The Akanksha Foundation is a not-for-profit organisation with a mission to build the largest network of innovative schools that empowers children to maximise their potential and that influences systemic reform.

We believe that when we reimagine learning for our students, we can pull their entire families out of poverty and address several allied Sustainable Development Goals.

Our story began 30 years ago with after-school centres. Today, Akanksha supports 14,000 students through the formal-school education program and 4,000 alumni from low-income backgrounds across Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. Our 26 schools run from kindergarten to grade 10 in partnership with municipal corporations and no fee is charged to the student. Going forward, we seek to expand our network of schools through public-private partnerships, share our effective practices and advocate for school reform for children across India.

We aspire for excellence in our pedagogy that holistically empowers students with life skills and enables them to lift their families out of poverty.
Join us on this journey and be the change!

Our Approach

Academic Learning

Akanksha schools set rigorous learning standards to maximise student potential; creating a nurturing environment for children to excel in academics. The multidisciplinary curriculum is reflected in the daily timetable with subjects ranging from Information and Computer Technology, Integration of the Arts in Mathematics and Science to Music, Physical Education (PE) & Sports to even Library/Reading. Above all, all Akanksha schools ensure the inclusion of technology and use of digital learning techniques in the day-to-day activities of the classroom. With extended school closures, we are investing in digital tablets for students to learn remotely through daily virtual classes. The long term vision for our schools is to enable blended, or hybrid learning where students can both learn online and attend physical in-person classes.

Socio-Emotional Well-being

Socio emotional development is a core aspect of the learning of every Akanksha student. This philosophy is grounded in the idea that success in the 21st century requires each child to go beyond just academics and develop soft skills for life-long learning and growth. All Akanksha schools implement Socio Emotional and Ethical (SEE) learning practices as part of their daily timetable. SEE is a creative and pragmatic learning tool aimed at providing socio-emotional support while honing fundamental development skills developed by Emory University in partnership with the Dalai Lama Trust.

Parent Community Engagement & Development

At Akanksha, we have always integrated parents and the community as important stakeholders in our school model. We believe that parents are our partners in the learning journey and we provide intensive support to empower our parents in the areas of community health, economic resilience and as learning facilitators. Parents actively engage in the process of their child's development through programs such as the School Management Committee, parent literacy classes, parent volunteerism and community-wide efforts to address key issues such as women's empowerment, substance abuse, physical violence and others.Outside the classroom, community initiatives are guided by our social workers and counsellors who have formed strong ties with students' families and the local community.

26 Schools

575 Educators

14,000 Students

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