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.
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.
More than 11,000 meritorious students, including over 2,400 specially-abled students have been awarded scholarships under the Dhirubhai Ambani Scholarship Programme pan 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 Education For All
Launched in 2010, the Education For All (EFA) initiative of Mumbai Indians and Reliance Foundation, works towards providing access to quality education for underprivileged children in India. Led by Mrs. Nita M. Ambani, a passionate advocate of the cause of education, this initiative has reached out to more than 70,000 underprivileged children in the past few years. The initiative underscores the significance of creating a productive environment for children to realise their full potential and is currently working in partnership with 6 organisations working towards empowerment through quality education.
Annual EFA book drive
An Annual Education For All (EFA) book drive is conducted in schools across Gujarat and Maharashtra to support students in need of books. In 2013, more than 40,000 books were donated while in 2014, nearly 75,000 books with a mix of academic books, story books, blank note books, dictionaries etc. were collected and distributed to different NGOs across Mumbai and Gujarat.
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.
Furthermore, Reliance Foundation and its associate institutions provide access to quality education for more than 15,000 children through a network of 13 schools annually.
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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It is a non-profit charity organisation based in Navi Mumbai. This non-government organisation was created as a Community Service Centre for the most marginalised families living in urban slum communities and rural areas.
Through the Education For All (EFA) initiative, Aarambh works with underprivileged children in the Turbhe slum area, Navi Mumbai. The programme includes pre-school centres, re-enrolment of out-of-school children, and vocational training for drop outs.
Aseema Charitable Trust is a Mumbai based non-governmental organisation with a mission to equip children from marginalised communities with high quality, value based education. Over the past 17 years, Aseema has worked extensively with children living in slum communities in Mumbai and remote tribal communities in Igatpuri.
Through the Education For All (EFA) initiative, Aseema provides educational support to pre-primary section children at Santacruz Municipal School in Mumbai.
Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximise their potential and transform their lives.
Through the Education For All (EFA) initiative, educational support is provided to three Akanksha centres, working hard towards giving each child a strong educational foundation, a deep sense of self-esteem and a platform wherein they can grow and develop their personalities to face the challenges towards a bright future.
MelJol works with partner NGOs across the country to implement the Aflatoun programme. The organisation reaches out to underprivileged children in municipal schools, zilla parishad schools and tribal schools across the country.
Through the Education For All (EFA) initiative, support is provided to MelJol’s ‘Aflatoun Social and Financial Education Programme’. The programme reaches out to children in 150 schools in the states of Bihar and Madhya Pradesh enabling them to make assertive social and financial decisions.
Mumbai Mobile Crèches, since 1972, has been one of the few NGOs working in the field of supporting the children of construction labourers with proper health, nutrition and educational facilities. In the last 40 years, the NGO has reached out to over 100,000 children across 270 construction sites in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane.
The Education For All (EFA) initiative supports the cost of providing educational materials to children and the salaries of teachers working under the programme across 26 centres.
Ummeed is a non-profit organisation set up with a mission to help children with developmental disabilities like Cerebral Palsy, Mental Retardation, Learning Disability, Autism and Attention Deficit Disorder.
The Education For All (EFA) initiative supports Ummeed’s Early Intervention Centre, a 1 year pre-school programme that works with children with special needs, preparing them to be included in mainstream school structures.