Children especially girls belonging to poor and marginalized sections both in rural and urban areas completing secondary and pre-university education have equal opportunities to pursue higher, professional and technical education that enhances their chances of securing executive and professional positions fetching good salary and identity and recognition both in family and society.
Forty years ago dalits, tribes and poor rural communities thought education was not for them but only for the privileged castes. Enrolment in primary school was very low, less than 10% for boys and not even 5% for girls. Of them less than 10% were completing their primary education within a stipulated period of 5 years.
Andhra Pradesh has the second highest concentration of child labour in India. This is linked to poverty resulting in low enrolment. The enrolment rate about 40-years ago was less than 15% among children belonging to disadvantaged sections of society. Ananthapuram district has 63.57% literacy rate but there is a marked difference between male and female literacy rates that stands at 73.02% and 53.97% respectively.
“Education is not meant for us but for the children of privileged sections in society” was the common response when RDT initiated its education program in 1978 but today everyone acknowledges. “Education holds the key to our development and is one of our inalienable rights”. This indicates the present level of awareness of target families and the value they attach to the education of their children. Community Development Committees popularly called CDCs are independently managing supplementary schools which were previously run by RDT.
- 1433-Supplementary Schools managed independently by Community Development Committees in 2801 project villages upto March, 2015
- 12282 eligible students got enrolled into I Class in Local Government Primary Schools registering enrolment rate of 99% during the academic year 2014-15.
- 99% of eligible students joined high school after completing their primary education during the academic year 2014-15. 18333 students has been enrolled into Class VI in local government schools.
- 5769 girls have been pursuing their education in Government Residential High Schools as against 3738 boys during the academic year 2014-15.
- As many as 16162 rural girls lacking transport facilities received bicycles to continue their high school education upto the end of March 2015.
- 17985 students were given educational grants during the academic year 2014-15 to pursue their technical/higher/professional courses such as engineering, polytechnic, medicine and nursing.
Special Scholarship Program:
RDT introduced the Education Special Scholarship Scheme in 2004 with a view to supporting children from poor rural families to seek higher placed jobs as executives and professionals. This scheme helps meritorious rural students to pursue their intermediate course in corporate colleges and further continue various professional/technical courses such as medicine, engineering, pharmacy, nursing etc.
- 2449 rural students were enrolled and of them 296 are employed in government/corporate sector with good salary while another 1518 are pursuing professional/technical courses.
RDT / RYDT has extensively worked in education and as part of that work, it has started a Professional School in April, 2012 to give intensive training to rural based university based graduates and post graduates in ‘Foreign Languages’, ‘Basic computer skills’ and ‘Communication Skills’ in English. Three batches were already completed and in each batch 40 students were trained in Spanish (58), German (16) and French (46) and all 120 in English. Of them 83 students had already got their jobs in various corporate companies based in Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad. A new batch of 56-students (Female) are undergoing training in three foreign languages namely French (14), German (20) and Spanish (22) during the academic year 2015-16.