“Our Constitution fathers did not intend that we just set up hovels, put students there, give untrained teachers, give them bad textbooks, no playgrounds, and say, we have complied with Article 45 and primary education is expanding…They meant that real education should be given to our children between the ages of 6 and 14.” – M. C. Chagla – Education Minister of India, 1963-66
Approximately 55 percent of the Indian population is under the poverty line. India is fourth among the top 10 nations with the highest numbers of out-of-school children in primary level. Furthermore, the rate of school drop-outs amongst students is very high. One of the main reasons behind the school dropout and non enrollment is uncertainty of livelihood and poverty. When earning a livelihood and taking care of the members of the family becomes a primary matter of concern in one’s life, education stands a little or, very often, no chance of pursuance.


Children are always eager to learn. Unfortunately, many of them do not have access to education. Education is not only a child’s right; it is also the most powerful human tool to bring a change. EFRAH creates inclusive learning environment and promote quality teaching and learning practices. EFRAH’s mission is to empower needy children and communities to break the Vicious Cycle of Poverty where the problems of malnourishment and mortality spawns, while lack of education ensures children to follow in their parents’ footsteps scraping a daily existence as manual labor or rag-pickers. Based on many years of experience, we target the rag-pickers, child labour, domestic helpers, sibling caring children and those who working in garment industry. At EFRAH we ensure all children (6-18 years), especially girls from vulnerable and excluded families, successfully complete 10 years of education in school with appropriate learning levels. EFRAH is working closely with the drop-outs, child labors through the enrollment of children in Balwadi, Non-Formal and Remedial Education Centers (bridge course) and mainstream them in the formal school (Government school or NIOS).
More than 40,000 children are direct beneficiaries of EFRAH within which 18,000 children were mainstreamed into different formal schools to start their formal education.


EFRAH is running 24 education learning centers, a Library Program, Teachers Training and Financial Education Program to provide services to the underprivileged community. EFRAH is successfully running following education programme:-
1. NIOS Schooling-There are a variety of reasons that children may not attend or may not thrive in a legally recognized, Board-affiliated school and for these children; Open Schooling offers a meaningful path of education certification
2. Alternative Innovative Education Programme- In order to improve the quality of education in primary schools and to support the national objective of universal enrolment and retention, Save the Children in partnership with EFRAH initiated a project on bringing quality education in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) primary schools. Through the programme EFRAH created inclusive learning environment and promoted quality teaching and learning practices.
3. Pre-Schooling or Balwadi- A Balwadi is an early learning day care center for children between the age of three to five years. Balwadis provide a safe environment for young children whose parents are involved in employment. Here the children have opportunities to learn and they are also provided nutritious mid day meal to improve the nutritional level.
4. Non formal education (NFE) and Bridge course- The primary goal of this NFE is to motivate and prepare children to gain admission into formal schools. EFRAH provides bridge courses to those children who have suffered breaks in their formal education. The programme provides intensive coaching to such children and aim to help them in re-joining the formal school and get enrolled in specific class age appropriately. The non-formal education focuses on interesting and interactive learning through a participatory approach. A wide range of innovative techniques are applied under the program, which includes painting, games, storytelling, songs, quizzes, etc. EFRAH has mainstreamed more than 18000 out of school children in to formal schools.
5. Remedial education class (REC) - Remedial Education is defined as getting ‘connected with school students who are slower at learning than others’. This helps to ensure that children with learning difficulties get enough support in their learning process and do not drop out of mainstream schools. The teachers who manage the center and also monitor each and every child's progress periodically and teach them in separate groups as per their age. Graduates from our Non-Formal Education Centers (NFE's), i.e. former drop-outs who have been bridged and mainstreamed back into school, also attend REC's so we can make sure they have no problems adjusting to either coursework or school life in general.

Partnership with SDMC Schools

In order to improve the quality of education in primary schools managed by South Delhi Municipal Corporation to support the national objective of universal enrolment and retention, EFRAH is enduring a project on bringing quality in South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) primary schools. Following were the major milestones in the area of education:

  • 601 out of school including activity center children were enrolled in different government or private school during this financial year.
  • Throughout the year 355 children from the rag pickers community attended the activity centre.
  • Around 520 members of School Management Committee were capacitated on their role and responsibilities.
  • Around 118 teachers received training on quality teaching and learning.
  • Around 1568 Beneficiaries has been covered through different enrolment drive campaign for out of school children and vocational training.
  • Provided learning resource to 5946 children.601 out of school including activity center children were enrolled in different government or private school during this financial year.