Under the Covid-19 cloud: How will School CSR fare in the ‘New- Normal’?
Prakash C, Chandra S
Covid-19 has affected millions of people across the globe. It has impacted economies, health care system and lifestyle in general. Education is one such area which has been drastically hit by the pandemic. CSR school initiatives were supporting Elementary education in Government schools through NGO partners. This study examines how the Covid-19 situation is affecting the work of CSR partners in the school system. 43 such NGO foundations working in government schools in Karnataka answered an online questionnaire about school about Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) in the ‘new normal’. 82% of the respondents report that their work is considerably affected as existing projects are ‘on hold’ and new projects are not being cleared. Delays in release of funds by funding partners and lack of certainty about future planning are other concerns. The negative impact on school children’s learning, health and development is the most worrying prospect for most organizations. On the positive side, the current situation has taught some valuable lessons and has forced CSR partners to be innovative and resilient.