The Edupreneurs of Hyderabad

Anwar started one school in a Hyderabad slum a few years ago. Today he runs four schools, is constructing a junior college for girls and wants a loan to start yet another college. Anwar is an edupreneur – a unique breed of innovative, enterprising entrepreneurs committed to delivering education in spite of insurmountable odds.  

At the entrance of Anwar’s school is a huge banner with pictures of students who received merit ranks – a brilliant strategy that recognizes the success of his students and advertises the school to parents who are choosing between the 15 other neighborhood private schools. Anwar stands below the banner each morning for two hours talking to parents who are concerned about their children’s progress. He addresses queries ranging from school fees to complaints about the neighborhood bully. Anwar is extremely responsive to parent’s needs – the students’ report cards have graphs depicting their performance, pictorial depictions that help illiterate parents monitor the progress of their children. To address any concerns of teacher absenteeism, Anwar is now installing cameras in all the classrooms.  

Anwar’s students have done him proud. All the classes that we visited were packed with well-dressed, disciplined, eager students who wanted to become engineers, teachers, doctors and academics. These are children of mechanics, day laborers, farmers and truck drivers. They pay Rs. 70 – Rs 200 to attend Anwar’s school because it offers a good quality education and gives them an opportunity to fulfill their dreams. 90% of the girls in Class X said that they loved Math and wanted to become engineers – it is likely that their parents will force them to discontinue their education because of the absence of a nearby college, but Anwar has a solution – he is building a college that caters exclusively to the hundreds of girls in the neighborhood!  

In a country where public education system has failed, Anwar’s four schools stand testament to the private entrepreneur’s determination to provide a decent education to the average Indian child and earn a sizeable profit doing so.

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12 Comments

  1. Surya said,

    February 24, 2007 at 7:13 am

    Ayan, great work and thanks for putting up the blog. Having cut my teeth partly in the public education system in Delhi, I am a little surprised to hear the nineties buzzwords I grew up with – engineering, medicine, computer science – coming out of bright young men and women in this alternative academic stream. So, I wonder what the true value prop of Anwar’s school is for, say, a 13 yr old young lady. Does she really want to be an engineer (sans the media-fed mirage of $$), does it matter? How will she use her education as an 18 yr old young woman without many options for publicly funded higher ed? Are there “service” options such as the IAS? Is teaching a real, sustainable option? And finally, is Anwar’s model of secondary education sustainable, not financially but academically? NYC is icy but the new Cuban restaurant in Brooklyn MetroTech is keeping me happy 🙂 Regards to Priya, cheers! -SG

  2. Vidyadhar Joshi said,

    April 12, 2007 at 5:13 pm

    Thanks for the report on Anwar’s school. While it enthuses on several aspects, the last line of your report is dissappointing.
    “….private entrepreneur’s determination to provide a decent education to the average Indian child and earn a sizeable profit doing so.”
    The malady affecting education these days is the commercial tint it has gained. Few schools care about any quality education though all will care
    about profits…
    Please spare some thought on how education can be made commercial free
    yet high quality in imparting human virtues than delivering skills merely for
    utilitarian end a.k.a earning money.

  3. A kRISHNAMURTHY said,

    October 7, 2007 at 3:40 pm

    I am truly impressed with the start- opening schools for slum children. I am wondering whether Anwar would continue this since it is most needed, more than colleges. I would support if a slum school can be atarted afresh.

  4. A kRISHNAMURTHY said,

    October 7, 2007 at 3:41 pm

    I am truly impressed with the start- opening schools for slum children. I am wondering whether Anwar would continue this since it is most needed, more than colleges. I would support if a slum school can be started afresh.

    • Mohammed Anwar said,

      September 7, 2009 at 2:16 pm

      Dear Krishnamurthy,
      Thanks for encouraging to my work. For your kind information i already started few more schools in slum area to provide quality education to the poor. And I am planning for more schools in slum areas. Presently finding funders/investor to start more school in future. Regarding college proposal, Its necessary in my locality because many girls are unable to continue their education after grade 10th. There are many reasons for that., may be non availability of colleges neary by and also financial problem.
      Any how my moto is to spread education towards the poor.
      Md Anwar

  5. suresh said,

    July 29, 2008 at 1:02 am

    I want to know where this schppl is exactly

    • Mohammed Anwar said,

      September 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm

      Hi Suresh,
      This is Mohammed Anwar.
      M. A. Ideal High School is exactly situated in Kishan Bagh, (Slum area), Hyderabad – 500 064.
      Phone: 9000345903

  6. Aurovind Chowdary said,

    December 11, 2008 at 2:06 pm

    Great work Anwar…and all the best for your future projects.

    • Mohammed Anwar said,

      September 7, 2009 at 2:08 pm

      Dear Aurovind Chowdary,
      Thanks for your blessings.
      Presently i started more schools in slum areas to provide qauality education for the low income families. I inspired by Professor James Tooley and his research work in hyderabad and started a company “Empathy Learning Systems Pvt Limited” to provide quality education for the low cost schools in slum areas.
      Md Anwar

  7. Nusrath Nisar said,

    December 18, 2009 at 3:53 pm

    excellent work

  8. Anne Sellers said,

    March 16, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    We are trying to address the issue of facilitating parents’ efforts to monitor their children’s school participation / performance in West Africa – and I am looking for sample report cards (student assessment tools) that can be used for parents who have low levels of literacy. Do you have a model of the report cards used in this school? If so, could you share it? Many thanks!

    • Mohammed Anwar said,

      March 29, 2011 at 4:23 am

      Yes i can send you sample report. Please mail me so that i can reply you with attachment.
      thanks


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