About Us

The Oxford Nandyal Educational Foundation (“ONEF”) was formed in 2012 by Canon Rosie Harper,  Mr Donald Featherstone, and the Rt Revd Dr Alan Wilson, Bishop of Buckingham. It is registered in the UK as a Company (No 8107580) and with the Charity Commission as a Charity (No 1149808)

It grew from Project India, an initiative sponsored by the Oxford Diocesan Board of Education. This built overseas links between Church Schools in the Thames Valley and Nandyal schools, and aimed to raise £30,000 for school building repairs. A total of £38,000 was raised, but the experience made it plain that really making a difference would require sustained engagement and investment in educational capacity building way beyond the scope of simple building projects.

ONEF was estabished to provide ongoing engagement with schools in Nandyal. It does this by sponsoring teacher and student visits in India and the UK, partnership with educational NGO’s in India, including CfBT Educational Services.

The Objects of ONEF are to:
  1. help provide high quality, holistic and affordable education in the area of the Nandyal Diocese of the Church of South India, using English as the language of instruction.

  2. help develop productive, healthy, and socially responsible citizens within schools and the wider local community through a broad and balanced programme of learning for children and adults that reflects the state and Government of India’s education goal.

  3. provide a holistic education that gives students a fundamental understanding of the world and enables them to excel in their future academic careers.

  4. develop students who are life-long learners.

  5. develop professional skills to enable students to become vital contributors in the socio-economic landscape in India.

  6. develop skills that enable students to successfully navigate their personal and social lives.

  7. help students to find a sense of personal and social identity that is based on our national heritage.

  8. train students to be socially responsible citizens imbued with and inspired by deep moral values and rooted in the history, culture and traditions of the nation

  9. develop a commitment to the creation of a clean environment.

  10. teach students always to pursue the goal of a just and humane society.
In 2011 ONEF commissioned a full educational and social survey of Nandyal schools to provide a baseline for future capacity building investment.  The directors have maintained sustained engagement by regular visits to Nandyal to develop relationships with local educators, government officials, NGO’s and families.