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Accessible Education

RDT’s Education sector runs different initiatives to promote school attendance and to bridge the educational gap between children from disadvantaged communities and their peers.

Supplementary schools

Supplementary schools offer group tuitions twice daily, before and after government school classes, to children in primary education in rural areas.

Currently, there are 3,106 operative supplementary schools.

Community Development Committees

The centres are supervised by Community Development Committees (CDCs), who take an important role in ensuring students’ school attendance and collect teachers’ fees.

RDT trains CDC members in leadership and management skills and assist in the screening of candidates to become Community Based Teachers. Teachers are also regularly trained in academics and classroom management.

Although set up by the Education Sector, the CDCs hold other responsibilities and serve as a link between the village and RDT staff.

Today, there are 3,513 committees, 134 of which are solely composed of women, across 2,913 villages.

Coaching camps

Prior to Class VI and Class X admission exams, supplementary schools also ran holiday coaching camps to ensure their competitiveness with their peers from regular schools. RDT also distributes study material to prepare for the exams.

Extra-curricular activities

RDT tuition schools also ran classes in extra-curricular activities such as singing, dancing, drama and sports. These events are an opportunity for children from disadvantages communities to stand out, boosting their self-esteem and confidence.

Bicycles

To guarantee a safe mode of transportation from their villages to secondary schools, RDT distributes bicycles to young students. From the 18,729 bicycles that have been handed out, 14,257 were for girls.

Educational incentives and grants

Along with the communities, RDT makes sure that all children are schooled and facilitates the enrolment of children from marginalized communities into government residential schools.

The Children’s Savings Grants aim at promoting higher education among children from low income families. Children shortlisted by the CDC, are credited yearly Rs. 700 to a savings fund from the age of 5 to the age 18 as far as they continue enrolled in school.

Similarly, RDT provides higher educational grants for children who are pursuing higher education or professional/technical courses. These scholarships reduce the burden of parents to paying fees, buying books or providing them with basic needs.

Over the period 2016-17, RDT supplied school material to 52,780 students and 61,322 uniforms.

STAFF SPEAK
 

“Establishment of CDCs has proved to be beneficial for all. Through awareness programmes, parents have become active promoters of education, and many children have joined residential schools in the district. There is community accountability and participation in ensuring a bright future for its young generation.”

N. Ranganayakulu, head master, Zilla Parishad High School, P.C.Kothakota, Best Teacher Award recipient by then President of India, Pratibha Patil

SUCCESS STORY
 

“I am Sravani studying in class V. I come from B.K. Samudram village and I belong to a dalit family. I have a younger sister who is studying in class I, and a younger brother who is 3 years old. My parents are agricultural labourers and we have no source of other income.

My parents are very much interested in our studies and inspite of all our difficulties, they are sending us to school. My teacher tells us about the importance of school and how it can help to become successful.

I am a good student, and I work very hard to make sure in future I will be able to support my parents, brother and sister. With the encouragement of my tuition teacher, I have participated in the Art Festival at our school and bagged a prize for Best Handwriting.

I will work hard, write my entrance exams, and become a doctor to serve my village people.”

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