"SAGE believes passionately that engaged scholarship lies at the heart of any healthy society and that education is intrinsically valuable."
At SAGE we work towards our vision of contributing towards sustainable responsible development of our society. As befits a publishing company much of our efforts are focused on increasing educational opportunities. We do this by either providing support to people through our specialized educational publishing material or by donating financially. SAGE supports various initiatives to foster and promote education and culture.
Indus Action is founded and managed by a team of Indian students at Harvard University who are committed to contributing towards the growth and development of India. It seeks to mobilize public resources and empower communities to solve India’s deep-rooted problems in areas such as education, public health, law enforcement and accountability. One of the recent projects of the foundation is centered on ensuring the implementation of Section 12 of Right to Education (RTE) Act, which stipulates the reservation of 25% of the entry level seats in private un-aided schools for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS). The foundation aims to achieve this by creating awareness amongst the EWS parents and by helping them complete the necessary documentation for the same.
Another project that is in the pipeline of the NGO is to guarantee education for the children of the marginalized strata of the society. The organization plans to commission a number of NGOs/centres to come up with a best-in-class model to run centres for such kids at a low cost. Once the model is ready, which is likely to happen in a few months, the NGO looks to launch the centres and then plans to significantly scale it up.
Both the projects aim to provide and improve quality education and more importantly, achieve equality in education for all children. SAGE India believes in and advocates social justice, environmental justice and economic justice and therefore, would like to support the initiatives of Indus Action.
End Poverty is an organization that works in the Tijara Block of Alwar District in Rajasthan, with the prime objective of alleviating poverty within the area to address the needs of the most disadvantaged villagers, particularly the Meo Tribal population. End Poverty nurtures communities using innovative ideas to reduce poverty through collective thinking by stakeholders. Environment protection, collaborative partnerships and innovative work methods are values they cherish. The central idea of the organization is to build people’s capacity to lead a life of opportunity and dignity.
SAGE has been associated with End Poverty since 2012 supporting their mission of helping rural girls and women in gaining basic literacy and numeracy skills, by making contributions in kind, in the form of writing materials, stationery kits etc. The objectives and efforts of End Poverty are very much in alignment with SAGE India's vision of promoting education and women empowerment and, hence, the company plans to continue to work with the organization.
Vibha is a social venture catalyst. A platform that brings together people who want to make a difference in the life of underprivileged children. Their mission is to ensure a scalable cure is found to solve a systemic problem in the life of an underprivileged child. A cure that involves minimum external intervention with large societal impact.
Vibha aims to ensure that every child attains his or her right to health, education and opportunity. It offers a plethora of projects to choose from, varying in terms of objectives, budgets etc. Promotion of education, amongst others, seems to be one of the prime areas of focus. Further, the social programmes of Vibha are audited; metrics driven, field-visit led and the stakeholders are kept informed of how their funds are deployed and the kind of impact, these are generating. SAGE partners with Vibha to support their endeaviour.
Apart from collaborating with the afore-mentioned organizations, the company would like to consider extending support to the following schemes:-
A campaign, initiated by the Central Government in 2015, aims to end the gender-based discrimination in the country. The scheme focuses on the objective of ensuring survival and protection of girl children and making them independent, both socially as well as economically, through education. This project aims to achieve this by generating awareness and improving the efficiency of welfare services meant for women in the country. SAGE India would like to be a part of this initiative as the program is very much in line with the company’s CSR focus area of promoting gender equality and women empowerment.