INNOVATOR SONAM WANGCHUK AND KUMARI SHIBULAL ENDORSE “EACH ONE, TEACH

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Bangalore, July 5 2019:Mrs. Kumari Shibulal, Founder and Managing Trustee, Sarojini Damodaran Foundation(SDF) and Mr. S.D Shibulal, Trustee, SDF and Co-founder, Infosys along with Mr. Sonam Wangchuk, FounderSECMOL (Student’s Educational and Cultural Movement of Ladakh),  endorsed “Each One, Teach One” at an event in Bangalore today. Vidyadhan, a higher education scholarship platform is a Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiative, under the aegis of SDF. Together, they pledged their support to Vidyadhan’s vision to increase its impact from 13,000 scholarships in 10 States to 100,000 scholarships in all States in the next 5-7 years.

While access to higher education in India has improved, the Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) for higher education stands at 25.8% today. Therefore, a vast majority of our youth does not have access to higher education and the opportunities to a better livelihood that result from it. “Each One, Teach One” is the only way we can fulfill our moral responsibility to give back to the society and also to make higher education accessible to all.

Speaking at the event, Mrs. Kumari ShibulalFounder and Managing Trustee, Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) said, “It is our privilege that Mr. Wangchuk supports our vision of “Each One, Teach One”. We are grateful for his support andhis presence as a guest ofhonor today. For “Each One, Teach One” to take shape, we need to scale up to create a mass movement. We believe that the Vidyadhan program is well poised to achieve both. Since the launchof Vidyadhan in 1999,1600+students have completed their education and have entered the mainstream. Currently there are 3500+ students enrolled in the program. Vidyadhan has provided 13,000 scholarships and is expected to grow to 100,000 scholarships, impacting more than 10,000 students and their familiesin the next 5-7 years. We urge individuals, corporates and developmental sector organizations to join our movement and bring to life, our vision, “Each One, Teach One.”

Honorary guest, Mr. Sonam Wangchuk, Founder SECMOL said, “I sincerely believe that “Each One, Teach One”, as a movement has the potential to transform lives through education and to make higher education accessible to all. If such a movement gains momentum across the country, it would not only help increase the Gross Enrollment Ratio, but will also help meritorious students achieve their full potential. In my own experience, through SECMOL, we have learnt that a group of committed and passionate individuals can truly make a difference and start a movement of change.”

About Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF): The Sarojini Damodaran Foundation (SDF) is a part of the Shibulal Family Philanthropic Initiatives (SFPI). Established in1999, SDF emerged from a sense of responsibility towards the society to transform lives through education. SDF started by giving two scholarships to meritorious students from economically disadvantaged families in Kerala. Today, SDF is a constantly growing entity expanding its reach to various causes including education and sports (Vidyadhan, Vidyarakshak and Vidyakreeda), child healthcare (Ayurdhan), organic farming (AkshayaSree Awards) and social causes (Harishree) in different parts of the country

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