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ABOUT DRF’S EDUCATION PROGRAM

Our education program started with education for street children to discourage child labor. DRF started several school projects to help children from marginalized communities get access to quality education.

KEY ISSUES

Improving learning Outcomes in Government Primary Schools where 41% cannot read, 74% cannot subtract in Class-6.

41%
74%

25% schools do not comply with RTE classroom norms

25%

OUR SOLUTION

Integrating Remedial learning Process Within Existing Systems Through Public and Private Partnerships.

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. They were set up when government schools did not pay much attention towards teaching English and children from disadvantaged backgrounds could not afford to pay for public schools.

There are 23 Pudami Schools today, with more than 8000 children from all walks of life coming together to learn and play. 650 students have graduated from our schools so far. The schools are assisted by DRF’s Education Resource Center for curriculum design, academic monitoring mechanisms and preparation of training material for teachers in line with the national curriculum 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.

Special remedial programs help bring students, who are lagging behind in academics, back into the mainstream. The school also assists students who successfully clear the school-leaving exams (Class X Board Examinations) get admission in government / private junior colleges or vocational junior colleges. Those who fail in the exams are given intensive coaching to help them pass in the 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 has become a natural corollary for school graduates who cannot afford formal college education. In line with the Board of Intermediate Education syllabus, the two-year vocational courses are for students who have cleared the Senior Secondary Certificate (SSC) / Class X Board Examination.

Each year nearly 500 students are trained in the following courses:

  • Automobile Engineering Technician (AET)
  • Computer Science and Engineering (CSE)
  • Computer Graphics and Animation (CGA)
  • Multi-Purpose Health Worker (MPHW)
  • Pre School Teacher Training (PSTT)
  • Accounting and Taxation (AT)
  • Medical Lab Technician (MLT)
  •  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 syllabi 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 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 program 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 of providing quality education to children residing in the vicinity of Dr. Reddy’s Lab at Bachupally. Starting with just 11 schools, SIP has grown steadily over the years, with more than 49,150 students enrolled in 129 schools today.

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
  • Create a conducive environment for learning by providing the right infrastructure
  • Recognize the student’s talents and facilitate growth.

STORIES OF CHANGE

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Kanhaiya Yadav helps improve agri outcome for fellow farmers in UP, with the help of MITRA program.

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From unemployment to a coveted post at Ministry of Defence, Vaibhav’s journey with GROW is inspiring!

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Neither polio not poverty could stop Krishna, a GROW graduate, from starting a successful career in retail.

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Time management lessons helps Hari upgrade his skills quickly, enrolling to multiple courses in a day!

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The Padma Bhushan – the third highest civilian award by the Government of India on July 21, 2015
The Lifetime Achievement in Health Award by the Asian Voice, London in 2012
Leadership and Innovation in 2005
The Hall of Fame Award for Entrepreneurship
The PadmaShri by the Government of India in 2001
The Achiever of the Year Award by CHEMTECH Foundation in 2000
The Ishidate Award for Pharmaceutical Research by the Federation of Asian Pharmaceutical Associations in 1998
Sir PC Ray Award (conferred twice, in 1984 and 1992)
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