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Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs in Education Sector


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Mr. Deepak Doddamani is a Founder of Ashwamedh Foundation working for Child Education and Development sincei August 2012. In this presentation he has discussed the opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs in Education sector.

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Opportunities for Social Entrepreneurs in Education Sector

  1. 1. Opportunities for Social Entrepreners in Education Sector - Deepak Doddamani Founder, Ashwamedh Foundation
  2. 2. Challenges and Opportunities go hand by hand.  Problems in Education sectors needs to be addressed. Entrepreneurs and Social Entrepreneurs both have equal opportunities to do that.  There are various need gaps which needs to be filled.  Shift from traditional learning methods to e-learning is creating many opportunities  Innovation and Research always
  3. 3. Fill the Gaps  Social Entrepreneurs can fill the gap left behind by traditional edupreneurs in terms of access, learning methods & tools.  Social Entrepreneurs can adopt the unconventional learning methods comfortably  Social Entrepreneurs can use technology, fun-learning, e-learning, activities and playgroup, e-class etc.
  4. 4. Go beyond Classrooms and textbooks  Social Entrepreneurs can bring micro- innovation in classrooms by offering students unconventional teaching materials, innovative ways of teaching.  Field Study, Educational Trips, Learning in nature, camps etc. can be promoted  Social Entrepreneurs can make courses on Value Education, personality development, Self- Defense, Dance, etc. and offer them to schools
  5. 5. Skill Development Programs  Social Entrepreneurs can help Govt. in their Skill Development Programs. They can start their own institutes on Skills Development.  Such Institutes should create employable blue collared employees, Self-Employed Entrepreneurs and Skillful labors.  Vocational and Skills training centers with Public Private Partnership models, National Skills Development Corporation
  6. 6. Philanthropy advocacy, consultancy  Social Entrepreneurs have good knowledge of Social Issues and the probable solutions for the same. They can start their consultancy firms to help philanthropist in systematic allocation of funds in the key areas of importance  Wealthy Entrepreneurs can start their Venture capital funds for funding Start- Ups of Social Entrepreneurs
  7. 7. E-Learning, smart-learning, Technology start-ups  Change Makers (NGOs) should help in digitalizing schools in rural areas, they can donate refurbished computers to schools with the help of their donors.  Training of basics of computers, use of technology in schools can be introduced and encouraged by Change Agents.  Start-Ups in Education field can
  8. 8. Improving Quality of Education  Social Entrepreneurs should create curriculum which are relevant, useful and upgrade it time to time.  Social Entrepreneurs can help teachers by organizing training workshops, providing voluntary teaching services etc.  Social Entrepreneurs should Mentor change leaders by providing them training, funds, feedbacks and support
  9. 9. Creating Social Equality  Social Entrepreneurs should help left- out and underprivileged children in getting enrolled in Schools by sponsoring their fees.  They can take City School Children to Orphanages, Slum Schools, Street Children schools for interactive sessions.  Students Exchange Programs, Competitions, Festivals events can be organized by Social Entrepreneurs.
  10. 10. Other areas of work  School Management Firms – right from acquiring land to mobilizing students  Financial Management Services for Educational Institutes  Teachers Life Cycle Management  Curriculum development and management  Solutions for constrained classroom  Start-ups Day care centers, Open e- library, e-book clubs, private tutorials etc.
  11. 11. Case studies on Social Entrepreneurship in Education
  12. 12. Key to successful Social Entrepreneurship in India  Social Entrepreneurs in Education Field should focus on following things:  Challenge the assumptions of education and try new innovative methods.  Clearly demonstrate their social impact  Create a Scalable social Start-ups which can benefit the base of the pyramid
  13. 13. NGOs in Education Sector
  14. 14. Teach For India  Founder – Shaheen Mistri  Founded - 2007  Focus – Eliminating Educational Inequality  Location – Mumbai  Area served – Mumbai, Pune, Chennai, Hyderabad, Ahmadabad, Bangalore, New Delhi  Major work: TFI Model based on Wendy Copp’s Teach for America. Educating around 38000 children currently.
  15. 15. Akanksha Foundation  Founder – Shaheen Mistri  Founded – 1991  Focus- Eliminate Educational Inequality  Location – Chinchpokli, Mumbai & Wakdewadi, Pune  Area served – Mumbai and Pune  Major work – NGO centres and NGO Schools Educating 6500 children currently.
  16. 16. Pratham  Founder – Madhav Chavan  Founded – 1994  Focus – To Provide Pre-School Education to children in slums.  Location – Mumbai  Area served – Mumbai and Delhi, International NGO  Major work – Annual Status of Education Report (Survey), Read India, Pratham books, Lakhon me Ek, Direct Programs.
  17. 17. Project Nanhi Kali  Founder – Anand Mahindra  Founded – 1996  Managed by – Naandi Foundation and KC Mahindra Education Trust, CSR of Mahindra Group  Focus – Education of underprivileged Girls.  Major Work – currently supporting over 57,000 students across India
  18. 18. CRY (Child Rights & You)  Founder – Rippan Kapur  Founded – 1979  Focus – Children’s Rights  Location – Mumbai  Area of work – Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore.  Major work – Chhote kadam pragati ki aur, Mission Education.
  19. 19. Start-Ups by Social Edupreneurs
  20. 20. Unacademy  Founder – Roman Saini  Co-founders – Gaurav Munjal, Hemesh Singh and Sachin Gupta  Founded – 2016  Focus – Free Education mission  Location – Mumbai, Delhi  Major work – Largest repository of educational courses prepared by educators across India on different subjects
  21. 21. Aavishkaar Founder – Vineet Rai Founded – 2001 Focus – Venture capital funding for Social Entrepreneurship space of India Location – Mumbai Major work – this early-stage investment fund makes equity investment in Social enterprises. Invested in Butterfly fields and Karadi
  22. 22. Sudiksha Solutions  Sudiksha was a project founded in 2010 by two post-graduates from the Indian Institute of Forest Management (IIFM), Bhopal.  Initially, they began setting up various primary schools for the underprivileged as well as collaborating with existing institutions to provide good quality education.  Sudiksha has current presence in Hyderabad, Kolkata and Bhopal.  High quality holistic education for poor children
  23. 23. Classle  Classle is a for-profit venture that connects teachers and students from institutions across the world, to create a platform where most of the educational content is common, and uploaded onto a cloud. It focuses on flexibility, ease and efficient learning through its content.  V. Vaidyanathan, who was initially working in an IT company, founded Classle originally in 2010 as a technical platform. It has now blossomed into a highly successful, full-fledged, e-learning platform.
  24. 24. iDiscoveri  It was founded in the year 2002 as a for-profit enterprise by three graduate students from Harvard, as a social enterprise seeking to renew and revive the education sector in India.  The name, pronounced I-DISCOVER-I, aims to unleash the potential and power of every human mind. The ‘ XSEED’ project, under the same foundation, targets children between 3 to 13 years of age.  Located primarily in Singapore, Bangalore and Gurgaon, they use a five-step teaching module which inculcates the process of- Aim, Action, Analysis, Application and Assessment. XSEED reached 3 Lacs students so far
  25. 25. The Kahani Project  The Kahani Project kicked off in the year 2012, with four founding members from extremely diverse backgrounds.  The founders believe in the power of story-telling as a bridge to reach out to the country’s largest kind of disabled kids- the ones with visual impairment.  They then let the storytelling take its natural course in shaping and moulding the personality of the child.  The Kahani Project aims to crowd-source audio stories and then distribute them either through this website or through mp3 players given to visually impaired children in various institutes for the blind.
  26. 26. Hippocampus  It is a for-profit enterprise which is focused on providing an enriching experience to children through learning with books. Flourishing since 2003, it has opened up experience centers for the city kids in Bangalore and Chennai.  Apart from this, HippoCampus has collaborated with over 50 schools, government centres and mainstream schools in Bangalore city.  Besides having an astonishing collection of books, HippoCampus organises events and productions that are children-centric, such as “Hoophoria”, their annual three-day carnival, and “Read It! Spread it”, their book collection drive for children.
  27. 27. Experifun  Experifun was founded in the year 2012 by alumni from the prestigious IIT and IIM in order to achieve creation of innovative thinkers in the field of science and technology.  Based out of Bangalore and continuously expanding to other emerging markets such as Philippines and Nigeria, Experifun focuses on STEM- Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.  They are keen to battle the concepts taught by rote learning and instead, encourage creativity, curiosity and innovation among their students.
  28. 28. Thank you