Our Initiatives Under Rural Education Program (REP)

School Adoption Program

Under School Adoption Program, SRF Foundation along with other partners ensures that the selected Government schools are transformed into ‘Model Schools’ through academic, digital and infrastructural upgrades.


Under academic upgrades, resources like workbooks, teaching learning materials, training of Head Masters and teachers, remedial teaching classes School Management Committee training and engagement are planned. Under physical transformation, construction/renovation of toilets for boys and girls, provision of safe drinking water facility, play equipment, setting up of library-cum-resource centers, provision of classroom furniture and mini-Science labs are planned. Under digital transformation, smart classrooms have been created to ensure that students get enough digital exposure and knowledge. We are aiming to impact the lives of around 20,000 students through this initiative.

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School Support Program:

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The school support program has been launched by the Foundation in collaboration with HP India, Education Dept. of Uttrakhand. HP India provides the funding support whereas government department provides the school a platform for development and interventions andSRF Foundation acts as the implementing agency. The project focusses on major intervention i.e school transformation which cover six Govt. schools in Pantnagar, Uttarakhand. Along with School Adoption Program, SRF Foundation is also running World on Wheels Program with HP.


Academic Enrichment Program (AEP):

To increase the quality of students learning and development, Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) was launched by the Foundation in 2016. The basic objective of AEP is to enhance the learning outcomes of the children attending Classes 1 to 8 in selected Government schools spread across nine locations which are Mewat, Bhiwadi, Netrang, Dahej, Indore, Dehradun, Gautam Budh Nagar and Vadodara.


Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) aims to enhance the Learning Level Outcomes of students in the primary and middle school. The program is designed in a way that it works at multiple levels to enhance the academic performance of the students. The components of the program are:

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  • Workbooks
  • Activity booklet
  • KahaniyoKaPitara - functional libraries to enhance reading skills
  • Khel Khel Mein Shiksha – a bridge program for students who may be lagging behind
  • Teacher Capacity Building Workshops


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Digital Education Programs:

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Get Smart Program in partnership with IndiGo aims to transform 60 Government schools spread over four locations in India into 'Model Schools' through academic and infrastructural upgrades and digital inclusion. Together, we are aiming to impact the lives of around 20,000 students through this initiative. IndiGo – GetSmart digital mobile bus is equipped with facilities including computer systems, NCERT based learning software, internet and interactive panel for video conferencing and showing of audio-visual along with a solar panel, generator and AC system. With such unique features, the bus is being used to promote digital literacy.


HP World on Wheels and Common Service Labs (CSL) Program in partnership with HP India offers a mobility solution to bridge the digital divide by bringing a world of

information and knowledge over wheels to isolated and disadvantaged groups in rural areas. This way, they can not only be linked to the various government programs and initiatives but also gain e-literacy and IT-enabled education for rural youth, school children, farmers groups and others. The program has impacted the lives of more than 57000 school children, youth and community members across Bhiwadi, Gummidipoondi, Bhind and Gwalior.

Brillio Digital Based Learning Program in collaboration with Brillio influences 20 Govt. Schools of Bengaluru covering Mathematics, Science and Language based on Karnataka state syllabus by providing E- Learning equipment and CLT e-Patashale digital STEM software content in Kannada and English syllabus for classes 5th -10th.

Capgemini Digital Classroom Program is an education initiative in collaboration with Capgemini, SRF Foundation and Govt. Education Depts. of Tamil Nadu &Karnataka which focus on development of 24 digital smart classrooms in six schools. We provide our intervention schools with digital equipment along with workshop for teachers to keep them abreast with the digital world.

Capgemini Digital Literacy Centre, is an education initiative in collaboration with Capgemini India, SRF Foundation and Govt. Education Dept. of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. Capgemini Digital Literacy Mission (CGDLM) aims at creating at least a digitally literate and empowered person per household in its respective locations of India. The program not only bridge the digital divide existing within the country but also empower its beneficiaries to adopt the internet technology for their day-to-day living. The program fits in with the central government's thrust on digital transactions across all sections of the economy and it has been planned for three years in four CapgeminiIndia locations in the country namely, Gurugram, Noida, Bengaluru and Chennai. This initiative aims to train 12000 trainees, 3000 trainees in each location in the age group of 14-70 years and make them digitally literate using ICT as an outreach platform. This program functions in accordance with National Digital Literacy Mission on digital transactions across all section of the economy.

IBM Kid Smart Program in collaboration with IBM aims at providing opportunity for the children of government primary schools to experience state-of-the-art computer-aided learning. The program is successfully operating in five states covering 23 schools of 23 villages and 14,500 school going and out of schoolchildren. The initiative integrates reading, cognitive, physical and creative aspects of learning. One of the significant achievements of the program has been the migration of more than 450 children from convent schools to government schools and increase in retention of the students from 50% to 85%.

SRFF Digital Learning Program offering digital infrastructure with syllabus and class specific digital content for students while orienting teachers for regular intervention covering 20 classroom spreads in 12 Govt. Schools along with execution knowledge supports to Govt. Education Dept.


Sports for Development Program

Believing sports and games to be necessary for overall development of a child, SRF Foundation support them with sport equipment and favorable playing environment. These include playgrounds for Football, courts for Kho-Kho, Kabaddi and Badminton. As a part of our sports promotion efforts, we have also installed play and sports equipment like poles, football nets, swings, see-saws and jungle gyms in more than 70 schools.


‘Sports for Development’- Badminton in partnershipship with Yonex- Sunrise India is being implemented in 23 Government Schools from 17 villages of Nuh block of Mewat district in Haryana State covering 5000 students studying from class 6th to 12th.

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The same program is also being implemented in partnership with Yonex- Sunrise India and Punjab National Bank Housing Finanace in 20 Govt. Schools in 20 villages/wards of Chennai and Bengaluru covering 12500 students studying from class 5th to 12th.

The objectives of the program are as follows:

  • To provide access to non – scholastic education for holistic development.
  • To inculcate sports culture and infrastructure for sports as a means for development.
  • To promote and inculcate the value of sportsmanship, discipline, team work etc.
  • To develop the sporting skills among school students as a means of social assets.
  • To retain students interest towards school education.


Sports for Development – Lighting Playgrounds and Classrooms

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Sports play an important role in the makeup of a young mind. It becomes even more important for children in the middle school to high school years where student athletes are much more mature and mentally developed. Through it, young, impressionable youth can learn values like discipline, responsibility, self-confidence, sacrifice, and accountability.


Seeing its mandate nature, SRF Foundation along with Signify Innovations India Limited (formerly known as ‘Philips Lighting India Limited’) support them with lighting products and solutions for creating favorable playing environment. These include making significant advancement in sporting spirit and infrastructure among four intervention schools spread in four villages of Nuh, Mewat through lighting up of

the playgrounds of Badminton and Volleyball Courts towards promoting evening sports. The project also involves illumination of classrooms for 5000 children studying through 150 classrooms in 15 govt. schools of Greater Noida.


Swachh Vidyalaya

Initiated in 2014, Swachh Vidyalaya – “BachchoKa, BachchoKeLiye, BachchoKeDwara” is a campaign to promote health and hygiene practices in school, at home and in the community with a slogan of “PehleSafai, PhirPadhai”.


The objective of the campaign is to sensitize the children towards the need and importance of cleanliness and create a clean and hygienic environment in schools. A key feature of the campaign is formation of ‘Students Committees’ to promote responsible citizenship amongst the students who work on five major areas of Campus Cleanliness, Attendance & Regularity, Health & Hygiene, Discipline and Utilization of Resources. Each area is supervised by three students with head boy & 1 head girl overall.

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Till date, SwachVidyalaya has become a part of 192 schools spread across Bengaluru, Chennai, Dahej, Netrang, Indore, Bhopal, Dehradun, Pantnagar, Gautam Budh Nagar, Mewat, Bhiwadi and Kamrup (M).


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Avishkar

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In May 2012, a mobile van, Avishkar, was launched by SRF Foundation to promote Science in all Government Middle Schools. Fitted with interesting science equipments, models, a projector and a sound system, the van allows students to perform Science lab activities with the equipment, technology and methods that are usually not available in schools. Hence, enabling them to learn Science concepts more effectively, and in an interesting and enjoyable way.


Spreading community messages or issues with the van's P.A. system and projection facility has also enhanced the effectiveness of communication within the communities. Through the use of videos, communities are more interested to understand issues concerning education of children, student dropout rate,

attendance and regularity, school development, cleanliness, etc. The van's main beneficiaries like youths, women, children, sarpanch, key members of the villages and other stakeholders participate favourably in the discussions, meetings and awareness programs or any other event duly organised.

Avishkar van reaches out to more than 4000 students and 22 Science teachers in 22 middle schools of 17 villages.


Mission Recycle:

Mission Recycling is the second phase of support my school program in collaboration with American India Foundation. The main objective of this program is, creating awareness amongst the children and teachers of government schools towards recycle and reuse of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate)waste.


The project aims to:

  • Work with children and teachers to turn them into ambassadors of change on the issue of recycle and reuse
  • Enabling students to reach out to the community
  • Create young citizens who would sustain the message of recycle and reuse and put the same in practice too
  • Establish a cadre of trained teachers who will conduct sessions focus on the importance of recycling and re-use

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The Program has been divided in various levels of trainings of trainer. The following are the ToTs:

  • Capacity Building of Trainers of Trainings (ToT’s) – The project intends to identify and train select ToTs from various implementation locations on and about the content that needs to be used for awareness and sensitization of children and communities (other stakeholders as appropriate)
  • Capacity Building of Teachers/ Facilitators – The ToT’s will further organize cluster workshops to train teachers who will further deliver / transact sessions in the classrooms to select target groups using the content & IEC (Information, Education and Communication) materials that will be provided through this project.
  • Sessions of Students / Stakeholders – The Teachers and Cluster Coordinators of AIF will further conduct sessions of Students / Stakeholders. This will be the primary and most important activity of the project as it seeks to help students understand more about waste management focusing particularly on PET and plastic waste management and the need for recycling.


‘Udaan’ – Girls Residential Special Training Center (STC)

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Operational since November 2011, Udaan (STC) is one of the unique initiatives under Mewat Rural Education Program (MREP) of SRF Foundation. Implemented in collaboration with CARE India and supported by Government of Haryana, 'UDAAN' is an 11 month free residential accelerated learning program in Nuh block of Mewat District, addressing the girl child education in the Meo-Muslim community. Till date Udaan (STC) has impacted the lives of 400 girls.


The program helps out-of-school girls in the age group of 11–14 years to complete their primary level education equivalent to grade V of formal schooling and be back to regular school with admission into age appropriate class fulfilling Right to Education Act (RTE). It gives girls a second chance at education, escaping the cycle

of poverty, and proving to their families and communities that everyone, regardless of gender, deserves education. It also focusses on the needed special training, leadership skills, health and hygiene, Urdu & Quran education and psycho social support, so that after mainstreaming they are adjusted competently, socially and cognitively in regular schools / KGBVs.


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Special Coaching Program

To help academically weaker students from Class X and XII, a Special Tuition Programis organized every year in the program schools at our plant locations of Gwalior, Manali, Gummidipoondi and Viralimalai. The objective of the program is to enable Class X and XII students to score high marks in their respective board examinations. After school hours, the students are provided with special tuition on identified subjects like Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Commerce, Accountancy and English along with stationary support like note books. A significant number of students of Class X and XII avail the benefits of this program. Similar to this after school coaching is provided to our students in Pantnagar to improve them in sports and provide them extra hours to practice.

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School Twinning Program

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SRF Foundation initiated School Twinning Program in the year 2013 in collaboration with 'The Shri Ram School' (TSRS), by connecting rural based Mewat government schools with city based Shri Ram schools for enriching and mutual cross learning. The program, a unique initiative, provides a platform for students coming from different backgrounds to share best practices, create camaraderie and positive feel. The exposure visits to the TSRS schools are organized in a structured manner over a period of four months through 6 planned visits. This intervention with urban and rural school students creates a unique bond of friendship, brings positivity in student's learnings, behaviours and attitudes and have a lasting effect on the impact of learning outcomes in students.


Promotion of Leadership at School Level

The success of any institution depends on efficient and agile leadership. Specially in the school system. The adage goes -"the school is the headmaster, headmaster is the school". It is the leadership quality and the ability to influence others that will take the school to the great heights. A survey conducted found that if the headmasters are exposed to the latest approaches in school leadership, the entire school will naturally assimilate to the new approach and develop to a great extent. With this in mind, the SRF foundation envisaged and launched a program for Headmasters to provide them the opportunities to interact with the luminaries in the field of education.

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Support My School Program (SMS)

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Since 2013, SRF Foundation under its ‘Rural Education Program' (REP) has been successfully operating Coca-Cola NDTV initiative 'Support My School’ program in collaboration with NDTV Coca-Cola, TetraPak, Enrich Agro and UNHABITAT in the Nuh block of Mewat district, Haryana. The project aims to provide an environment for the holistic development of the children through fun-filled learning, play and sports and access to proper health and hygiene. The focus area of the project are components such as functional toilets for boys and girls, safe drinking water, libraries equipped with books, play and sports equipment, functional science laboratories, Building as Learning Aid (BaLA), playground and plantation. The program has impacted 14,500 children, 350 teachers, 7500 parents including other Community Members and 780 School Management Committee (SMC) members.