Dwaraknath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge
Our Institutes for Knowledge
DRIK - Dwaraknath Reddy Institutes for Knowledge was established with a vision to ensure
that children and youth from urban poor and rural villages learned of their rights through an
innovative and relevant curriculum specially developed to help transform communities through knowledge and action.
The learning and education centers set up by DRIK revitalize the severed roots between the poor
and their inherent potential and strengths. DRIK promotes learning where deprived children
and youth understand their history and cultural heritage, learn traditional skills of their communities that are dying out, and are enabled to feel their self-worth by taking control of their lives, their environment and well being of their communities.
Recognizing the enormity of the challenges our society faces, DRIK’s efforts are driven by a singular
focus of embracing humanity and transforming communities investing in a variety of progressive
DRIK’s programs are breaking the norms of formal teaching with an inclusive, innovative and
integrated rights-based learning approach in educating the poor. The mission is to ignite the spirit
of inquiry, creativity, and values through community rights-based education building leadership
in indigent children and youths.
“Education is what remains when one has forgotten what one learnt in School" - Albert Einstein
ANTS AND BEES
Story of Mahalakshmi and Impact on Community
The theme that influenced Mahalakshmi’s
action is the life story of ANTS AND BEES. Mahalakshmi was a young girl from DRIK - Knowledge Institutes.
The idea of community togetherness, the strength of being united, the power of
disciplined and persevering action, leadership
of the queen bee, the mutual love and
respect equations that ants reflect hard work
and dedication, were all the values and
real-life lessons taught, linking it to the community they lived in.
This awakened the spirit to emulate the
“Ants and the Bees”, and strive for unity and leadership within the children.
“Education is what remains when one has forgotten what one learnt in School"
- Albert Einstein
"Four decades of work in India - in the slums of Bangalore, villages of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamilnadu has shown me that when our children, youth and women are encouraged to participate, think, debate, discern and speak for change, unshackle the fetters of silence against exploitation and poverty, the communities are liberated and society is transformed.
Each child can make a difference.”
- Anita Reddy, Managing Trustee
Voices and Faces of the Change Makers
This holistic curriculum taught by our teachers provides the children with essential knowledge
and skills. The students of DRIK feel deeply stirred by learning themes focused on
communities, social causes, key issues begin to recognize their calling to transform
themselves and their communities.
Read many such effective and transforming stories of DRIK children.