Eastern UP Education Initiative

The education interventions of the Tata Trusts focus on addressing issues of quality and equity in elementary education.

The Tata Trusts have been implementing Eastern UP Education Initiative since 2016 in four districts of UP (Bahraich, Pratapgarh, Varanasi and Jaunpur) with the aim of creating a learning environment in deprived areas and improving lives of 63,000 children, adolescents and women through quality education and life skills, by strengthening and supporting the existing education system, in order to enhance their scope for a better standard of living.

The Initiative focuses on:

- Professional development of teachers.
- Setting up functional school libraries.
- Making school environment conducive to students’ learning to achieve grade-appropriate level.
- ITE centres in middle and high schools.
- The Women Literacy Programme, especially Digital Literacy Programme, aligned with the Trusts’ livelihood programmes.
- Life skill education and skill development programmes for adolescents.

Major partners
  • Aga Khan Foundation, Bahraich
  • Trust Community Livelihood, Bahraich
  • Gram Vikas Sewa Sansthan, Pratapgarh
  • PVCHR – Jan Mitra Nyas, Banaras
  • Lokmitra, Raibareli
  • Azad Shiksha Kendra, Jaunpur
Key achievements
  • Reached 58,155 children, adolescents and women in four districts.
  • Built the capacity of 633 teachers through School Learning Improvement Programme and Madrasa Improvement Programme.
  • Established 42 Integrated Approach to Technology in Education centres in 42 locations across six blocks of four districts, reaching out to 7,890 middle and high school students for building digital literacy and 21st century skills. Built capacity of 127 teachers for meaningful use of technology for teaching-learning.
  • Established 48 Early Childhood Development Centres and 60 anganwadi centres run under the Integrated Child Development Scheme, covering around 7,786 children of 3-5 age group, to provide developmentally appropriate pre-school education.
  • Mainstreamed over 10,158 out-of-school children into formal schools.
  • Reached out to 3,660 women learners through 92 women literacy centres in remote villages in four blocks of two districts for developing functional literacy and empowerment through education.
  • Implemented an adolescent education programme in 62 villages in four blocks of two districts, catering to around 4,676 adolescents, more than 4,000 women and other community members.

The Trusts plan to expand interventions in aspirational districts of Eastern UP by working in government schools and anganwadis in 1,000 to 1,500 villages, by working closely with the Education Department.

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