WHAT WE DO
There are significant inequalities in access to secondary education as far as income, gender, social group and geography are concerned. The capacity of the secondary schooling system needs to be significantly expanded across India.
For instance, only 16% of India’s education budget is spent on secondary education compared to 62% for primary education (K. Biswal, 2011; Secondary education in India: Development policies, programmes and challenges). The gross enrolment rate (GER) for combined secondary and senior secondary stages (Classes IX–XII) was nearly 50% in 2009-10. Besides, not a single Indian University figures in the top 200 of the QS World University rankings 2013.
To accelerate the educational quotient of India, Reliance Foundation's educational programs address the need of the hour and fosters the youth by providing open access to quality education using a multi-pronged approach:
- Providing access to quality education through a network of schools
- Offering Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarships to the meritorious students
- Planning to set up a world class university
- Supporting like-minded partners.
Reliance Foundation Education and Sports for All
About Education and Sports for All
The Education and Sports for All (ESA) initiative was launched in 2010 with the objective of providing access to quality education in India. Through a partnership with several NGOs, Reliance Foundation and Mumbai Indians have positively impacted the lives of 200,000 of underprivileged children during the last few years.
Mrs. Nita Ambani spearheads the ESA initiative. The Mumbai Indians team is actively engaged in the initiative and has exhibited their ardent support for the cause. The ESA programme supports various initiatives that work with underprivileged children, promote girl-child education and impart life skills to the differently abled. In 2019, the programme supported 15 partner NGOs: Aarambh, Aseema Charitable Trust, Krida Vikas Sanstha , Meljol, Milaan Be The Change, Mumbai Mobile Creches, One Billion Literates Foundation, Sakhi For Girls Education, Ummeed Child Development Centre, Yuwa India Trust, OSCAR, Bridges of Sports Foundation, Cansupport, Pi Jam Foundation, The Community Library Project.
Education and Sports for All Match
Every year, since the inception nearly 18,000 children from different NGOs across Maharashtra watch an IPL match live at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. This initiative taken under the EFA programme provides these underprivileged children with a life-time experience. The children enjoy a day at the stadium with lots of goodies, food and drinks. Dressed in Mumbai Indians T-shirts and caps, the children cheer for their favourite team at the stadium.
Bringing the joy of Christmas
Since 2012, Reliance Foundation has been organising Christmas Parties for underprivileged children. Children are invited to the Hamley's store to enjoy an entire day playing games, doing exciting activities and singing and dancing to the tunes of 'Jingle Bells' with Santa Claus. The children get Christmas gifts from Santa and leave the store with an experience that they remember throughout the year. The toys, the Christmas tree, Santa- the experience is a dream come true for these children! Reliance Foundation strives to make their dreams come true so that they can welcome the New Year with lots of hope and excitement.
ESA Partner NGOs
Aarambh works with families of migrant workers residing in Navi Mumbai in the areas of education, health and skills development. They work to ensure that children from the migrant families receive quality school education so as to widen their opportunities and improve their living conditions.
Aseema Charitable Trust works towards providing high-quality and value based education to the children from marginalized communities. Over the past 25 years, the NGO has worked extensively with children living in slum communities in Mumbai and remote tribal communities in Igatpuri
Meljol uses the tools of social and financial education to provide children with necessary opportunities to contribute responsibly to the society. Meljol reaches out to underprivileged children and youth in government and tribal schools, village institutions, and anganwadis across the country.
Milaan Foundation aims to create inclusive spaces to educate, enable and empower children and young people, to explore their potential and become change-makers in their own lives and in the communities they come from. Milaan runs educational and leadership building programs with children especially adolescent girls from low income communities in order to create an equal world of opportunity.
Mumbai Mobile Crèches works with the children at the construction sites in Mumbai enabling them to have a safe, happy and healthy childhood. They provide the children with quality education, nutritious meals and a foundation to build up a bright future.
One Billion Literates Foundation (OBLF) strives for equality in education, by engaging children in rural areas through a fun, activity based curriculum focusing on English language skills and the basic of technology. OBLF trains and employs rural women to impart the above mentioned skills, thereby empowering them and giving them financial and intellectual independence.
Sakhi for Girls Education aims is to create safe and quality learning spaces at the community level, so that every girl in the slums of Mumbai gets an opportunity to continue her education with confidence. Sakhi works on building basic educational and life skills among young girls through a community-based after-school programme.
Slum Soccer is a FIFA awarded organization that uses the power of football to affect change in the lives of underprivileged children and youth. Through specially designed curriculum and activities, Slum Soccer engages with and mobilises its participants to strive for learning and fitness to improve overall quality of life.
Ummeed Child Development Center works towards maximizing the potential of the children born with developmental disabilities or at high risk for disabilities. They provide specialised care and support to children with development disabilities and their families to enable their inclusion in the main stream of the society.
Yuwa works to empower girls from impoverished families in rural Jharkhand through team sports (football) and education. Yuwa’s mission is to equip young girls with tools to take charge of their own futures, and actively resist and overcome socio-economic problems such as poverty, child marriage and human trafficking.
Bridge of Sports Foundation works towards empowering the underserved and isolated Indian communities by using sports for development and creating a sustainable sports ecosystem in India by nurturing grassroots’ talent.
CanSupport works to provides appropriate support (medical, physical, emotional, social, educational and spiritual) to less privileged people with cancer and their families. They also work to improve the quality of life and well-being of people during cancer therapies in a meaningful and compassionate manner.
OSCAR Foundation uses football as a tool to impart education and life skills, empowering children and youth from low-income, marginalised communities to become role models in their community and act as catalysts for community development.
PiJam Foundation aims to provide access to affordable technology and enhance the quality of computer education across schools in India. They focuses on fostering skills like problem solving, programming and design thinking among children and youth through a hands-on STEM approach.
The Community Library Project (TCLP) aims to maximise the access to books by all people through community libraries. TCLP has furthered the library movement through activities and practices to promote reading, thinking, and expression amongst first generation readers and the urban poor in an inclusive space.
Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship (DAS) Programme
The Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme is aimed towards fulfilling Shri Dhirubhai Ambani’s vision of providing opportunities to the youth and empowering them to become future leaders. Initiated in 1996, the scholarship supports meritorious students of standard XII to pursue college education and nurtures them to emerge as young professionals. Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme is a targeted programme where scholarship is awarded to top few meritorious students who meet the selection criteria of Reliance Foundation, based on the merit list provided by the State/CBSE Board.
The Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship has enabled students to pursue higher studies in streams such as engineering, medicine, law, pharmacy, science, business management and other social sciences. A large number of Dhirubhai Ambani Scholars have pursued further higher education from premier institutes in India and abroad, for e.g. IIT, IIM, Stanford University etc. Almost half of the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholars are girls. The scholarship unleashes the potential of the youth of India to grow into leaders in their respective fields.
So far, 12,776 meritorious students, have been awarded scholarships under the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme in India. The scholarship programme plays a key role in building confidence and motivating students to excel in their lives.
Currently the programme reaches out to all States and Union Territories of India both in rural and urban areas. The scholarships are awarded to meritorious students who demonstrate need for financial support and to differently abled meritorious students under a separate category. These young scholarship recipients represent the ‘hope, optimism and potential’ of Future India.
It has come to our notice that certain individuals claiming to be representatives of Reliance Foundation are deceiving / misleading the public and collecting/ soliciting monies in the form of deposits or otherwise for purported scholarships and other benefits for educational activities by Reliance Foundation.
We hereby notify the public that the said individuals are in no way connected to and do not represent Reliance Foundation or any of its associated entities.
Reliance Foundation never solicits money by way of deposits or otherwise for offer of scholarship or other benefits.
Public are hereby warned not to deal with such unscrupulous elements. Reliance Foundation and its associated entities will not be responsible or liable in any manner whatsoever for any loss suffered as a result of dealing with or depositing money with any such persons.
We request you to promptly notify the local law enforcement authorities and us in case any person seeks monies for purported offer of scholarships or benefits in the name of Reliance Foundation
Reliance Foundation Schools
Reliance Foundation Schools work with the aspiration and commitment to provide an enjoyable and enriching educational experience to children - one that inspires and facilitates them to realize their full potential. The Schools emphasise on academic excellence and all-round development of children by offering a fine blend of curricular and co-curricular elements.
The Schools ardently believe that every child is uniquely talented, and given a congenial environment, each one of them will blossom beyond imagination. It is the Schools constant endeavour to harness and channel the energies and capabilities inherent in each child through their active participation and creative involvement, both within and beyond the classroom.
The Schools’ curriculum is ever-evolving and has a progressive approach supported by contemporary pedagogical practices that go a long way in widening the intellectual and creative capacity of every child. Through their comprehensive yet flexible curriculum framework, the Schools hope to make a difference in the lives of children by enabling them to be happy and successful, and preparing them to be responsible citizens.
Reliance Foundation Schools are established with a mission to provide a learning experience that makes every child a happy and a whole person – it is a place where children LEARN new skills, IMAGINE infinite possibilities and EXCEL as a complete individual.
Dhirubhai Ambani International School
Dhirubhai Ambani International School is a K-12 co-educational International Day School established in 2003, with a view to offer world-class educational opportunities in the city of Mumbai.
The School is affiliated to the CISCE (Council for the Indian School Certificate Examinations) and CIE (Cambridge International Examinations), to prepare students for the ICSE (Indian Certificate of Secondary Education) and the IGCSE (International General Certificate of Secondary Education) Year 10 examinations. The School is a member of the CIPP (Cambridge International Primary Programme). For Years 11 and 12, it is authorised by the IB (International Baccalaureate) to offer the IB Diploma Programme.
The Graduation Day celebration at DAIS is a big event with students receiving their certificates from eminent personalities.
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