Eight million children in India have never stepped inside a school. In addition, the United Nations Children’s Fund found that 80 million Indian students drop out without completing basic schooling. The country’s neediest children often face many obstacles to obtaining a basic education. There may be no school near their home, so they may have to walk miles to get to school. There may be no teacher at the school. They may have no food to eat at home or no one else to take care of younger siblings.
For those reasons and more, the Rekha & Sudhir Puranik Foundation established the Vision International Learning Center dedicated to providing children in rural Pune, India with a quality education and an opportunity to break the cycle of illiteracy and poverty. Founded in 2003, Vision International Learning Center instills skills and values for students’ success in education, work and in life. The school is governed by the Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations, and follows the curriculum set by the Maharashtra State Board of Secondary and Higher Secondary Education.
Students come from the most indigent families in surrounding villages; all of the student population live onsite. The school’s reputation has spurred tremendous growth. The Puranik Foundation now has a larger school with more dormitories, classrooms, computer and science labs, and rooms for dance, music, and other creative arts.
Vision International is run solely by renewable and alternative energy sources. Like much of India’s rural population, the school lacks government infrastructure. Solar power provides the school’s electricity and allows boarding students the opportunity to study after the sun goes down.
Vision International is committed to students’ success and providing children with an invaluable opportunity to go school, stay in school until graduation, and learn reading, math, and life skills in a supportive setting.
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