ITC's Primary Education Programme addresses the lack of quality primary education in rural communities. Aiming to strengthen the government primary schools' vast network by stemming drop-outs, increasing enrolments and improving learning outcomes, the Programme puts in place mutually reinforcing interventions that are coordinated to support a move towards child friendly schools.
Age-appropriate infrastructural facilities are provided to government schools, ranging from separate toilets for boys and girls, boundary walls, drinking water stations and furniture. Focusing particularly on sanitation and health, students and teachers are trained on WASH (Water, Sanitation, Hygiene) principles, and students are motivated to form WATSAN (Water and Sanitation) Committees and Child Cabinets to take ownership of WASH areas in schools, helping to promote behaviourial change among children in their formative years.
The Programme also works to strengthen school management committees and build capacity among teachers to ensure that infrastructure can be sustainably maintained in the long run. Parents’ participation is actively encouraged to develop collaborative partnerships that ensure that more and more children are able to complete their schooling.
The 'Read India Plus' initiative, in partnership with the NGO, Pratham, was introduced in 2013. Utilising an innovative pedagogy, it is geared towards helping children between the ages of 6-14 to achieve all five competencies – Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing and Doing.
ITC’s Primary Education programme has covered over 513,000 students to date. In addition, more than 1,400 government primary schools have been provided infrastructural support.