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 100,000 of underprivileged children during the last few years.
Mrs. Nita 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 programme supports various initiatives that work with underprivileged children, promote girl-child education and impart life skills to the differently abled. In 2017, the programme supported twelve partner NGOs: Aarambh, Akanksha, Aseema, Deepalya, MelJol, Milaan, Mumbai Mobile Crèches, One Billion Literates Foundation, Sakhi, Slum Soccer, Ummeed, and Yuwa.
Every year, since the inception nearly 18,000 children from different NGOs across Maharashtra watch an IPL match live at the Wankhede stadium, Mumbai. This initiative taken under the EFA programme provides these underprivileged children with a life-time experience. The children enjoy a day at the stadium with lots of goodies, food and drinks. Dressed in Mumbai Indians T-shirts and caps, the children cheer for their favourite team at the stadium.
Since 2012, Reliance Foundation has been organising Christmas Parties for underprivileged children. Children are invited to the Hamley's store to enjoy an entire day playing games, doing exciting activities and singing and dancing to the tunes of 'Jingle Bells' with Santa Claus. The children get Christmas gifts from Santa and leave the store with an experience that they remember throughout the year. The toys, the Christmas tree, Santa- the experience is a dream come true for these children! Reliance Foundation strives to make their dreams come true so that they can welcome the New Year with lots of hope and excitement.
Aarambh is a community-based organisation working with thousands of children of migrant workers, who live in the slums and shanties of Navi Mumbai. Aarambh’s work focuses on the areas of education, health care and skill development. The Aarambh chapter of the EFA programme covers 4,500 children from five slum communities in Navi Mumbai. The children are enrolled in regular schools and provide all the paraphernalia of formal education, including uniforms, school bags, shoes and books. At the schools, they also enjoy the experience of digital learning.
Under the EFA programme, Aarambh’s education centres have also been equipped with children’s’ libraries.
The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organization that works primarily in the field of education, addressing non-formal education through Akanksha centers and formal education through Akanksha schools. Its target group is students from low- income communities who live in slums across Mumbai and Pune.
EFA supports the D.N. Nagar Mumbai Public School in Mumbai that has grades up till 7 reaching out to over 300 children from nearby communities.
Aseema is a non-governmental organisation committed to equipping children from marginalised communities with high quality, value-based education that will unlock their limitless potential. Aseema provides holistic education to 4,000 children through three municipal schools in Mumbai and its education centre for tribal children in Igatpuri.
Under EFA’s support, Aseema runs a Pre-Primary Centre Municipal School (SMS) catering to children from 2.5 to 6 years. It follows the Montessori Approach of educating children to develop their fullest potential.
Deepalaya is committed to working on issues affecting the urban and rural poor, with a special focus on women and children. In addition to interventions in areas such as education, disability, health, institutional care, and women’s empowerment, Deepalaya runs community libraries that are free and open to all. Volunteers and members of the library are trained in primary teaching methodologies such as the Read Aloud technique, delivering dozens of read-aloud sessions weekly to hundreds of young members associated with the NGO. In the two years since it opened its two community libraries, Deepalaya has enrolled nearly 2,000 children and adults, and issues over 1,000 books every week.
With support from EFA, Deepalaya is opening its third community library in, New Delhi. The library will serve children and adults in the area through the circulation of books, by providing a Reading Room, and by introducing children to the magic of reading and thinking through dozens of weekly read aloud.
MelJol is a Mumbai-based NGO working to protect child rights, while focussing on providing social and financial education to children. MelJol believes that it is critical for children to understand their rights. It reaches out to underprivileged children in municipal schools, zilla parishad schools and tribal schools across the country and uses the tools of social and financial education to provide children necessary opportunities to contribute responsibly to their environment. Over the decades, MelJol has reached out to more than 10 lakh children across 11 states in India, with the Aflatoun project reaching 116 countries through its network partners.
Through the EFA initiative MelJol will reach out to over 12,000 underprivileged children in Himachal Pradesh.
Milaan, aims to create inclusive spaces to educate, enable, and empower children and young people, to explore their potential and become change-makers in their own lives and in the communities they come from. Milaan runs educational and leadership building programs with children especially adolescent girls from low-income communities in order to create an equal world of opportunity.
Through the EFA initiative’s support for its Girl Icon Fellowship Programme, Milaan will provide comprehensive leadership education to 200 adolescent girls by nurturing 10 Girl Icon Fellows with knowledge, skills and resources. The Girl Icon Fellows will subsequently assume the role of community leaders, and act as advocates for the rights of young girls to education, safety and health.
Mumbai Mobile Crèches (MMC) was founded with the belief that every child has the fundamental right to security, education, healthcare and protection. To make this vision a reality, MMC has been managing day care centres at construction sites in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai and Thane, since 1972. With the aim of facilitating the holistic development of children of all ages, MMC runs crèches for children under the age of three, preschools for children in the 3-5 age group, and conducts after-school support classes for students already enrolled in municipal schools. It encourages and assists children’s social, cognitive, and emotional development and provides the educational and linguistic skills necessary for them to subsequently integrate in municipal schools, and succeed in their future pursuits. MMC has reached out to over 1,00,000 children, and managed over 270 centres.
The EFA programme supports costs incurred by MMC to secure educational materials and pay remunerations to the teachers manning its day-care centres.
One Billion Literates Foundation (OBLF) strives for equality in education, by teaching rural children the English language and the basics of technology through a fun, activity-based curriculum. OBLF trains and employs rural women to impart the above-mentioned skills, thereby empowering them and giving them financial and intellectual independence.
With the support of the EFA programme, OBLF will extend its School Adoption Programme to more rural government primary schools in the approaching academic year, touching the lives of many more rural children and women in Anekal Taluk in Bangalore district, Karnataka.
This project emerged from Aarti Naik’s experiences of working with girls living in slums. A number of Girls’ Learning Centres set up under this initiative provide a safe and quality learning space to young girls, where they have access to a community-based basic education programme designed to impart literacy, numeracy, and life skills. The major focus of every Girls’ Learning Centre is to ensure that each girl goes to school confidently, already equipped with the basics.
EFA supports Sakhi’s Girls’ Learning Centre to enhance the quality of education.
Slum Soccer is a FIFA-awarded organisation that uses the power of football to affect change in the lives of underprivileged children and youth. Through specially designed curricula and activities, Slum Soccer engages with and mobilises its participants to strive for learning and fitness.
Under the EFA partnership, Slum Soccer will work on Edu-Kick focusing on the promotion of primary education for the children from the underprivileged section of society who struggle not only to attend school but are hampered due to poor pedagogy, leading to dropouts and disengagement with education.
Ummeed helps children with developmental disabilities and children at risk of disability to attain their full potential and secure inclusion in society. In its 16th year of operations, Ummeed now reaches out to around 30,000 children with disabilities. Today, Ummeed provides specialised care for most developmental disabilities and has moved into areas of training, research and advocacy.
EFA supports Ummeed’s Early Intervention program, a pre-school program, which works with children with disabilities such as autism, cerebral palsy, global developmental delays etc. and their parents to build the abilities of these children to become school ready and join a normal or special school in the next academic year.
Yuwa India is a registered trust that empowers girls through team sports (football) and education in Jharkhand. Yuwa’s mission is to empower girls to take charge of their own futures, and actively resist social problems such as child marriage and human trafficking.
EFA supports the Yuwa School in Ranchi, Jharkhand. The school is an innovative, low-cost English-medium school for girls from disadvantaged communities living in the villages of Ranchi.