The Akanksha Foundation is a non-profit organisation with a mission to provide children from low-income communities with a high-quality education, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha works in the field of education, initiating school reform through The School Project, and providing a supplemental education through the Akanksha centers.
Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 6500 children through the School Project model.
Akanksha has 20 schools in Mumbai and Pune.
The School Project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune. These schools are in partnership with local municipalities, with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools in these cities that can be used to impact the mainstream education system.
Akanksha believes that a strong after-school model can effectively fill many of the gaps in the school system. Founded on the principle of maximizing existing resources, centers are run in under-utilized buildings and spaces for 2 ½ hours a day, five days a week for a group of 60 children. Each center is staffed with professional teachers trained in imparting the Akanksha curriculum and methodology, assisted by volunteers and social workers.
The centers have stopped taking in new students and are now working towards successfully graduating the existing students. To this end, the center team and the social workers will track each student until they have completed 10th standard.
From 60 Akanksha centers across Mumbai and Pune, the project will now run its’ last center in Mumbai in the year 2017-18, as the organisation is working towards impacting the formal education system through its School Project.