The Shantilal Muttha Foundation (SMF) is a not-for-profit organization founded by Mr Shantilal Muttha to bring about fundamental changes in school education.
SMF is registered under section 8 of the Companies Act, 1956, and is headquartered in Pune.
SMF’s educational programmes are based on four basic principles:
1: Schools should be child-friendly
If children have to learn well in school, they have to like being in school. They have to perceive school as a “child-friendly” place to be in. The “child-friendliness” of a school is determined by its physical and psychosocial environment, educational practices, and policies regarding management of student behaviour.
2: Schools should ensure that all students learn well
The primary purpose of school is to provide adequate and appropriate opportunities for all students to learn well, including students at low learning levels, students from disadvantaged social groups, and students with physical or psychological disabilities. Students learn best when their inner motivation to learn is tapped and given opportunity to flourish, and their self-confidence and self-esteem is allowed to develop continuously, in a positive way.
3: Schools should help students become good democratic citizens
Schools should help students imbibe values enshrined in the Constitution of India. Merely transmitting knowledge about these values is not enough. Students have to be given opportunities to appreciate, experience and demonstrate the values, and related attitudes and competencies, in a school culture infused with these values.
4: Schools should involve all stakeholders in the development of the school and students
A school is an organization within a social ecosystem. As such, it has, apart from students, many internal and external stakeholders. Only when all stakeholders work together with a common goal can the school achieve the holistic aims of school education.
While school-change involves many areas of work, we are currently focused on two, inter-linked areas in which we have considerable in-house expertise:
- Education for values
- School quality assessment
SMF works with an empowerment strategy. Working closely with key stakeholders in the school system, it seeks to enhance their capacities for implementation of school-change programmes.
For this purpose, SMF provides educational materials, training programmes and implementation support, according to the terms of agreement with respective school bodies. SMF also conducts studies to establish the impact of its programmes.