Our vision is a world free of poverty in which every individual has the freedom and power to create and sustain a just society in which to live.
Our mission is to empower the poor to participate in and benefit from the Indian growth process through integrated action in the fields of primary health, elementary education, financial inclusion and sustainable livelihood. This will be achieved through active collaboration with the government and independent organisations.
In the area of elementary education, we work to improve the quality of schooling processes and outcomes in the public education system in India.
School and teacher education reform programme in Rajasthan
ICICI Foundation in collaboration with the Directorate of Elementary Education, State Institute of Education Research and Training and Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (the Government of India’s flagship programme for achievement of universalisation of elementary education) aims to support and enable education functionaries to deliver quality education in alignment with the current government mandates and strengthen strengthen school and teacher education reform.
Chhattisgarh Curriculum and Textbook Development
ICICI Foundation facilitated a collaborative partnership among its partner resource organisations; the Vidya Bhawan Education Resource Centre, Udaipur and the state government to support the process of school curriculum renewal. Through the collaborative effort, critical support was extended to strengthen the capacities of the State Council for Education Research and Training to develop a new curriculum framework and textbooks. Today, four million students across Chhattisgarh have benefitted from the revised curriculum and learn with the help of these child-friendly textbooks.
Creating an Education Resource Centre in Chhattisgarh
In Chhattisgarh, ICICI Foundationand its partner resource organisations – Digantar, Jaipur, Eklavya, Hoshangabad and Vidya Bhawan Education Resource Centre, Udaipur -- have created the Chhattisgarh Education Resource Centre (CERC), a robust education resource centre that supports the government education institutions to strengthen the quality of elementary education in the state.
English Relay Programme
Launched in July 2011 byICICI Foundation in collaboration with Axom Sarba Siksha Abhijan Mission, the English Relay Programme aims to impact students of 100 government-run elementary schools in Kamrup district in Assam. This programme is specifically designed for students, who learn English as their second or third language and aims to strengthen the capacities of the teachers so that the students may develop basic English language proficiency.
The Quality Education Programme
The Quality Education Programme in Baran, is a collaborative initiative of the Foundation and its partner resource organisations, which supports government efforts to improve the quality of elementary education in Rajasthan’s Baran district. In addition to strengthening government education institutions, the programme has improved in-service teacher trainings, teacher and student attendance, classroom practices and learning.
Muktangan Education Initiative
ICICI Securities, through ICICI Foundation, is continuing its support of the pre-primary section of Muktangan, a Mumbai-based NGO. Muktangan works within the government school system and has taken full control of the educational procedures of the Globe Mills Passage Municipal School. Muktangan’s goal is to use alternative, holistic techniques to design a model of quality education that is sustainable and affordable.