Way back in 1964, when Smt. Ratan devi Mohta, one of the Mandal's foremost committee members initiated Adarsh Vidyalaya, it was a small step towards a big change. As women and mothers themselves, Mandal's first generation of change makers set out to transform the future of the less fortunate children. The purpose was clear: to give them an equal opportunity to learn, grow and have a future as bright as their own children.
When purpose meets action
with this mission, a small space and handful teachers, RMM's first ever, Hindi Medium Primary School opened doors to children from the slums and streets of Mumbai. it was decided that the school would not only offer free schooling but also provide mid-day meals, uniforms, textbooks and necessary stationery items to the children at no cost at all. The teachers personally visited slums and labour camps around Dhobi ghaat, Kamathipura, Mumbai Central, Worli, Mahalakshmi and Byculla to spread awareness and convince parents to send their children to the school. A dedicated school bus began doing the rounds to pick up and drop children, which further encouraged parents to keep them from begging or engaging in child labour.
With action, comes growth
Soon, children started to pour in and the 5 classrooms began to fall short. In 1977, another branch of the school was opened at the new premises in Forjett Street, Mumbai. In 2006, RMM began an English Medium High School out of the 7-storey owned premises. All 3 schools provide quality education aswell as extra curricular activities for the children's all round development. Many well-wishers supported the intiatives by contributing towards better infrastructure, which further facilitated a library, computer lab, e-learning screens and special coaching as well grooming for the students.
Measuring the impact in smiles
Over five decades ago, a bunch of do-gooders set out to give young minds a fair chance at future. Today their third generations continue to work in the direction with the same spirit and enthusiasm. Of course, there are rewards to look forward to: watching the tiny tots grow into confident, responsible citizens. Nothing is more fulfilling than creating a generation of doers who look forward to a bright future, better opportunities and most importantly, paying back to the society. All 7000 of our students have grown to write their own success stories. Many of them are pursuing their higher studies in fields such as engineering and Chartered Accountancy in renowned colleges, while the alumnis follow their dream professions as teacher, engineer, C.A. and news anchor.