Investing in Children
SCOPE – School-Community Partnership in Education
Our education program started with the idea of educating street children and discouraging child labour. In 1999 DRF initiated the School-Community Partnership in Education (SCOPE) program with the focus of helping marginalised communities access education. DRF targeted school drop-outs and those who have never been to school and encouraged them to enrol for this program. This specially designed curriculum helped these children to transition to the formal schooling schedule with confidence.
SCOPE’s current activities include:
Implementation of Right to Education in practice – Dr Reddy’s Foundation works towards improvement of quality education in Government schools. After a decade of focused work in mobilizing school dropouts to re-enroll in school; the focus is now on enhancing retention of student in school by improving facilities as per the Right to Education mandate. In this context, SCOPE supports Government schools (English Medium and Telugu Medium) covering 2500 students to make these schools a model school by providing required basic facilities.
SCOPE campaigns for the implementation of Right to Education Bill by empowering the School Management Committees. The Management Committee members from 1000 Government schools across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana are given training under this project so that they can understand their roles and responsibilities to enable them to actively participate in the functioning of the government schools.
In addition to academics, DRF reaches out to ensure school children have a holistic education. To facilitate cultural awareness, the group partners with Chindu, a culture resource centre in Hyderabad. With Chindu’s support Dr Reddy’s Foundation is able to promote theatre art and culture in schools. The program has 2000 children on its rolls.
Pudami Neighborhood Schools
The Pudami Neighborhood Schools was a novel initiative by Dr Reddy’s Foundation to bring quality education to all children in the neighborhood. It was set up when government schools did not pay too much attention towards teaching English and children from disadvantaged backgrounds could not afford to pay for public schools.
There are four Pudami neighborhood schools and 20 Pudami English primary schools in Hyderabad and Ranga Reddy district. These schools are located in close proximity to where the children live and involve the neighborhood community and parents in mobilizing the children to attend school. The teachers are also mostly drawn from the neighborhood so that there is a greater sense of participation in the school’s functioning.
There are 24 Pudami Schools with more than 8650 children from all walks of life coming together to learn and play. We have 8000 children on our rolls and 650 have graduated from our schools.
The schools are assisted by the Education Resource Center in curriculum design, academic monitoring mechanisms and preparation of training material for the teachers in accordance with the national curricular framework.
KARV – Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya
Elaborating further on our Founder’s vision to make quality education accessible to all, the Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya at Chandanagar (Hyderabad) was set up in 2001 and has over 2040 students from kindergarten to grade X. The co-education school follows the state’s SSC syllabus and offers instruction in both English and Telugu medium.
The teaching methodology adopted at the school is activity-based and takes into account the specific needs of every student. Those who are lagging behind in academics are brought into the mainstream through special remedial programs.
The school also assists students who successfully clear the school leaving exams (Class X Board Examinations) to get admission in government / private junior colleges or vocational junior colleges. Those who have failed in the exams are given intensive coaching to help them to pass in subsequent attempts.
We have 2040 children on our rolls and 650 have graduated from our schools.
KARV-JC – Kallam Anji Reddy Vocational Junior College
The vocational college was a natural corollary for school graduates who cannot afford formal college education. In line with the Board of Intermediate Education’ s syllabi, the two-year vocational courses are for students who have cleared the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) / Class X Board Examination.
The Kallam Anji Reddy Vocational Junior College, which was set up in 2002 at Chandanagar on the outskirts of Hyderabad, offers vocational studies in the following subjects:
- Automobile Engineering Technician (AET)
- Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
- Computer Graphics and Animation (CGA)
- Hotel Operations (HO)
- Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW)
- Banking and Financial Services (BFS)
- Pre School Teacher Training (PSTT)
In addition to the vocational courses, the students are also encouraged to undergo ‘bridge courses’, which are at par with the regular college syllabus for Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology… By qualifying in these bridge courses, AET / CGA / CSE students can pursue engineering degrees, while MPHW / HO students can take up paramedical degrees (in physiotherapy, nursing, home science, etc).
The college has a tie-up with CISCO Networking Academy to help its CGA and CSE students to undergo a three-month course in IT hardware and networking. Several Trusts, NGOs and individuals support students, especially girls from economically weak sections through sponsorships and placement offers.
The institute has 450 students on rolls and several of them are placed in reputed companies and make us proud with their determination and achievement.
SIP – School Improvement Plan
With an aim to improve the educational standards of children of Government schools around DRL Bachupally campus, School Improvement Programme (SIP) was launched. DRF in partnership with Dr Reddy’s Laboratories initiated this plan and has been implementing SIP by using a three-pronged strategy to address the issue holistically:
- Empower the students by providing them with an opportunity to learn
- Create an environment to facilitate learning by providing the right Infrastructure
- Recognize the student’s talents and facilitate growth
School Improvement Program (SIP) is operational in Telangana and Andhra Pradesh since the last four years. A total of 23,000 students in these schools currently benefit. SIP has made remarkable progress in increasing the quality of education support to government schools. Today, it supports 52 schools as opposed to the 11 we started out with in 2011.
HSI – Healthy Snacks Initiative
Current trends suggest that more and more rural families are moving towards procured snacks for children. The challenge for rural families is that they do not have affordable options that are healthy and hence, end up purchasing snacks with lesser nutritive value.65%* of children below the age of three years lack diversity in the food they eat.
The Healthy Snacks Initiative is an effort to promote the availability of healthier and nutritious snacks made using multiple grains that children and their families can access and consume. The special focus is on children below the age of three hailing living in rural areas. The snacks will be prepared using local grains such as millets and wheat. The snacks will be fortified with vitamins and minerals addressing the special needs of the children under three years.
* Infant and Young Child Feeding, UNICEF report