Supporting Municipal Schools

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“Where a child comes from should not decide who s/he can become.”

The justice and empathy in the words above justify the existence of Thermax Foundation. Thermax Foundation believes that education is the greatest leveller of social inequality, and the only sustainable way to ensure equity in education is to improve the public education system.

In recent years, people from low-income urban communities began transferring their children from government schools to low-fee or ‘affordable’ private schools. This was in response to the poor quality of education in government schools and the realization of the need for English medium education. Recognizing the insufficiently available English-medium schools, Thermax Foundation partnered with the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), PimpriChinchwad Municipal Corporation (PCMC) and Akanksha Foundation to initiate English medium public schools in Pune.

Under this public-private partnership (PPP), the Municipal Corporation is responsible for providing the infrastructure, regular books and stationery, mid-day meal and school uniforms for the students. The Akanksha Foundation is responsible for teacher recruitment, training and setting goals, curriculum and also the entire administration of the schools. Thermax Foundation takes care of the entire funding, government liaison and ensures smooth functioning of the schools. The five schools currently being run and managed under this PPP are-

S.No Municipal Schools  under PPP Partnership with Year of adoption
1 K C Thackeray School,
SomwarPeth
PMC 2007
2 SavitribaiPhule School,
BhavaniPeth
PMC 2008
3 Matoshri School,
Yerawada
PMC 2009
4 Anantrao Pawar Memorial School, Bopodi PMC 2009
5 Acharya VinobaBhave Secondary School, BhavaniPeth PMC 2013
The school project aims to achieve the following key goals:
  • Demonstrate that it is possible for children from low-income communities to achieve academic success when given excellent education in an enabling environment
  • Showcase that almost within the budget Government spends on a municipal schools, with proper management and administration, better learning outcome can be achieved.
The partnership began with one Municipal Corporation (PMC) and one school in 2007 and Thermax currently funds five schools in PMC.
Additionally, Thermax Foundation through Akanksha has also established an Alumni Support Program so that the children are well supported even after they leave the schools. The objective of our initiative is not that the students should complete their 10th Standard but to support them till they secure a stable livelihood and bring them out of the poverty cycle.

Some of the achievements:

K C Thackeray VidyaNiketan School, for the 3rd successive year has achieved not only 100% students passing in the SSC exams but also outperforming its own result. The achievement over the past 3 years are as follows:

Year 2012-13 2013-14 2014-15 2015-16 2016-17
No of Students 58 61 59 61 57
Pass Percentage 100% 100% 100% 100% 100%
First Division & Distinctions 41 (71%) 47 (77%) 55 (93%) 47 (77%) 34 (58%)
2nd Divisions 17 (29%) 14 (23%) 4 (7%) 14 (23%) 23 (42%)
The school has been selected to be part of the global network of Ashoka Changemaker Schools. Ashoka Changemaker Schools are a global network to identify, connect and support innovative schools around the world and equip young people with empathy, teamwork, leadership and creative skills to work successfully in rapidly changing environments.