Akshaya Patra

Topics: Primary education, India, Primary school Pages: 8 (1064 words) Published: January 27, 2015

Akshaya Patra
Vision: “NO CHILD IN INDIA SHALL BE DEPRIVED OF EDUCATION BECAUSE OF HUNGER” Mission: “TO FEED 5 MILLION CHILDREN BY 2020”
About
Akshaya Patra organization’s an initiative of ISKCON, the programme commenced in Bengaluru in the year 2000. It served nutritious food to 1,500 children in five schools in Bengaluru. The original idea was to extend the concept of prasadam, from being offered just in the temple to a more meaningful and needy segment like poor school children. Through organization’s mid-day meal programme, it attempts to feed the millions of children in India who have the zeal to learn and achieve. Today Akshaya Patra is the world’s largest (not-for-profit run) mid-day meal programme serving wholesome food to over 1,402,393 children from 10,661 schools across 10 states in India spread across 23 locations with 11 ISO certified kitchens1. Primary Education Scenario in India

India’s education system has high dropout rate, below table show the estimated dropouts in percentage. India having the huge young population the future of India is at risk if basic education is not provided. Among several factors for high dropout one of the significant factor is poverty. Poverty drives children’s to opt for job increase in child labor to earn for family or food to survive. Drop-out rates of all categories of students 1999-2000 to 2009-20102 Year

Primary (I-V)
Elementary (I-VIII)

Boys
Girls
Total
Boys
Girls
Total
1999-00
39.8
41
40.3
53.3
57.7
55.1
2000-01
39.7
41.9
40.7
50.3
57.7
53.7
2002-03
38.4
39.9
39
52.9
56.9
54.6
2003-04
35.85
33.72
34.89
52.28
53.45
52.79
2004-05
33.74
28.57
31.47
51.85
52.92
52.32
2005-06
31.81
25.42
29
50.49
51.28
50.84
2006-07*
28.71
21.77
25.67
48.67
48.98
48.8
2009-10**
30.25
27.25
28.86
40.59
44.39
42.39
Table 1 : Drop-out rates of all categories of students 1999-2000 to 2009-2010

With the implementation of the mid-day meal programme, Akshaya Patra and the Government have observed a rise in primary school enrolment, stable attendance, improved concentration and academic performance, countering of classroom hunger, and a gradual decrease in school drop-out rate. Overall Student enrollment for standard 1 has increased by 28% due to Akshay Patra3.

MIDDAY Meal Programs in India
Although 50 percent of India’s children were malnourished, the provision of midday meals was sporadic and in many places non-existent. Responding to pressure from the Indian people, the Supreme Court of India passed an order on November 28, 20014, which mandated: “Cooked midday meal is to be provided in all the government and government-aided primary schools in all the states”. Inconsistent food quality, occasional food poisoning, poor hygiene, and operational concerns were among the complications to the provision of government-sponsored midday meals. The meals were prepared by teachers, who cooked the same meal every day. Today, through the partnership with the Government of India and various State Governments, as well as philanthropic donors; the organization runs the mid-day meal programme. Built on a public-private partnership, Akshaya Patra combines good management, innovative technology and smart engineering to deliver a nutritious and hygienic school lunch. Financials

Akshaya Patra, believe in absolute transparency in all our activities. Transparency, especially for an NGO, is the key to trust and reliability. Akshaya Patra upholds absolute transparency in all its activities. They have also apply the latest principles of fair value accounting and recognize all in kind donations. Organization’s best practices have always resulted in keeping the operational expenditure to a fraction of revenues earned. This has resulted to optimize the administration and fundraising costs.

Following Table Indicates Total Income Generated via donation & Government subsidies  
(INR ` in Lakhs)
Income
2012-13
2011-12
Donations...
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