IDFC Foundation

Improving Learning Outcomes

A program meant to improve the learning levels of primary class school students across 60 government schools.

Quick Glance

We joined hands with a non-profit organisation called Ibtada to improve the learning levels of primary schools students in the Ramgarh & Kishangarh Bas Block of Alwar district in Rajasthan.


  • Schools
  • Students
    6,335 students (3,380 girls)
  • percentage
    26% increase in average school attendance
  • meeting
    51 schools adopted improved pedagogy
  • meeting
    100% parents aware of SMCs
  • meeting
    All SMCs functional and regularised
Success Stories

Success Stories

Imagine when a 10- year-old dropout, who works for her family, gets to go to school again? Such is the story of Maya from Bolni in the Kishangarhbas block of Rajasthan.

Maya’s father passed away when she was very young and her mother, an agricultural labourer, had to pull her daughter out of school to support the family. After all, they did not even have a roof over their heads and started living in the village Gurudwara. Maya used to take the family goats for grazing to help make ends meet.

The workers from Ibtada noticed Maya’s keen interest as they saw her observing the school activities and convinced Maya’s mother to send her to school. Her school uniform and other provisions were provided as per the government rules while the stationery and other learning materials were provided through the project support.

Today, Maya is happily studying in class 3 and is a popular and loveable girl of school among the teachers and students. She recalls her experience, “I stopped going to school due to fear of punishment. Even if my elder sister forcefully took me to school, I used to return home after half an hour. Studies never interested me. After sometime while grazing my goats, I observed that children are enjoying new activities and playing. The teachers also approached me and persuaded me to attend school regularly. After that I started going to school regularly and gradually took lots of interest in the academic and other activities in school. Now I have learned many things and I enjoy my studies.”

The thought

The Thought


With the passing of the Right to Free and Compulsory Education (RTE) Act by the Government, the enrolment rates among children between the ages 6- 14 had definitely increased. However, due to lack of accountability the quality of the teaching methods in various schools had dropped substantially. This in turn reduced the learning levels of the students. The main aim of this program is to improve teaching by making student-centric techniques and activity-based learning a part of government schools. Quote

The Approach

For this initiative we are partnering with Ibtada, an organisation experienced in working with government schools. Together, we selected 60 government schools in Ramgarh and Kishangarh Bas from the Mewat region in Alwar, Rajasthan. Enhancing the learning and teaching methods in these schools, improving the students’ overall engagement in school activities and facilitating changes on an infrastructural level are our key focus. We are also working on making the School Management Committees (SMC) in these schools more effective and functional.

The Impact

IDFC Foundation was awarded the State-level Bhamashah Award in the presence of MoE in April 2016, Rajasthan for being a significant contributor to improving education in the State.

About Ibtada

Ibtada is a non-profit developmental organisation that focuses mainly on issues of livelihood, education, women and girls’ empowerment. It mostly works in the Mewat region of Rajasthan. Ibtada’s governing board involves people from various developmental and educational backgrounds.

Learn more about them here

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