BRINGING EDUCATION FROM THE PRIVILEGED TO THE UNDERPRIVILEGED
Research has shown that 250 million students around the world can’t read, write or count. Zedbridge, is on a mission to change these statistics by drawing on experience over three decades at a school for underprivileged children in Kolkata, India. Our Alternative Education Model leverages technology to equip unresourced schools with a high quality education program that allows students to discover and achieve their full potential.
Zedbridge was established in 2014 as a 501(c)(3) organization to provide affordable high quality education for the underprivileged students of HCS Elementary school in Kolkata, India. While developing the educational program for HCS, a new vision for a pre-packaged educational program that can be used by schools serving underprivileged children around the globe started to form.
Zedbridge began in early 2013 after the passing of then current President/Principal Zachariah Patnaik. Zedbridge - “The Zachariah Education Bridge” was founded in honor of the late Zachariah Patnaik.
Zac, having very humble beginnings, personally experienced the importance of good education. He learned how education can help ignite a child's' dreams and desires. He also witnessed how easily those same dreams and desires could be extinguished when a child is engulfed in a life of poverty. Zac’s mission became one of how not only to ignite the fire of dreams and desires, but how to provide the discipline and perseverance to make this a reality.
He saw himself in those children and knew that if given the opportunity to thrive they could be successful. He believed that working hard was the key to “getting somewhere” in life. A quality education, a meal, and an opportunity were the tools he believed every person needed to achieve their goal, no matter what the circumstance. With this belief as his motivation, he ran HCS Elementary for 27 years with enrollments that have peaked at over 700 students. Zachariah Patnaik passed away in February of 2013 and since then, his son, Rajiv Patnaik, has taken on his father’s mission.
Zedbridge is a 501(c).3 non profit organization seeking to transform the under resourced schools that serve the 250 million students that can’t read, write and count by equipping, training and supporting them so that their students achieve their full potential. We work with local communities and partner organizations to ensure that these teachers and schools have all the resources for them to be successful. Zedbridge serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender.
Zedbridge partners with qualified educators, individuals and organizations to develop and deploy this alternative education model to formal and informal schools that serve underprivileged children.
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