The Akanksha Foundation provides high quality education to children from low-income communities in Mumbai and Pune. Currently, Akanksha reaches out to over 5,000 children through the after-school or center model and the school model. Akanksha has 8 centers and 16 schools across Mumbai and Pune.
Main programs are:
The School Project: This project is a venture to open high-quality schools serving children from low-income communities. The schools are in partnership with local municipalities with the vision of creating small clusters of model schools that can be used to impact the mainstream education system.
Centre and Programs: An after-school model, it focuses on innovative teaching of Math, English and Values. The first seven levels focus on providing a strong educational foundation, self-esteem and values while having a good time. The last 3 levels focus on successful completion of secondary school, and preparation for a job. Currently they have 8 centers and a total of 238 students attending classes regularly in Mumbai and Pune. Akanksha also offers programs in service learning, sports, empowerment, and career advice. Scholarships are offered to deserving children after a rigorous selection process. In FY15, the Mumbai and Pune centers had a pass percentage of 94%.
Art for Akanksha: This project includes curriculum development, art teacher training and support in Akanksha schools by running special classes for talented children. It designs, produces and markets a range of products that are sold through various avenues.
Mentor Program: The Mentor Program recruits successful professionals to act as mentors to an assigned child. Group discussions and individual meetings are held between the mentors and the mentees. During the year 11 mentor groups reached out to 153 students in schools and centers.
Programs for all round development: Akanksha runs 4 programs for the all-round development of children. These are the Empowerment Program for students in the age group 10 to 14, Service Learning Program to help individuals understand social issues, Sports Program to help children to have fun, build self-confidence, create friendships through physical activity and the Career Resource Centre to provide career guidance and access to job opportunities.
Income Rs13 cr
Expense Rs12 cr
Source : Audit Report 2015
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