THE PIRAMAL FOUNDATION
The Piramal Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation established in 2006. Through the pursuit of practical innovations for India's development, it aims to create replicable solutions to some of our nation's most pressing challenges. Its method is based on a belief that talented young people when challenged to address the country's most common development issues, will find innovative solutions that are relevant, cost-effective, and applicable to the nation at large. Their primary areas of focus include democratizing healthcare, sustainable solutions and rural employability among other worthy causes. The foundation's emphasis is on engaging young people and finding systemic solutions for the delivery of quality education. The Piramal Foundation has been a key supporter of the Fellowship: they funded the launch in 2008; they also gave invaluable inputs on strategic questions.
MICHAEL AND SUSAN DELL FOUNDATION
Inspired by a passion for children and by a shared desire to improve the lives of children living in urban poverty, Michael and Susan Dell established their Austin, Texas-based foundation in 1999. In its early years, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation focused its efforts on improving education and children's health in Central Texas. But within a few short years, their reach expanded, first nationally and then globally. To date, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation has committed more than $1 billion to assist non-profit organizations working in major urban communities in the United States, South Africa and India. They focus on opportunities with the greatest potential to directly and measurably transform the lifelong outcomes of impoverished urban children around the globe.
UNITED NATIONS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN'S EMERGENCY FUND (UNICEF)
In 1946, the United Nations created UNICEF to serve the purpose of providing food, clothing, and healthcare to the starving and diseased children in Europe during the World War II. Since then, the UN has undertaken a global initiative in providing long term humanitarian and developmental assistance to children and mothers in developing countries. Their projects incorporate areas such as child rights to protection, education, healthcare, and good nutrition. UNICEF is a key contributor to our Mumbai project.
It is the leading U.S. Government agency that works to end extreme global poverty and enable resilient, democratic societies to realize their potential. In order to support these goals, President John. F. Kennedy created the United States Agency for International Development by executive order in 1961. The U.S. foreign assistance has always had the twofold purpose of furthering America's interests while improving lives in the developing world. USAID carries out the U.S. foreign policy by promoting broad-scale human progress. It expands stable, free societies, creates markets and trade partners for the United States, and fosters good will abroad. USAID is the donor partner in Gujarat.
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF GREATER MUMBAI (MCGM)
It is the primary agency responsible for urban governance in Greater Mumbai. It was established in 1882 as India's first municipal corporation. Since then, numerous non- political groups, NGO's and organizations of citizens have worked closely with the civic body in the fields of education, public health, creation of urban amenities, art and culture, heritage conservation, etc. MCGM is one of the largest local governments in the Asian continent.
SARVA SHIKSHA ABHIYAN
A Government of India flagship program for achievement of Universalization of Elementary Education in a time bound manner, as mandated by the 86 th amendment to the Constitution of India making free and compulsory education to the children of 6-14 years age group, a Fundamental Right.
STATE GOVERNMENT OF RAJASTHAN
The State Government of Rajasthan has been working towards expanding literacy and awareness in all corners of the state. Various innovative programs have been launched for the enhancement of literacy. The Directorate of Literacy and Continuing Education, Rajasthan has been endeavoring for the expansion of literacy by bringing the left out illiterates in the literacy net, educational and social economic development of the neo-literates.
MUNICIPAL CORPORATION OF GREATER MUMBAI (MCGM)
The MCGM was established in 1882, as India's first municipal corporation. It is the primary agency responsible for urban governance in Greater Mumbai. Numerous non-political groups, NGO's and organizations of citizens have worked closely with the civic body in the fields of education, public health; creation of urban amenities, art and culture, heritage conservation, etc.
SURAT MUNICIPAL CORPORATION
Surat Municipal Corporation is a local self government which came into being under the provisions of the Bombay Provincial Municipal Act, 1949. It was established on 2 October 1966. It carries out all the obligatory & discretionary functions prescribed there under. Currently, our organization is working with Nagar Prathmik Skikshan Samiti (NPSS) of the corporation.
BODH SHIKSHA SAMITI
Bodh Shiksha Samiti was established in Jaipur and is guided by leading educationalists and social sector specialists. Bodh has created a system wherein children and the community are involved in school activities at all levels of the program: learning, school administration and curriculum development. It reaches out to more than 26,000 deprived children (urban and rural) through its bodhshalas and government schools in Jaipur and Alwar. It has been instrumental in designing the Learning Quality and alternative Pedagogy processes for Instructional part of the Leadership Development curriculum. They have guided and supported the capacity development for school staff and Fellows.
HARVARD GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION(HGSE)
HGSE's Global Education Initiative, together with partners around the world, aim to address the knowledge and innovation gaps in
education leadership. Our organisation is one of the six global partners of this comparative study. This research focuses on the study of educational policies and programs that develop 21st century skills. These skills include knowledge areas such as financial literacy, entrepreneurial skills, civic and leadership competencies, engineering and design skills, and global citizenship competency.
EDUCATIONAL INITIATIVES (El)
Educational Initiatives is an Ahmedabad-based consultancy working in education research and assessments in India. The company is headed by IIM graduates, Sudhir Ghodke and Sridhar Rajagopalan. It aims to promote an atmosphere of equality within India's primary school system. El has been working alongside us to conduct research and assessments to improve our programs.
Ashoka India is the global association of the world's leading social entrepreneurs-men and women with system changing solutions for the world's most urgent social problems. Over a 30-year span, they have elected and funded over 2,800 leading social entrepreneurs in more than 70 countries. Rather than building one school or clinic in one community, Ashoka Fellows work at the systemic level, transforming the way children learn or creating new healthcare delivery systems. Ashoka then distills action-principles that cut across the work of these social entrepreneurs and creates frameworks for collaborative entrepreneurship to author global change. Aditya Natraj was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
General Atlantic launched Echoing Green in 1987, naming it after a Wiiliam Blake poem about creating a better world. Echoing Green is committed to foster individuals who are committed towards social change. In 2002, Cheryl L. Dorsey took over the leadership of Echoing green and reshaped the organization into a global non-profit. Since then this initiative has been providing funding to about 500 social entrepreneurs who have launched bold new organizations to generate positive systemic change across the world. Aditya Natraj is an alumnus of the Echoing Green Fellow.
Harvard University was established in 1636 under the name of the college's first benefactor, John Harvard of Charleston in Cambridge, MA. The motto of Harvard is 'Veritas' (Latin for Truth). The institution, since
its inception, has evolved as one of the finest institutions in the world with more than 323,000 alumni and 44 Nobel Laureates spread across the world. Harvard is known for its global leadership in education with faculty and student composed of world class scholars.
Established in 1998, Jodo Gyan is an organization of professionals and social activists who have come together to find workable solutions to the problems in classroom practice in schools across India. Jodo Gyan tries to take a fresh look at these problems and draws upon cutting-edge research to solve them. They are a social enterprise motivated by the need to find sustainable and broadly applicable solutions to make education meaningful for every child in India. Jodo Gyan provides training in the pedagogy of Mathematics and teaching materials for the Fellowship.
INDIAN INSTITUTE OF MANAGEMENT, AHMEDABAD
The Ravi J. Matthai Centre for Educational Innovation of IIM- A was set up in 1986 to conduct research and undertake training activities to influence the management of education systems in India. Its areas of research include literacy and popular culture, educational performance among disadvantaged communities, teacher-generated innovations in primary education and the role of teachers' associations in educational reform. The Centre also focuses on curriculum development, framing quality assurance policies and accreditation mechanisms in higher education. We have always been associated with experts from the Centre to develop and finetune our Leadership Development Curriculum.
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam : Best Experience of knowing fellows and Headmasters My Best wishes
HBS professors participated in the Delhi conference are:
NYU professor :
Edward Seidman is a Community Psychologist, Professor of Applied Psychology and a member of the Executive Committee of Global TIES for Children at New York University visited Piramal School of leadership. His message for Gandhi Fellowship:
I had the good fortune to see first-hand the Gandhi Fellowship Program in action during the last 10 days in Bagar, Rajasthan. The Fellowship capitalizes on the best of other training programs that focus on educational and social change, such as Teach for India and the Peace Corps, but goes much further. The program is structured so that the fellow is immersed in the community, living with a family in the local community for a month at a time, and working with a different school each day of the week repeatedly for the duration of the two-year fellowship. This gives them a unique cultural understanding and the ability to be an innovative social change agent at the interface of classrooms, schools, families, and community organizations. Not surprisingly, Fellows develop and implement needed and innovative programs in the community, and at the same time, release the potential of head masters and teachers in the local schools.
For the fellows themselves, this turns out to be a personally transformative experience. Not only does the program propel them into a life-long trajectory as a social change agent, but it gives them great insights into who they are and what they are capable of. I only wish I could be eligible to apply for the Gandhi Fellowship Program.
Shri Kailash Satyarthi I strongly believe in 3 D.