With a vision to educate, empower and evolve students from underprivileged communities, we launched DLF Sahyog in 2011. Re-launched in 2020 as DLF CARES, the programme traverses through the learning years of the student from school to higher education/vocational training for gainful employment.
Our students are enrolled in a wide network of schools across India. They are supported through various interventions with a network of qualified in-house counsellors and best-in-class partners offline and on digital platforms.
The programme delivery includes:
DLF CARES hosted an online session where students shared their gratitude for their mothers. Here are some that brought a smile to our faces:
Shri S.N. Sidhheshwar Sr. Sec. Public School, Gurugram
Sahoday Senior Secondary School, Delhi
Gyan Jyoti Public School, Delhi
Kendriya Vidyalaya, Gurugram
Recognising the importance of transparency and trust, an interactive session was conducted on June 12, 2023, for the parents of students who are receiving scholarship support under the DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme. The session provided an invaluable platform for parents to engage with the Head of Scholarships and Fellowships, where their queries and concerns were addressed in a supportive environment.
On a regular basis, DLF CARES partners with affordable private schools to provide selected students with access to quality education. These schools are aligned to the vision and mission of our programme and lay emphasis on academics and the holistic development of its students. 14 such private schools are empanelled as partners. All expenses towards the education of the selected students are taken care of by the Foundation. This covers tuition and examination fees, annual charges, textbooks, and uniform. Families have greatly benefitted through this initiative and are very appreciate of the efforts taken by DLF Foundation.
A collaborative initiative between DLF Foundation and the Lotus Petal Charitable Trust has seen a journey forward. Interactive e-learning remedial classes in literacy, numeracy, along with counselling will be conducted for students and parents under the DLF CARES Education Support Programme.
In an endeavour to understand the needs of the students as part of our flagship initiative, Dr Ameeta M Wattal, Chairperson and Executive Director, DLF QEC Innovative Schools and Scholarship Programmes; Ms Meenakkshi H Singh, Head Scholarships and Fellowship; and other members of the DLF CARES Team have been visiting partner schools in Gurugram. Following this, interventions will be planned and transacted to ensure quality education and holistic development of the children.
DLF Foundation, organized an annual scholars conclave at Summer Fields School, Gurugram for the DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme.
The event held on January 28th, celebrated the achievements of the scholars enrolled in the programme and awarded fourteen DLF CARES scholars with silver and gold medals, and gift hampers. The chief guests present at the event were Dr. Akanksha Bhatia (founder of Maanrahi,an organization focussing on mental wellbeing of students) and Mr. Ayush Bansal(co-founder of IDream Careers).
Commending the efforts of the scholars, Dr Bhatia said, “It was a pleasure to attend the event and witness the impactful work of DLF Foundation. I was delighted to engage with the students and must congratulate the foundation for being such powerful catalysts and providing them with a lifetime opportunity to change the course of their own and their family’s lives. The effort of DLF foundation in shaping them into such conscious, inclusive, and determined citizens is truly commendable.”
At the event, Alumni associated with the programme shared their experiences and journey with DLF CARES. They thanked the DLF Foundation team for their support and guidance and inspired the current scholars to achieve their aspirations and make full use of the opportunities provided to them through the DLF CARES Programme.
DLF CARES scholars in Class X and XII scored spectacularly in the CBSE X and XII board exams for the academic year 2021-22. In Class X, around 58 out of 160 DLF CARES students scored more than 80 percent in the board exams and in Class XII, around 45 out of 130 DLF CARES students scored above 80 percent in the board exams. Additionally, DLF CARES students who scored more than 90 percent in the Class X and XII board exams were invited to the DLF Foundation office for a felicitation ceremony. These results achieved by the scholars reiterate the success of the programme.
DLF CARES as part of its In-School Education Programme, organises many events to inform and inspire young minds about various skills and career opportunities. As part of this initiative, the programme invited Colonel Prasenjit Kar of the Recruitment Directorate, Army Headquarters, for a session with students of XI and XII, with the aim of the session being to inform students about various recruitment opportunities and procedures in the Indian Army. Colonel Kar introduced students to the army’s new recruitment drive- Agniveer and explained the various aspects of the programme including eligibility, physical, written and field tests.
DLF CARES partnered with Australian Council for Education Research (ACER) to identify challenges faced by scholars and reduce learning gaps. As part of the ACER assessment, online assessments are administered in English, Reasoning, Mathematics and Science. Individualized reports are generated, and subject based workshops are conducted for partner school teachers and counsellors. This helps in creating remediation programmes for scholars based on the assessments.
Over 40 DLF CARES students achieved scores above the 90th percentile amongst students across the world who had taken this international assessment. As an outcome of the ACER assessment, online remedial classes are being conducted and several hundred students are receiving support in literacy and numeracy.
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DLF CARES is collaborating with iDreamCareer, a professional career counselling organisation, to identify and facilitate toppers of Class XII to gain admission to institutions of their choice and aptitude.
Various scholars have benefitted through this intervention. Vastavi Kumar, a DLF CARES scholar who scored exceptionally in the Class XII board exams with a score of 94.2%, is now studying at a premier institution, IIT-BHU. Additionally, two other scholars, Gargi Sharma and Ruchi Sharma were selected for the B. Com programme at BML Munjal university and secured a scholarship of 12 lakh rupees.
With teacher training being a very important aspect of the DLF CARES programme, to ensure learning is imparted effectively to students, DLF QEC Innovative Schools are conducting a series of workshops for the partner school-teachers in a variety of topics encompassing subject skills, motivation, mental health, physical wellbeing and various aspects of the National Education Policy. The trainings being conducted are held both online and offline, and after a long gap of two years, physical workshops for the students of Classes IV to X and their parents are being conducted by eminent resources.
With the aim to help students chart out their future aspirations, DLF CARES as part of its In-School Education programme, conducted psychometric assessments for the scholars. Around 143 scholars studying in Class XII undertook this assessment. As part of this initiative, students were provided individualized road maps as per their aptitude, one on one career counselling is being conducted for 44 students studying in DLF CARES partner schools (Shishu Kalyan School and The Pine Crest School).
A career counsellor from iDreamCareer met students and parents to identify and guide them on what institutions or vocational programmes they should choose based on their interest and aptitude which emerged from the psychometric tests taken. Additionally, as part of this initiative, group counselling sessions for Class X are being conducted at partner schools (Shishu Kalyan School and The Pine Crest School) and various sessions are being conducted to guide and help students with documentations needed for admissions.