Round Table on Innovations in Education

Round Table on Innovation in Education

Ashoka: Innovators for the Public organised a Round Table on Innovations in Education in Hyderabad on June 23, 2007. The Round Table had participants from Ashoka and the Ashoka Fellowship, the Spark Group, the IFMR Trust and ICICI (a key investor in the IFMR Trust and NE Fund). The main objectives of the Round Table were to identify innovative models in education that use sustainable approaches to deliver maximum social impact, to seek out potential partnership opportunities for SPARK and fellows and to identify potential investment opportunities for SPARK/NE Fund.

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Presentation on Initiatives of The Spark Group

Lisa Heydlauff: Be! An Entrepreneur

Group Discussion to explore innovative models

Balaji (AID) summarizes the next steps


The event began with presentations on initiatives at Ashoka and The Spark Group. After this, each Ashoka Fellow made a presentation on the work they have done. In the second half, there were 2 group discussions – to understand the major constraints to commercial solutions operating at large scale for low income markets, and to propose collaborative solutions. Read the rest of this entry »


The Times Of India: Now, parents have to carry bagful of money

The Times of India, Hyderabad | 9 May, 2007 | Mridula Chunduri

While the government is yet to come up with a mechanism to regulate the fee structure in private schools in the state, the schools are making the most of this lean period and earning a quick buck in the form of hiked fee.

The Hindu: Students’ performance in Math remain grim

The Hindu
January 9, 2007

The survey conducted by an NGO, Pratham, in which students were tested on arithmetic, writing, reading and comprehension, showed that about 60 per cent of students at Standard I and II could recognise numbers or do more mathematics. At Standard 3 to 5, only 65 per cent of the students could do subtraction.

Spark Guru Launched

Our first service offering, Spark Guru, was launched in Hyderabad on April 8. The event was attended by more than three hundred teachers, school owners and celebrities.
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Spark Guru April 8-2007 Launch

Spark on

The Times of India Poll

The Times of India Reader Poll, March 12 and 13, 2007

There is a dearth of good teachers in India.
YES: 80%
NO: 18%
Can’t Say: 2%