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Updated December 18th, 2023 at 16:07 IST

University of Melbourne's CSR Initiative to Aid Over 50,000 Students in Andhra Pradesh

University of Melbourne has joined hands with community and government partners in Andhra Pradesh for a pioneering Schools Engagement Program.

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In a transformative move aimed at empowering over 50,000 underrepresented Indian high school students in grades 9-12, the University of Melbourne has joined hands with community and government partners in Andhra Pradesh for a pioneering Schools Engagement Program. This initiative aims to uplift social mobility and foster career advancement opportunities among these students.

Focused on integrating into the students' curriculum, the Schools Engagement Program introduces modules rooted in positive psychology and coaching. These modules aid students in self-discovery and understanding various career paths while contributing positively to their communities.

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The program's impact has been profound, enhancing students' awareness, aspirations, and autonomy. Participants have reported increased self-confidence, self-esteem, and improved decision-making skills. Partnerships with the Government of Andhra Pradesh, the Department of School Education, Rotary International Districts, and other esteemed organizations have facilitated the program's implementation, led by Global Education Solutions.

Since its launch in 2019, the Schools Engagement Program has touched the lives of 8,237 students, supported 178 teachers, and reached around 15,000 parents and caregivers. Initially piloted in ten schools in Pune and nine schools in Madurai, the program's success has prompted plans for expansion.

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Expressing pride in this collaborative effort, Professor Michael Wesley, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Global, Culture, and Engagement) at the University of Melbourne, highlighted the program's significant impact, particularly on disadvantaged girls. He emphasized the endeavor's intent to broaden its reach from 8,000 to an envisioned 50,000 students by 2024, aiming to inspire more young minds and families to explore diverse career possibilities.

Additionally, there are plans underway to extend this impactful initiative to other regions in India, signaling a promising future for educational advancement and social upliftment.

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Sri. B. Srinivasa Rao, I.A.S, State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Andhra Pradesh, acknowledged the program as a transformative pathway that propels social mobility and career advancement through the power of education.

Dr. Mahesh Kotbagi, Rotary International Director 2021-23 and Trustee of Rotary India Literacy Mission, hailed the Schools Engagement Program in Andhra Pradesh as a platform that fosters global culture. He expressed confidence in the program's potential to tackle challenges, particularly in elevating women's literacy rates and promoting gender equality in education, leading towards a more inclusive and harmonious world.

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Published December 18th, 2023 at 16:06 IST

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