Vision: To promote education as a vehicle for rural development
Mission: To make a lifelong difference to the lives of rural underprivileged girls and boys through holistic education
Goal: To educate, engage and empower rural girls and boys
RDF schools strive to create India’s future leaders, people who respect their rich, cultural heritage but are also ready to lead their community into the 21st century.
Unlike many schools in India which only teach through rote memorization, RDF encourages students to think beyond the textbooks. Teachers promote social awareness and have students debate current events like dowry, pollution and gender roles. Older students also teach younger ones as classroom subject matter experts.
Additionally, teachers emphasize the importance of preserving and valuing one’s culture and environment through programs like Lambadi dance and handicrafts and organic gardening. This has encouraged students and alumni alike to be proud of and identify with their roots. They believe in the dignity of labour and are confident in their identity.
Alumni have started to give back to the schools and the village upon graduation, a trend which RDF hopes to continue.