Millennium Development Goals
The Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) are eight goals with measurable targets and clear deadlines for improving the lives of the world's poorest people. Unlike the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) which apply to all countries whether rich, middle or poor countries; Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) targets only the developing countries. To meet these goals, leaders of 189 countries signed the historic millennium declaration at the United Nations Millennium Summit in the year 2000.
The eight Millennium Development Goals are:
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger
2. Achieve universal primary education
3. Promote gender equality and empower women
4. Reduce child mortality
5. Improve maternal health
6. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases
7. Ensure environmental sustainability
8. Develop a global partnership for development
PBT contributes towards 7 out of the total 8 MDGs and here is a brief synopsis on the activities undertaken by PBT in conjunction with the Millennium Development Goals.
1. Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger - Admitting students from the most downtrodden sector of the society, and giving them the best of academics, environment, infrastructure, pedagogy, co-curricular activities, without any discrimination based on caste, religion, language, gender or nationality, the Trust helps in rescuing children from the vicious cycle of poverty, inequality and social exclusion.
PBT’s contribution towards alleviating the hunger of a child by partnering with the Annapoorna Morning Nutrition programme which provides free breakfast to about 500,000 children in 22 States and 3 Union Territories of India and few other developing countries as well, shows PBT’s passion towards the overall well-being of the child, where both the hunger of the brain and the belly of the child is paid equal attention to. So far, PBT has supported the nutrition needs of 7,000 children for a year during the past years.
2. Promote gender equality and empower women - The Trust operates 7 Campuses for the girls from Grade 6 till Doctoral studies by offering quality and holistic education completely free of cost. The Campuses also provide various opportunities for the young girls to explore their talent like music and fine arts, music, dance and theatre, indoor and outdoor sports, adventure sports…etc. Most of these girls are first generation literates in their family, who see their teachers as the first literate beings in their circle of living.
3. Reduce child mortality – PBT supports the cause of promoting child health and reducing child mortality by partnering with its allied Sri Sathya Sai Health and Education Trust that has set up Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Child Heart Care Hospitals, which perform heart care treatment for children, not only from India but 14 other countries as well, absolutely free of cost. So far, PBT has contributed towards 700 paediatric cardiac surgeries, out of the 20,000 surgeries that have taken place from the year 2012. The Trust in conjunction with the Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital extends healthcare services including General Medicine, Gynaecology, Dentistry, ENT, Ophthalmology, Neurology…etc. for the school children of Sri Sathya Sai Loka Seva Gurukulam and also other government school-going children.
4. Improve maternal health – Sri Sathya Sai Sarla Memorial Hospital that comes under the purview of the Trust, provides free healthcare services that includes diagnosis, treatment and medicines for the villagers, particularly women and children in the Chikkaballapur District of Karnataka. Maternal Health is the one of the prime concerns of the Hospital.
5. Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases – PBT’s contribution towards the cure of Congenital Heart Disease of children by working with its allied Trust is its support for this idea of the MDG, and every little contribution done for children is an investment to the future of the country and a capital asset for the world at large.
6. Ensure environmental sustainability - ‘Green Campuses’ is one of the major focal points of the Trust. Solar powered campuses with 674 kWp capacity, saves 790 metric tons of CO2 emission every year; more than 50,000 saplings have been planted across campuses; wastewater management and recycling; rain water harvesting; well ventilated green buildings; and energy efficient lighting and equipment are part of the Green architectural planning of the Campuses.
7. Develop a global partnership for development – While PBT takes care of the three primary needs of a child – Education, Healthcare, and Nutrition in India, it also plays a very important role in associating itself with allied Trusts/ Foundations/ Societies across 32 other countries in the world including the European Union, Africa, Middle-East, East and South-east Asia, Pacific islands, South America and North America to support, collaborate, share resources and knowledge, and work together as one family for the nutrition, education, skills development, character development, and healthcare needs of the global family.
PBT along with its international affiliations of sister Trusts/ Foundations, have garnered much support for the cause of educating the children of the planet, especially girl children, and thus there is an amalgamation of cause, intent, input, and output, where every contributing partner works with the feeling of universal brotherhood. The sister Trusts at USA, Singapore, Greece, Middle East, and UK supports PBT in this cause towards improving access to education for more and more children.