The Education for All initiative (EFA) 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 70,000 of underprivileged children during the last few years.
Mrs. Nita M Ambani spearheads the Education For All initiative. The Mumbai Indians' team is actively engaged in the initiative and has exhibited their ardent support for the cause The EFA program supports various initiatives that work with underprivileged children, promote girl child education and impart life skills to the differently abled. During 2013-14, the programme supported six partner NGOs- Akanksha, Aseema, Aarambh, Meljol, Mumbai Mobile Crèches and Ummeed.
With support of the EFA programme, several children at various education centres (managed by Aseema and Akanksha) are provided formal education and opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities enabling an all-round development of the children. The programme helps them to overcome various constraints to be able to continue their education. Mumbai Mobile Crèches’s initiative has reached out to thousands of children at the construction sites in Mumbai enabling a safe, happy and healthy childhood. The children are provided with nutritious meals, study materials and other assistance to facilitate comprehensive child care.
Under the EFA programme, the children from partner NGOs get a chance every year to enjoy themselves at the Christmas party at Hamleys, Mumbai. Their day is made with lots of games, activities, food, gifts and enjoyment. These unique and special initiatives to provide quality education and entertainment to all children are just the first step of many to follow. The EFA program with the support of Mumbai Indians, will continue to achieve many more milestones in the time to come.
Aarambh was established as a Community Service Center for the marginalized famlies living in urban slum communities and rural areas. aarambh works in areas of education, health and skills development.
Aseema is an education centerto protect and promote rights of underpriviledged children and women. It runs Municipal schools in partnership with the Municipal Corporation of Greater Mumbai (MCGM), education center for tribal children, community work centers, counseling centers for children and training center for teachers.
The Akanksha Foundaion address non-formal education through the Akanksha centres and formal education through the Akanksha Schools. The Foundation also runs a School leadership Institute that recruits and trains school leaders as well as an intensive Teacher Training Programme that provides pre and in-service teacher training and development.
Meljol dvelops responsible citizenship amongst children through Child Rights Education. It was initiated in 1991, as a field action project of the Department of Family and Child Welfare, Tata Institue of Social Sciences (TISS). The organization reaches out to underprivileged children in municipal schools, zilla parishad scholls and tribal schools across the country.
Mumbai Mobile Crèches works with the children at the construction sites enabling them to have a safe, happ and healthy childhood.
Ummeed, founded in 2001 works with the children who have developmental disabilities.Ummeed strives to halp children with or at a risk of developmental disabilities, reach their potential and overcome barriers to inclusion.