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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a vital component of Bharti Airtel’s corporate ethos, and we are committed to contributing to the communities and society in which we operate. We aim to leave a positive impact on the communities in a meaningful and enduring way through multiple projects.
Our constant efforts in the field of education, women empowerment, healthcare, sanitation and employment generation motivates us to remain committed to make the world a better place. Airtel’s operations are spread across 18 countries and serve more than 423 Mn customers in India and abroad. As part of our responsibility to serve the remotest pockets of India, we strive to reach communities suffering from poverty, lack of healthcare facilities and access to quality education. Airtel's network spreads to rural and remote areas, where we are contributing to fulfill the unmet requirements of underserved communities, through programs pertaining to education and health, to ensure their holistic development.
Bharti Airtel Limited made significant contributions towards multiple welfare and development programs during FY 2019-20. In its endeavour to ensure sustainable development, Airtel contributed ₹ 2.15 Mn to Bharti Foundation, ₹ 300 Mn to Satya Bharti Foundation for establishing Satya Bharti Institute of Technology and ₹ 16.39 Mn for various other philanthropic initiatives and community development projects.
Bharti Foundation was set up in the year 2000 as the philanthropic arm of Bharti Enterprises. It implements and supports programs in primary, secondary, and higher education as well as sanitation. The flagship Satya Bharti School Program, launched in 2006, provides free quality education to underprivileged children in rural India across six states, with a focus on the girl child. Since 2013, the Foundation has also been working in partnership
with the government to improve the quality of overall schooling experience for students in government schools through the Satya Bharti Quality Support Program. Launched in 2014, Satya Bharti Abhiyan, the sanitation initiative has been improving sanitation conditions in the districts of Ludhiana and Amritsar, in the State of Punjab, by providing toilets and fostering behavioural change in communities.
The higher education partnerships and initiatives are designed to meet the education paradigms of the 21st century. Bharti School of Telecommunication Technology and Management (IIT, Delhi), Bharti Centre for Communication (IIT, Bombay) and Bharti Institute of Public Policy (ISB, Mohali) are among the leading higher education institutions in the country.
Students impacted in the current academic year
Community members impacted
*The above data includes all programs and reflects their impact created since inception
THE SATYA BHARTI SCHOOL PROGRAM
The flagship program of Bharti Foundation, Satya Bharti School Program was launched with a chain of rural schools in 2006. The schools provide quality education to underprivileged children, absolutely free of cost. It also supports them with free text-books, uniform, notebooks, stationery and nutritious mid-day meals. The program, with a special focus on the girl child, has many children who are first-generation learners. The program aims to deliver transformative education to children to make them educated, confident, responsible and self-reliant citizens with a deep sense of commitment to their society.
Activities within and outside the classrooms are given equal importance to allow students to learn ‘from life, for life’; thereby inculcating the right values, attitudes, life-skills, and confidence. Parents, community and like-minded organizations are active partners in the schools and all the Satya Bharti Schools uphold this way of functioning.
Satya Bharti School Students - Joyous and Confident
Free Quality Education
Satya Bharti Schools provide students free education including:
Students from SC/ST/OBC communities
All data as of 31 March, 2020
^ data as of February 29, 2020 due to school closure since mid-March, due to nationwide lockdown for containing COVID-19
Key Achievements (2019-20)*
Satya Bharti Schools emphasize holistic development that helps develop 21st-century life skills. As a result, coscholastic activities are given as much importance as scholastic activities. Students are encouraged to participate in a range of activities within the school as well as in external competitions at the cluster, block, district, state, national as well as international level.
- 117 Satya Bharti School students secured merit-based admissions for elementary/ higher secondary education in schools such as Navodaya, Aarohi, Dr. BR Ambedkar, Sewa Bharti, KGBV and Punjab Meritorious schools.
- 11 Satya Bharti Schools featured among the ‘Top 100’ in ‘Design for Change (DFC)’. Of these, three schools (Satya Bharti Schools, Cheema and Jijjeani, and Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Jhaneri, Punjab) featured in the ‘Top 20’.
- Two students from Satya Elementary schools Balliyewal and Dhulka, Punjab, won Individual Silver and Bronze at ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Award’ for making a positive difference in their communities.
Brainfeed School Excellence Award 2019
- Satya Bharti School, Umarpura, Amritsar, Punjab has won ‘India Country Prize’ for Best Business Plan’ at internationally acclaimed ‘School Enterprise Challenge run’ by the educational charity Teach a Man to Fish.
- All five Senior Secondary Schools were awarded ‘Top 500 Schools’ in India by the ‘Brainfeed School Excellence Awards 2019’ for excellence in providing quality education.
- 10 students of Satya Bharti Adarsh Secondary Schools (eight from Sherpur Kalan and two from Rauni) won Science Talent Search competition conducted by ‘Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan’, a national competition in collaboration with Dept. of Science & Technology.
- 67 students won ‘Saksham National Competition 2019’ in Painting organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, GOI.
- Satya Elementary School, Bagga Khurd (Ludhiana) ranked 2nd while Satya Bharti Adarsh Sr. Secondary Schools Chogawan and Rauni ranked 3rd. Both schools earned a ‘special recognition’ in the ‘Design Awards 2019’ conducted by IGenPlus, a nation-wide competition recognizing students of grade VIII-XII for design thinking, to generate innovative ideas for overcoming real-life problems.
- 27 students featured in ‘Top 100’ and one student from Satya Bharti Adarsh Senior Secondary School, Sherpur Kalan secured the first state rank in level 2, in the ‘Green Olympiad examination’ conducted by Tata Energy Research Institute (TERI).
- Over 5,400 students participated in ‘Bricsmath 2019’, an online mathematics competition for BRIC countries, organized for classes I-XII. More than 1,900 students were declared ‘winners’ and over 2,000 were graded as ‘achievers’.
- Four schools received the ‘Green’ certificate under the ‘Green School Program Audit’ conducted by the Center for science environment (CSE).
- 29 students emerged winners of ‘Inspire Aspire’ (Inspiring Purpose, supported by the John Templeton Foundation) poster-making competition.
- Eight students secured honorable mentions in ‘Khula Aasmaan’ painting competition organized by India Art Foundation. Integrated Report Statutory Reports Financial Statements Bharti Airtel Limited 098 Integrated Report and Annual Financial Statements 2019-20 Airtel’s quest for care The Foundation believes in continuous capacity building for teachers through training as well as on-the-job mentoring. Teachers are recruited locally for their passion and commitment towards teaching and development of underprivileged children. A few salient teachers’ achievements at the national level included:
- Three teachers awarded ‘Centre for Teacher Accreditation (CENTA)’ – an olympiad for Teaching Professionals – one each for ‘Subject Toppers – Primary Hindi Medium’, ‘Regional Toppers – Middle School Maths’ and ‘Subject Toppers – Secondary School Maths’ category.
- 17 teachers declared winners in the ‘Zero Investment Innovation for Education Initiatives’ (ZIIEI) award for creating zero cost innovation TLM conducted by Sri Aurobindo Society.
- One teacher was selected among top 25 national level awardees for ‘Edustar’, organized by Teachershelp Teachers, for making a difference.
Road Safety Project by Satya Bharti School Cheema, Punjab - DFC Top 20 winner
A student lost her uncle in a road accident due to fog and absence of lights on the village road. Determined to find a solution, she, together with a group of students, pasted 'reflectors' on roadside poles and trees, fixed broken poles and installed convex mirrors on turns, blind spots and crossings.
Pramerica Spirit of Community award Bronze medal for students of Satya Elementary School Balliyewal, Punjab
Students undertook rallies in the village to raise awareness about the menace of polythene bags. They stitched hundreds of cloth bags in a span of 2-3 months with unused pieces of cloth, collected from households. The villagers supported this initiative wholeheartedly and switched to using cloth bags.
SATYA BHARTI QUALITY SUPPORT PROGRAM
The Satya Bharti Quality Support Program aims to improve the overall education quality in Government schools in partnership with the State Governments. It supports children, teachers, parents and administrators to transform schools into vibrant and integrated institutions of learning, ensuring holistic development through the introducing of co-scholastic interventions. While the program framework revolves around engaging students, parents, communities and motivating teachers, the school’s leadership also receives support to prioritize areas of improvement and create goals for further development. The core philosophy of the Program focuses on making schools engaging and happy spaces. This has resulted in the holistic development of students, as they acquire leadership, communication, collaboration, and other 21st Century skills along with learning.
Since its inception, the Program has rapidly grown its footprints in 14 states/UTs, swiftly leaving a mark on school leadership, teachers, parents, communities and most importantly, on students of partner government SATYA BHARTI QUALITY SUPPORT PROGRAM schools. Each school decides the place and trajectory depending on the School’s leadership vision for bringing about a sustainable change.
Schools (in 14 states/UTs)
Children from SC/ST/OBC communities
All data as of 31 March, 2020
^ data as of February 29, 2020 due to school closure since mid-March, due to nationwide lockdown for containing COVID-19
Key initiatives and achievements
The interventions focused on students’ all-round development by instilling life-skills and leadership spirit. It also sensitized them towards the society and the environment. The initiatives also focused on the creation of student clubs and leadership groups to secure opportunities for holistic growth; building aspirations & exposure through lecture series, participation in competitions, etc
Awards won by students at different levels.
Average number of awards received by each school in 2019-20 (up from 2.5 in 2018-2019)
Overall, girls held 52% of *leadership positions in student clubs and houses formed in partner co-educational government schools.
A range of thematic workshops benefitted thousands of students in hundreds of partner government schools on topics ranging from Science, Stress Management and Career Planning to Electrocution, and Lightening. These workshops were organized independently or in partnership with industry experts for augmenting students’ cognitive abilities. The interventions focused on students’ all-round development by instilling life-skills and leadership spirit, while sensitizing them towards the society and environment.
School Leadership and Teachers’ Engagement
A joint vision for the school’s journey towards excellence is created with the school leadership; encouraging them to believe in their ability to bring about a change; motivating teachers to innovate, be more involved with students and to institutionalize new processes in schools, teachers are given need-based support and opportunities to showcase their expertise with creative teachinglearning material and processes.
Annual Satya Bharti Education Rockstar Achievers (SBERA) award 2019 saw 600 teachers participate from nine states (Assam, Delhi, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Rajasthan, Telangana, and Uttar Pradesh) and 60 teachers were selected as block and district level winners. SBERA awards are instituted to recognize teachers for creating Innovative TLMs.
In addition, six teachers were awarded the ‘Teacher Innovation Award’ for ‘Zero Investment Innovative Ideas in Education Initiatives’ (ZIIEI) hosted by Sri Aurobindo Society. One teacher qualified for CENTA, the teaching professionals’ Olympiad.
Parents’ and Community Involvement
The program encourages structured parent-teacher interactions (PTMs) and creates initiatives around involving the community to support the school by bringing in resources as well as ensuring SMC contribution in the school’s development. The community support system was further strengthened and the school leadership was trained to increase community involvement in the form of volunteering, material contributions as well as financial support. Home Mentor program was piloted for nine schools under the Department of Education (DOE), Delhi with the objective of involving parents in the education of their children. Under this program, parents were oriented on how-to guide and supervise a child’s time spent on studies along with games/ outdoor activities. The program received encouraging feedback not only from the parents but, teachers as well.
A safe, warm and vibrant learning environment is facilitated by encouraging optimal utilization of the existing school infrastructure through initiatives such as cleanliness, plantation, energizing labs/libraries, formalizing child safety processes and enabling colorful spaces for displaying students’ creative work.
Avg awards per school
Avg no. of PTMs Held per school
Avg no. of events per school
of schools received community contribution
Days of deployed teacher training
Words of Encouragement
“As per my observation during inspection and responses received from schools, commendable progress has been noted due to Satya Bharti Quality Support Program on certain aspects such as teachers’ orientation, formation of students’ houses, workshops on life skills, participation in external competition and various social campaigns, school development plan and annual calendar.”
- Shri Shyam Sunder Solanki
Chief District Education Officer, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Pali, Rajasthan
“I would like to offer my heartiest thanks to Bharti Foundation for their collaborative approach with RMSA, Kamrup.”
- Shri Prasanna Borah
Inspector of schools, KDC cum District Program Coordinator, RMSA, Kamrup, Assam
“Samagra Shiksha has entered into a MoU with Bharti Foundation on the 16th of Oct 2018 and during this period (up to Dec 2019), Bharti Foundation has done some very appreciable work including guidance and counseling of students of 10th and 12th of partnered schools (30 schools), organized Satya Bharti Spell Wizard Competition and exposure visits along with many more productive activities.”
- Shri Ashish Kohli
State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha Abhiyan, Himachal Pradesh, Shimla
Advisor to the Governor of J&K acknowledged Bharti Foundation’s contribution for promoting quality education in the Union Territory at a felicitation function on 2nd Oct 2019
Partnering with non-government schools
Bharti Foundation organized and supported a number of workshops, activities and competitions for students, in partnership with respective state education departments. Bharti Foundation led Satya Bharti Spell Wizard*, initiated in 2018, reached out to over 14,000 students from more than 600 partner government schools. In addition, around 20,000 students from over 1,200 non-partner government schools across nine states/ UTs (Assam, Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Meghalaya, Rajasthan and Telangana) participated in the competition.
The Satya Bharti Math Wizard**, initiated in 2019, saw participation from around 2,500 students from 160 partner government schools and more than 16,000 students from 1,000 nonpartner government schools from the states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
*An English language spelling competition for improving vocabulary and spelling competencies
** A competition to improve numeracy skills
- Nine schools selected among ‘Top 100’, of which three are ranked among the ‘Top 20’ in the prestigious ‘Design for Change’ contest.
- Two student groups from schools in Pakur and Dumka in Jharkhand, respectively, won a silver and a bronze in the ‘Pramerica Spirit of Community Awards 2020’ for voluntary community service.
- 46 students declared winners of ‘Inspire-Aspire’ (Inspiring Purpose, supported by the John Templeton Foundation) poster-making competition. One student secured an honourable mention in ‘Khula Aasmaan,’ painting competition by India Art Foundation.
- 32 students from schools in Telangana, Karnataka, Haryana and Delhi qualified for ‘National Means cum Merit Scholarship’.
- Five students qualified for ‘INSPIRE’ (Innovation in Science Pursuit for Inspired Research), an initiative by the Department of Science & Technology for attracting talent.
- Two schools (one each from Haryana and Telangana) have been selected for establishing ‘Atal Tinkering Lab’ (ATL) by Atal Innovation Mission (AIM) under NITI Aayog to foster curiosity and innovation in students.
- Two schools in Karnataka have been certified Green under the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE)’s ‘Green School Program Audit’.
- Six students won ‘Saksham National Competition 2019’ in Karnataka and Rajasthan for Painting, organized by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), under the aegis of Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, GoI.