Most of you must have visited Ladakh and been to the famous tourist spots. You will be surprised to know that Ladakh has almost 600+ Govt schools catering to the children of the 100s of hamlets spread across the 60,000 sq.km of harsh terrain. Many of these schools are near to the tourist hotspots but rarely get any visitors. Schools are at an altitude of 9,000 ft to 15,000 ft and on an average boast of a strength of 25-30 students encompassing all the grades. Most of these children are first generation learners. The remoteness and non-connectivity limit the access to quality education near their homes driving parents to send their very young children to boarding schools in faraway towns.
17000 ft foundation is working in Ladakh for the past decade, facilitating quality education to the children of Ladakh near their homes. Our programs focus on upgrading school infrastructure, implementing digital learning solutions for off-grid and off-network areas, enhancing teacher capacity, engaging the community and further supporting the Govt. to bring in systemic reform in education. (https://www.17000ft.org)
Covid-19 has increased the learning gap to a worrisome level as most of the villages are off-grid and off-network. The National Education Survey has highlighted the learning gaps in Numeracy and Literacy and 17000ft has taken up the task to bridge this learning gap in 150 Govt schools, by way of:
- Providing children with grade-appropriate learning resources and story books
- Conducting reading workshop with children to increase their exposure and reading skills
- Building capacity of Head Masters and teachers on implementing Blended Learning so that children can learn at their own pace from the Tablets provided in the specialized Digital Learning Labs (DigiLabs) setup in the schools by 17000ft.
- Sensitizing and mobilizing parents to oversee learning
- Supporting the schools and teachers through visits and calls to ensure children are able to achieve at least their grade-level learning
HOW CAN YOU MAKE A DIFFERENCE?
A donation of Rs.2500/- will ensure the journey of 1 child acquiring grade-level learning over 1 year. You can choose to top up when you are registering for the Marathon.
A Charity Bib displaying 17000 ft Foundation's name on the Bib is also up for grabs. Find more details at https://dhm.unitedwaydelhi.org/charity-bibs or write to us at email@example.com for more details on the same.
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The Indian Himalayan Region (IHR) with a width of 250-300 km, stretches for over 2,500 km, constituting 11 states and 2 Union Territories. Around 5 Cr people reside in this region with 37% of children included. 45% of the districts share international borders and the region is home to hundreds of remote, isolated, inaccessible villages with peculiar challenges pertaining to terrain, remoteness and infrastructure.
In spite of these challenges, the community extremely values education. Children as young as 3 years old stay away from their parents, in boarding schools in far away towns, for want of Quality Education near their homes. Eventually, the families are forced to migrate to the cities and towns to be with their children.
17000 ft Foundation was born to address this exodus of families from frontier mountain villages by facilitating Quality Education to the children near their homes even in the remotest hamlets of the IHR. The foundation believes that geography and distances should not be barriers for providing equal learning opportunities to the children of the IHR.
Presently, 17000ft has footprints in Ladakh and Sikkim and is working in 350+ remote schools (impacting around 75,000 children) to improve the quality of education in the Govt. Schools of the frontier villages and thus preserving the social fabric of these heritage villages.