Every child is entitled to an education in India, but unfortunately, not every child is getting a good education.
A report found that 52 % of Indian children aged 7 to 14 couldn’t read a short story, even though most of them were attending school. The country’s literacy rate is only 61%. Along with this, it is noted that on an average day, a quarter of India’s school teachers are unable to come to work.
Indians want better for their children. One solution is quality private schools at a price families can afford. RDF schools offer a low student to teacher ratio so students get more focused instruction. Lessons encourage children to think creatively and problem solve, not just memorize. And each day includes extra-curricular activities like sports and cultural programs as well as a nourishing meal.
Parents pay fees according to affordability, starting at 2200 rupees ($40 USD) a year for one child, rising to 8,000 rupees ($148 USD) a year. An average of ten per cent of students across all schools are completely exempt from fee-paying because of their dire economic circumstances. RDF ensures that no family is paying beyond their means. The number of children attending RDF schools has increased as more villagers enroll their sons and daughters.Today, RDF educates roughly 1,600 children in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.