"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.
SAGE India’s CSR initiative aims to supplement sustainable development in education and produce a significant learning outcome.
To pursue this, SAGE India set up SAGE Saathi in March 2017. An exclusive joint venture between SAGE India and NGO Sakshi, it is a learning centre that runs outcome-driven educational programmes for children from the most marginalized communities (slums, rag pickers, migrant labourers) who, in most cases, are the first generation learners in their families.
Under this initiative, the school caters to children from the age group of three to fourteen years, aiming to inculcate skills that help children find their footing in the world and lead an equal opportunity life through the following programmes:
An NGO, dedicated to work for the physical, educational and social advancement of the needy and economically backward sections of the society. The foundation focuses on the objective of ensuring survival & protection of the under-privileged children by providing them elementary/remedial educations and helping them secure admissions in government schools.
SAGE, in collaboration with Sakshi, operates, runs and manages a learning center by the name SAGE Saathi. The center, located in Gurugram, aims to help marginalized children, in and around the center, with their right to education, impart them value & life skills, and to help them stay connected to their families and cultures. SAGE Saathi has around 150 children and 4 full-time teachers on board across 3 distinct education programs (Non-Formal Education, Early Childhood Care & Development and, Remedial Education. The center offers mid-day meals for children, conducts mid-line assessments and arranges health check-ups.
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.
A non-profit trust set up in 2013, to work towards social development of India. Agrani was one of the key players in the post-flood rehabilitation work in Uttarakhand; routinely helps poor people access funds for emergency medical operations; has been supporting organizations and groups in Uttarakhand for promoting livelihoods; through its partnership with UnLtd India, Agrani helps young people take up social entrepreneurship.
Through Agrani, SAGE India supported a school located in Uttarakhand (Distt Nainital) viz. Himalayan Public School, in setting up a computer lab for the children of the school and also distributed 250 Deskit school bags to the children of the school.