The Great India Talent School (GITS) is the first programme of GITF. It is an initiative to ensure no child is left behind in the pursuit of education for all.
GITS is in collaboration with the Government of Tripura, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, donors, and the local community. It is alignment with five Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations.
The idea is to educate, enable, and empower children of tribal and rural communities in India by setting up multiple educational institutions that will enable them to pursue higher education in their fields of interest while remaining rooted to their unique identities.
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, were adopted by the United Nations in 2015. Focussed on the idea of ‘leave no one behind’ the UN SDGs were a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure that by 2030 all people enjoy peace and prosperity.
The Prime Minister of India, Shri Narendra Modi has said that a holistic education system is vital for national transformation. Holistic education is one of the guiding principles of the National Education Policy 2020. It is designed to not only prepare students for academic success, but also for the challenges of living as well. It encompasses the cognitive and emotive elements of an individual's growth on a broader scale than traditional schooling.
The Akshaya Patra Foundation is the world’s largest NGO-run School Meal Programme. The Foundation began serving mid-day meals in June 2000 to approximately 1,500 school children in five government schools in Bengaluru, Karnataka. It provided testimony to the Supreme Court of India on the process and efficacy of the Mid-Day Meal Programme following which on 28 November 2001, the Supreme Court of India passed a mandate, "Cooked mid-day meal is to be provided in all the Government and Government-aided primary schools in all the states."
Currently, Akshaya Patra is nourishing more than 19 lakhs children in 22,367 government schools from its 65 kitchens located across 14 states and 2 union territories. The Foundation has been consistently and sustainably combating childhood hunger by striving towards its vision that, “No child in India shall be deprived of education because of hunger.”
Similarly, the right to education is also a human right and indispensable for the exercise of other human rights. Hence, no child should be left behind in terms of education and talent development while also calling in for a concerted effort to fulfil this goal.