


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Phone: +91-80-25429726/27 Fax: +91-80-25429728

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