Take a Bow, Tech Mighties
I am delighted to share that we all did a fabulous job contributing to the national campaign – ‘Swachhata Hi Seva’.
I am happy to tell you that across 11 locations TMF conducted 33 different activities and altogether we clocked 6937 volunteers and 32,959 hours.
Thank you for coming out in such large numbers and making it a national mass movement.
Take a bow Tech Mighties!
Here is a short video showing the glimpses of the campaign. Click Here
Mass Cleaning at Public Places
As part of our endeavour towards cleaner India our volunteers came out on the streets to clean the public spaces
Mumbai, Vizag, Puri, Hyderabad saw a massive turnout of associates who cleaned man-made havoc on the shorelines
CEO, Tech Mahindra Foundation
A Man for All Seasons – Vineet Nayyar
For last three years, in the Rise For Good mailers, I have been writing and sharing some powerful stories of heroes who are making difference in their and in the lives of others. I have written about blind and hearing-impaired children doing well in academics, about young men and women battling adversity and rising above it to take care of themselves and their families and so on and so forth.
But, in all these years I never mentioned one person who made it all possible – Vineet Nayyar.
Yesterday, I was a silent listener when many of you spoke eloquently about his leadership and vision, his stoicism and calmness and his decisiveness. But what all of you don’t know is that ouside the courtroom and boardroom battles, he was quietly investing time, money and effort in trying to make a difference in as many lives as possible.
Vineet’s genuine desire for a better world and his passionate approach towards bringing change in the lives of people is truly inspiring for all of us. It’s because of his unstinting support and trust in my decisions, that I was able to take a ‘leap of faith’ and took big initiatives over the last few years. He always believed that philanthropy is a state of mind that drives action and one need compassion, empathy and intent to change that one life.
I personally feel that he has been a ground-breaking leader in social change. Its because of him that Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF) works in the disability space in a range of activities and makes sure that we reach out to an equal number of girls as we do boys. Today we are among the leading organisations in skill development and all this was made possible because of his unqualified support and trust in me.
I would like to thank him for both giving me the opportunity to lead the Foundation and for believing in me and empowering me.
I am proud to have worked under your leadership. Thanks to your compassionate support we have put smiles on many faces.
Team TMF joins me in wishing you good health and a long life ahead.
English-Winglish: Building a cadre of confident English teachers!
With great pride, I would like to share that Tech Mahindra Foundation has launched a new teacher training programme called English-Winglish, which is opening doors to English language for government school teachers and their children.
The government has realized the importance of promoting English in schools as it is the gateway for a better life and a promising future. However, the biggest impediment for vernacular medium schools is the shortage of English language teachers.
To overcome this, Tech Mahindra Foundation has designed a Spoken English Programmer to enhance the communicative English skills of government school teachers. The programmer also imparts skills to improve English teaching methodology in the classroom.
The programmer was piloted in 2017 with 40 teachers from municipal schools in Mumbai. This year we have taken the programmer to Pune municipal schools as well and are currently training about 100 teachers in both the cities. A significant feature is that English-Winglish is being implemented directly by the Foundation, with our in-house Education team members as the trainers.
With 20 days and a total of 120 hours of training, we hope these teachers fulfill the aspirations of millions of parents who send their wards to government schools. Over the next few years, we hope to expand the footprint of English-Winglish to all our locations, creating a vast network of teachers who are change makers for the future generations.
Encouraging Individual Social Responsibility(ISR) is the need of the hour. But, how do we define it? And how do we it? There is an old saying that “the smallest of actions i setter than the boldest of intentions”. Every individual can make small contribution in his/her own way by doing the right thing.
We are happy to share a checklist of things which you can do in your individual capacity and can have a great feel of personal satisfaction at the same time.
So,come and be a part of the movement
Be a responsible Individual and do your ‘Bit.’
Seema trumped visual impairment to score 90%
I am delighted to share that the students supported by our Disability programme have done wonders in Maharashtra State Secondary Board Exams. This year, 12 visually impaired girls from TMF supported, Jagriti school for blind girls in Pune, passed the exam with flying colors. Seema Kharad topped her school by securing an impressive 90%, Snehal Patange stood 2nd by scoring 85.20% and Durga Yevale came 3rd by scoring 84.40%.
The hard work and determination of these girls is unstoppable. Both Seema and Durga are very keen to go for higher education and learn humanities. Seema, a chess enthusiast wants to prepare for UPSC and dreams of becoming an IAS officer. Our second topper Snehal loves to dance and wants to do social service by becoming an advocate. Durga too loves to play chess and plans to take a road to teaching by taking the role of a professor.
Friends, I am proud of the girls who are blurring the lines between ‘abled’ and ‘disabled’. At Tech Mahindra Foundation we believe that disability is not an impediment to academic success and thus empowering Persons with Disability becomes our mission.
We wish all the best to students like Seema, Durga and Snehal who are working hard to conquer their disabilities.
Smart Student Carving a niche with SMART Pay Packages!
Today we are beaming with pride because one of our student has been placed with Neera Eye Care Center as a Front Office & Billing Executive, at a package of Rs. 3,24,000!
Siddhartha’s story is very motivating.
Siddhartha, a 35-year-old man, married with two kids, was struggling to make both ends meet. Despite having degrees his lack of confidence and communication skills came in his way of getting a decent job. Daily he struggled under to find a job. His life changing moment came when he saw a newspaper advertisement by Tech Mahindra Academy for Healthcare.
“I had all the qualification but my skills were not polished. i know that only way I could get a decent job was through a professional course which would guide me to a career path. I enrolled myself in the Hospital Front Office and Billing Executive (HFOBE) course. My family and kids also supported me wholeheartedly. thanks to Academy. today I have a decent job in my hand” said Siddhartha with a smile of accomplishment on his face.
This is the highest salary that any SMART student has achieved so far. It is heartening to see our students reaching such great heights. Not only me but everyone at TMF is feeling happy with Siddhartha’s accomplishment.
Join me in wishing him all the best!
SAAKAAR – Making Dreams Come True
It is with great pleasure that I announce the launch of SAAKAAR scholarship fund. A one of its kind initiative that we have undertaken to support children of the third party staff at Tech Mahindra to continue their higher education. SAAKAAR scholarship fund is an effort to encourage students in their academic pursuits.
The first scholarship has also rolled out with a very first recipient being Ms. AsmitaZende, daughter of SurekhaZende, who works at Sharda center, Pune. Being a single parent life was not easy for Surekha but her strong will power never stopped her from educating her daughter. But, after finishing her school, she had no idea how to help her in pursuing higher studies? She was looking for an opportunity when the team SAKAAR reached her and offered the scholarship support. She accepted the scholarship and wishes to make a career in financing after completing her graduation.
I am attaching the scholarship details. Kindly disseminate as much as possible in your location and recommend deserving students for the scholarship. I am also attaching a poster. You might like to have it printed at least A-3 size and put up in prominent locations in office.
Lets pledge to make every dream SAAKAAR
FROM KITCHENETTE TO THE CLASS OF SMART ACADEMY
“Strength grows in the moments when you think you cant go on but you keep going anyway”
In my life I have had the opportunity to meet many strong, smart and courageous women. I have always tried to bring you stories which are inspiring and encouraging. ‘Rise For Good Series’ is one such platform where we celebrate with women of all backgrounds and ages.
Today, I will share one such story of P. Sudha, who comes from a conservative community in Vishakhapatnam. She got married at a very tender age of 17, as her family feared that her higher education would limit her marriage prospects. Soon, she became a mother to a baby girl and was confined to the four walls of her home. Though not unhappy, Sudha was looking for an opportunity to start life afresh. It was difficult given her relatively lower education.
One day, when she heard about the Web Designing courses at Vizag SMART Academy, she knew it was a life changing opportunity. With her husband and family by her side, she enrolled at the Academy with dreams in her eyes. Skill training in web designing was exactly the much needed push that propeled her into a creative world. Her husband and in–laws always stood by her and took care of the child while she was away at the Academy.
“My family is my biggest strength, they made it all possible”, says Sudha.
It gives me immense pride to share that Sudha is currently undergoing her Internship with Vismaya media house, which has already made an offer of a job to her. Do join me in wishing Sudha the best in her coming life.
Rise for Good series/ ARISE schools take the top spot
2018 is starting off on a heart-warming note. Every year, the Bangalore municipal corporation (BBMP) holds ‘Guru Vandana’, a felicitation programme for the best performing schools and teachers. BBMP gave awards to the five best primary municipal schools. I am very proud to share that of those five best primary schools, three are schools that are supported by our ARISE (All Round Improvement in School Education) programme. The first place went to the ARISE school in Jogupalya, the second to the ARISE school in Lakkasandra and the ARISE school in Chinnayanpalya took fourth place.
Chronic absenteeism, poor or no lesson planning, badly maintained classrooms, and very little parent engagement are issues that plague many of our municipal school, consequently leading to low enrolment. The municipal schools in Bangalore were no different – until ARISE started to work its magic. Through ARISE, we bring about an overall improvement in teachers, school resources and maintenance, the curriculum and community engagement.
Each of these schools has seen a rise in student enrolment since ARISE began. One of the schools had only 10 students, and little more than a year later has more than 100. The schools now have teachers who are interested in teaching, who make the effort to plan lessons and spark the children’s interest, rather than merely marking time. They have resource rooms for science, mathematics, and English, and computer laboratories. Extra-curricular activities like sports and art have been introduced. The award evaluation committee spent a full day observing school activities and taking note of how the teachers and children interact with one another. The results of the observation speak for themselves.
The ARISE team in Bangalore is showing that our municipal schools are not broken beyond repair, that where there is a will, we will find a way!
Warm regards and a very happy New Year!