Fellows by Category

Abhijit Bardhan is using his established networks to launch a grassroots movement to train teachers to change the way science is taught in government-run schools. He began by creating a competitive program to reward innovative scientific experiments in secondary schools. It culminated in the National Children's Science Congress. In getting the program established nationally, Abhijit realized...

Organization: Pragat Shikshan Sansthan

Maxine Berntsen is an American-born linguist who moved to India in the early 1960s, settled in Phaltan, Maharashtra, and became an Indian citizen. She is launching a model preschool and follow-up supplementary education program for poor small town and rural children, and is beginning systematically to reach out from this base to the dispirited public primary school teachers. She's also...

Organization: Pratham

Dr. Madhav Chavan has designed a low-cost, replicable way of bringing pre-primary and primary education to poor children living in the urban and semirural slums of India. His method for universalizing primary education has been adopted throughout the country.

Organization: Suvidya

S.N. Gananath, a scientist and educator in South India, is reducing "math phobia" among school children. He has developed teaching aids and a hands-on method that allow children not just to memorize math but to understand it and use it as a tool for life.

Kallol Ghosh has developed a complete network of services designed to integrate children living with HIV/AIDS into society. Working primarily with abandoned street children, he has established a residential center that aims to meet their basic housing, education, and healthcare needs. Beyond such service provision, however, he includes affected children in a variety of social networks, through...

Karan Grover is bringing school students in western India into meaningful contact with their natural environment by way of their architectural heritage. In so doing, he is deepening and spreading urgently needed social commitment to the conservation of both endangered historic buildings and rapidly depleting water supplies.

While the shortcomings in education are a national concern, school is still the experience that children throughout India share, and Lisa Heydlauff aims to help them all discover what it is like for each of them. She is leading a big multimedia campaign that sparkles with positive images—success stories of “going to school” from 25 different parts of the country. Going to School’s message is...

Organization: Gyan Shala

Pankaj Jain is providing high-quality, low-cost education to children in slums and poor urban areas by re-engineering the role of the teacher. By dividing this role into three parts that require different skill levels, Pankaj has created new job opportunities and increased educational outcomes.

Organization: STIR Education

Sharath has launched an international movement of teacher changemakers who are innovating, implementing and influencing others to spread best practices of teaching. Growing to 30,000 teacher changemakers over the next three years, Sharath is catalyzing a teacher-led movement to improve learning outcomes for children.

Organization: Hippocampus

Umesh Malhotra’s vision is to inspire children to read more and improve their ability to absorb their education. His believes encouraging reading among, especially young children, will result in better learning throughout a child’s education. His approach is novel in crafting unique solutions for different socioeconomic classes to ensure that all children have the resources to become better...

Beginning with the Lambada tribe in the South Indian state of Andhra Pradesh, Murali Mohan is developing new ways to educate the children of rural migrant workers and facilitate a culture of democratic participation in long-isolated tribal communities. Through innovative mechanisms geared to keep children in schools while their parents are away, as well as leadership programs for older...

Organization: Loreto Day School, Sealdah

Sister Cyril is showing how middle class schools can integrate the poor living around them into their educational mainstream, to their mutual benefit.

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