Model Districts Education Project (MDEP): A 5 year project by Centre for for Sustainable Development, The Earth Institute, Columbia University.

A summary

MDEP, a five year long intensive project attempts to answer the pertinent questions in the field of education. Working with various government and state agencies the project works towards achieving sustainable development goals. Further, with the help of the insights gained in maternal and child health outcomes, the project via various studies aimed to develop, recommend, monitor, and evaluate a high quality, cost-effective, transferable and scalable model of primary education.

Over the years it has been realised that the root problem in systemic failure of primary education in rural India is weak accountability in the management of learning…


Sandeep leads STIR’s work in India and contribute to global strategy as member of global leadership team to impact learning of 750 million children by 2030. As country Director- STIR Education, he builds strategic partnerships with national and state Governments and NGO Partners and lead high quality delivery of the model of teachers’ and systems’ intrinsic motivation. His current work is backed with hands on over a decade experience of working with National and International organisations including three start ups.

Read his interview below, where he talks about bringing teachers to the forefront of the education scene among other things.


Currently leading the team at Pratham Books (India’s largest non-profit children’s book publishing house) as their CEO, Himanshu has more than two decades of work experience in the field of educational publishing and travel services with an expertise in operations, sales, marketing and outreach. Having worked on many public and private educational projects for setting up libraries for under served children in India, his expertise includes strategic partnerships, OSMU (one source multi use), program implementation among other things. Read his interview below;

Pratham Books works with a diverse set of stakeholders, from authors, illustrators, translators, to distributors and implementing NGOs. Can you give us some insight into the various projects undertaken by Pratham Books to further its cause?

Pratham Books ​was conceived to put ‘a book in every child’s hand,’ and we’ve spent the past 14 years trying to enable that access — by creating joyful storybooks in multiple languages, as well as working to reach the children who need them the most. In the process, we’ve become part of a rich ecosystem of authors, illustrators, translators, book lovers, and other non-profits.


Research Paper Summary

The abysmal state of the Indian primary education sector is a matter of grave concern for academicians and policy makers alike. However, the poor performance is not consistent across different states in India. While there hasn’t been a meticulous research to understand and identify the difference in learning levels of children, some research data does suggest that these improvements can be attributed to a change in the motivation of all stakeholders rather than to a remarkable change in funding. It is a widespread belief that beneficiary participation is the most effective way to ensure accountability and improvement. In this study…


Classrooms don’t need tech geeks who can teach , they need teaching geeks who can use technology

Learning language is mainly an attempt to communicate with individuals. It is rare to find a language class that does not use some form of technology namely to develop the ability of students to communicate with people in a new language in real world situations. We are now firmly embedded in a time when digital technologies are normalized in our daily lives.

Talking about language learning in the digital age, goes back to the year 1997 when Prof. Mike Levy wrote about his work on computer assisted language learning (CALL), where he focused on embracing a wide range of information…


A summary

This paper elaborates on the sustainable development goal which is to ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all. This report, which is prepared by researchers from the Center for Universal Education at the Brookings Institution for the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity, highlight the major gaps in education and the need for innovation to achieve these aspiring goals.

The paper not only talks about children in low- and middle-income countries who are about 100 years behind their peers in measures of schooling, but also talks about rapid advances in technology, changes to…


A summary

Many children speak a home language that differs from the language of instruction in education programs. It’s a widely known fact that children learn best in their mother tongue which prepares them to learn more languages in future. There are various factors that determine a child’s retention of mother tongue while acquiring additional languages. Studies show that six to eight years of education in mother tongue is necessary to develop the level of literacy and verbal proficiency required for academic achievement in secondary school.

Some of the most important factors to retain their mother tongue, children whose first language is…


Reach Out and Read represents a special effort in which evidence about the importance of reading aloud to young children was applied to pediatric practice. This paper elaborates a case from the city of Boston in 1980’s where Pediatricians observed that parents of a lot of young children and infants were not reading to their children, resulting in low learning outcomes later.

Some of the reasons that were shared by parents were high cost of books, reading not being a pleasurable activity etc. As responsible citizens, and conscious of the importance of parents’ involvement in child’s development, a group of…


A summary of this report

Recognizing the role of English as the most commonly acquired second language around the world, this report highlights the role of information communication technology (ICT) in English language learning. It explores various innovative approaches adapted in language development to fulfill the learning needs of the young learners who are highly tech enabled and are moving at the same pace with the current technological storm. This report talks exclusively about technology which has a significant role to play in enhancing the delivery of English language teaching and learning in the primary education sector. It provides a systematic and comprehensive overview of…


(An early stage accelerator program by READ Alliance for startups building early grade reading solutions)

In order to help, support and inspire social entrepreneurs with innovative solutions, USAID, and CKS under the READ Alliance Project recently launched the Education Innovation Mentorship Program (EIMP).

Nidhi Singh, Project Director, READ Alliance shares how they are working with a diverse range of stakeholders to improve reading outcomes of primary graders; thoughts on investment in tech-enabled products/innovations; and the tech trends they see emerging in the space of early grade reading across the country.

  1. Year after year, ASER reports come out and reiterate the fact that our children are lagging behind in learning outcomes, and can’t read grade level…

READ Alliance

A new approach that brings the public, private and not for profit sectors in inventive and imaginative ways to address early reading challenge in India.

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