Investing in Education

Key Issue

  • Improving learning outcomes in government primary schools
  • 41% cannot read ; 74% cannot subtract in Class 6th
  • 25% schools do not comply with RTE classroom norms.

Our Solution

Integrating remedial learning process within existing systems through public and private partnerships

About our School Projects

Our education program started with the idea of educating street children and discouraging child labor. DRF started several school projects to help children from marginalized communities get access to education.

Present Challenges

  • First generation learners
  • Lack of learning environment at home
  • Student-Teacher Ratio & Teacher Absenteeism
  • Infrastructure & Teaching Tools
  • Innovation in Teaching Methodologies
  • Affordable Education Belonging to BPL families

Our Focus & Approach

DRF works with several partners to address the above challenges through the following programs:

School-Community Partnership in Education (SCOPE)

In 1999, DRF initiated the School-Community Partnership in Education (SCOPE) program with the focus of helping marginalized communities access education. The SCOPE project focuses on:

Access to Education

DRF targets school drop-outs and those who have never been to school and encourages them to enroll. A specially designed curriculum helps these children to transition to formal schooling schedule with confidence.

Infrastructure support

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 students in school by improving facilities as per the Right to Education mandate.

SCOPE supports Government schools (English Medium and Telugu Medium) covering 2500 students to make these schools a model school by providing required basic facilities.

Training for School Management Committees

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.

Cultural Development

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 23 Pudami Schools with more than 8000 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 DRF’s Education Resource Center in curriculum design, academic monitoring mechanisms and preparation of training material for the teachers in accordance with the national curricular framework.

Kallam Anji Reddy Vidyalaya (KARV)

Elaborating 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 2240 students from kindergarten to Grade X. The co-education school follows the state’s SSC syllabus and offers instruction in English medium.

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 2240 children on our rolls and students graduated from our schools are working at various public and private sector organizations.

Kallam Anji Reddy Vocational Junior College (KARV-JC)

Established in 2003, the vocational college was a natural corollary for school graduates who could not 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 offers vocational studies in the following subjects:

  1. Automobile Engineering Technician (AET)
  2. Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  3. Computer Graphics and Animation (CGA)
  4. Hotel Operations (HO)
  5. Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW)
  6. Banking and Financial Services (BFS)
  7. Pre School Teacher Training (PSTT)
  8. Accounting and Taxation (AT)
  9. Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
  10. Pharma Technology

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 and regular degree courses, while MPHW / HO students can take up paramedical degrees (in physiotherapy, nursing, home science, etc.)

Each year at least three students are selected for Community College Initiative Program run by the US government’s bureau of educational and cultural affairs. The programme provides opportunities to individuals from developing countries to acquire leadership and professional skills and get proficiency in English language while studying at a community college in the US.

SIP – School Improvement Plan

DRF’s School Improvement Program (SIP) was launched in 2011 with the aim to bring quality education for children residing close to Dr. Reddy’s Lab at Bachupally. SIP started with 11 schools and has grown steadily over the last six years. Today more than 25,000 students are enrolled in 59 SIP schools.

SIP supports Government schools in various academic and non-academic aspects such as remedial support for enhanced academic outcomes, scholarship to meritorious students, sports and co-curricular activities for overall student development and health education. The schools are also enabled with RO water filters, solar panels, libraries and better sanitation facilities.

SIP uses a three-pronged strategy to address education holistically

  • Empower the students by providing them with an opportunity to learn
  • Createan environment to facilitate learning by providing the right Infrastructure
  • Recognize the student’s talents and facilitate growth

Expected Outcomes

  • Over all development of the child
  • Age-Appropriate competencies
  • Completion of School education