Project ‘Model School’: Relaxo CSR project towards improving quality of education in the Rural areas

India is performing poorly on education indicators. With the Right of Children to ‘Free’ and ‘Compulsory’ Education (RTE) Act, 2009 coming in, there has been definite improvement in the enrollment of children in schools at all levels across the country. However, most of the provisions guaranteed in the Act are yet to be fulfilled like availability of trained teachers, high student pupil ratio, books/ stationary not coming in time, lack of basic infrastructural facilities like functional toilets with water facility, safe drinking water, library, laboratories etc. These gaps leads to many children, especially girls to drop out of school as they grow up. Recognizing all these challenges, Relaxo Foundation has decided to adopt Government schools and transform them into Model schools. The long term vision is to create a developmental model of School-Led-Community development. Relaxo Foundation believes that the education is the only tool to break the vicious cycle to poverty.