Rural Development Foundation (RDF) focusses on providing quality education in rural areas and educating, engaging and empowering rural girls and boys. It currently reaches out to about 1,750 children through four RDF schools and one junior college spread over two districts in Andhra Pradesh/Telangana.
RDF ensures families are charged fees according to affordability, starting at Rs3,000 per child. About 10% of students across all schools are completely exempt from paying fees.
RDF encourages students to think beyond textbooks and not through rote memorization. They are being helped in this process by the staff of Silver Oaks School, Hyderabad and volunteers – both local and international.
The functioning style of RDF is going through a metamorphosis. All four RDF schools have successfully initiated transition of medium of instruction from Telugu to English. RDF is focusing on improving students’ written and spoken English language skills. Setting up of English language labs are in the pipeline in 2 schools. Students are encouraged to engage in debate on current events.
Through an MOU with Tech Mahindra Foundation (TMF), RDF extends services to government schools. It is currently helping a primary government school by involving senior staff and external education partners.
Students of all four schools are showing improvement in performance by progressing from C grade towards B+ and A grades after successfully implementing Continuous Comprehensive Evaluation method (CCE). In this system of evaluation, each child is assessed continuously for participation and tasks completion on a day to day basis. The teaching staff is provided training in CCE.
Outside the classroom, RDF plays a significant role in trying to improve the villages where its schools are located. Students are involved in organic gardens attached to the schools which provide produce for the school midday meals. There are active parents’ committees helping in each of the schools and learning about the importance of respecting their local surroundings and keeping the environment clean.
The Foundation has been supported by corporates like Cargill, GE and TMF and the not-for-profit arms of Microsoft, Kapil Group, Cognizant and Gray Matters.
Income Rs3 cr
Expense Rs3 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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