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.
Marking one of the most memorable days of his life, a DLF CARES Scholar of Class VIII studying at Shishu Kalyan Sr Secondary School, Gurugram, had the opportunity to meet the Honourable President, Smt Droupadi Murmu.
During their interaction, the President spoke about the importance of taking collective responsibility; recognising and utilizing potentials positively; working hard and cultivating a habit of reading, especially biographies for inspiration; and promoting environmental awareness, health, and cleanliness.
The DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme conducted multiple sessions in collaboration with our partner agencies, MaanRahi, Lotus Petal Foundation, and iDream Careers, benefiting over 100 students, including both DLF CARES scholars and other students from classes IX to XII at Shishu Kalyan Senior Secondary School in Gurugram.
MaanRahi, an NGO focused on mental health, conducted an interactive session on ‘exam-related stress’ for classes IX-XII. The session was well-received by students. It provided valuable strategies for exam preparation to help students to deliver their best. Students actively engaged in the session and addressed their concerns with the counsellors.
DLF CARES students from classes IX-XII were given career guidance sessions. These sessions covered comprehensive analysis, dashboard access, API models in assessments, and the significance of career execution plans to manage stress, particularly during critical periods like college admissions and scholarships. Information on essential documents to apply for scholarship was shared to ensure timely access. These sessions were informative, engaging and received enthusiastic student participation with prompt query solution. The school management was appreciative of the positive impact of these workshops on the students.
The counsellor from Lotus Petal Foundation, in collaboration with the Head of Scholarships & Fellowships at DLF CARES, mentored 48 students from classes III-VIII on self-study. Students openly discussed their challenges and received guidance and support to address them effectively.
These collaborative efforts aim to empower students with knowledge, skills, and emotional wellbeing, fostering informed decisions in their academic and career journeys.
With the aim to support the teachers and staff at various partner schools, DLF CARES collaborated with ACER India (Australian Council for Educational Research) to conduct need assessment exercises for teachers from eight of its partner schools in New Delhi and Gurugram. The need assessment focused on understanding the level of academic skills and teaching pedagogy with a view to enhance the classroom experience of students and teachers alike.
As part of this, 60+ teachers were assessed in key domains such as pedagogical knowledge, social-emotional learning skills, problem-solving & reasoning skills, and teacher’s Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN). The insights from this will help determine the strengths and areas of improvement, thereby introducing structured learning interventions in the long run.
The DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme receives the Bharat Shrestha Sewa Sanstha Award from Shri Bandaru Dattatreya, Hon'ble Governor Haryana, and Professor Raj Nehru, Vice Chancellor, Vishwakarma Skill University for its outstanding work in educating the underprivileged child communities.
DLF CARES is dedicated to providing comprehensive assistance to its students; and in its endeavour to work towards this commitment, counselling sessions are being organised at partner schools for DLF CARES Scholars of Classes I to VIII to help them overcome the challenges in school and at home.
The Head of Scholarship & Fellowships at DLF CARES, along with a counsellor from Lotus Petal Foundation engaged with numerous students at Pine Crest School, Gurugram, and at KLK Saraswati Bal Mandir, Mehrauli.
During these sessions, challenges with academics and remedial classes were addressed and appropriate guidance provided for the same. Furthermore, students were counselled on the significance of discipline and effective management of time.
Fostering collaboration and ensuring the success of our flagship initiative, the DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme, organised a meeting with the parents of the wards benefiting from educational support. The gathering, attended by senior career counsellors from iDream Careers and DLF CARES Project Coordinator at Chennai, aimed to align the project's objectives, strategies, and expectations among all key stakeholders.
During the meeting, an overview of the project's goals and strategies were provided to the parents, emphasizing the importance of effective communication and synergy among all involved. The gathering also focused on highlighting the programme's key milestones, deadlines, and the necessity of adhering to timelines. The concerns raised by parents of the scholars were addressed during the productive session.
Overall, the meeting proved successful in establishing a strong foundation for collaboration and understanding among stakeholders, laying the groundwork for the project's future success.
In order to address the crucial need for improving the quality of education and learning outcomes, the DLF CARES In-School Education Support Programme conducted a Faculty Enrichment Programme at Shishu Kalyan Sr Secondary School, Gurugram, on June 30, 2023. Recognising the pivotal role of teachers in shaping young minds, the programme aimed to enhance the teaching skills and competencies of the staff at foundational, primary, and middle school levels. With 96 school teachers and two principals from the five partner schools, the training sessions focused on equipping educators with new learning strategies and innovative approaches to engage young learners effectively. The Programme centred around fostering a conducive learning environment, adopting competency-based assessments, bridging learning gaps, and promoting experiential and inclusive education. The sessions covered were for Foundational, Primary, and Middle school teachers, respectively.
Practical strategies, best practices, inclusion of real-life examples, case studies, and success stories inspired teachers and provided them with tangible ideas to implement in their classrooms. With the help of knowledge of child psychology, varied assessment methods, differentiated instruction, and inclusive education, the sessions truly enriched the teachers.
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 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 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.