NEW YORK, Nov. 01 /CSRwire/ - CA Technologies(NASDAQ:CA) today announced its continued support of education for India’s highest-need students through a $100,000 grant. CA’s contribution will help more than 15,000 rural, low-income children served by Pratham, India’s largest educational NGO, through the Science Learning Program and the Girls’ Education Program.
Through its Science Learning Program, Pratham transforms science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education from rote recitation to activity-based, experiential learning. Pratham’s Girls’ Education program assists girls who have dropped out of school with getting their 10th grade completion certificate, a game changer for future job or education prospects.
Although elementary education in India is universal and free, many children struggle with literacy and numeracy. Almost half of the country’s 210 million children cannot read at grade level. Students who have been in school for five or six years still struggle, leading to high attrition rates in secondary school. A lack of literacy makes STEM subjects especially difficult to understand. Additionally, many girls in India are forced to drop out of school because of socio-economic circumstances and cultural attitudes. India is home to one-third of the world’s child brides, and many young girls are tasked with household chores which make pursuing education a challenge. In response to these needs, Pratham offers targeted educational programs to underprivileged students across India.
This year, CA Technologies is partnering with Pratham to expand its Science Learning Program in the state of Maharashtra, near Mumbai. A science center has been set up in a rural area, and a mobile science van will bring STEM education to even more remote villages, enabling students to participate in science workshops and fairs. Additionally, Pratham will develop comic books about STEM in multiple languages, to make learning science exciting and accessible to a wider range of children.
“Pratham’s Science Learning Program brings a new way of learning to rural schools, inspiring children and transforming their education,” said Sarita Gupta, senior development advisor for Pratham. “We’re grateful to CA Technologies for their generous and sustained support of our students. It will be exciting to watch this partnership flourish and make an even greater impact.”
CA Technologies is also supporting Pratham’s Girls’ Education program, which provides girls who have dropped out of school with access to a safe, supportive learning environment so they can pass their 10th grade examination (equivalent to a high school diploma in the U.S.). Classes are held in the afternoons, so girls can attend once household chores have been completed. The year-long program begins with a three-month course in math, language, English and science to reinforce essential elementary school concepts. Students who perform well and are motivated advance to the second part of the program, which prepares them for the secondary school examination.
“CA Technologies is committed to advancing STEM education and empowering women and girls to succeed,” said Erica Christensen, vice president, Corporate Social Responsibility, CA Technologies. “We are proud to support Pratham’s mission to inspire a love for learning in every child and to make educational programs accessible to all.”
About Pratham The largest educational NGO in India, Pratham was established in 1995 to provide preschool education to children in the slums of Mumbai. Since then, the organization has grown immensely both in scope & geographical coverage, reaching millions of children in 23 of India’s 29 states. Pratham’s programs are designed to address a gamut of educational problems – preschool education, learning support to both in-school and out-of-school children, mainstreaming of out-of-school children, computer literacy, vocational training for youth, assisting girl dropouts to get their high school equivalency certificate, and special programs for vulnerable and working children. Learn more at www.prathamusa.org.
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