Akanksha Education Fund

The Akanksha Foundation

The Akanksha Foundation runs a network of 26 innovative schools in India, in partnership with local municipal corporations to provide free of cost education to children from low-income communities to ensure that ALL children receive a high-quality education, irrespective of their socio-economic backgrounds.

Our vision is to impact 1 million children via excellent government schools.

Our mission to build one of the largest networks of innovative schools that empowers students to maximise their potential + influences systemic reform

Akanksha works in the field of education, initiating school reform through the School Project. The School Project model has been adapted from best practices of high-performing schools around the world and Akanksha’s own extensive experience in education gathered over its 30 years of serving some of the poorest slum communities of Mumbai and Pune. Currently, Akanksha reaches out to nearly 12,000 children through 26 schools in the Indian cities of Mumbai, Pune and Nagpur. It also serves its extensive network of over 4000 alumni.

Please visit the Foundation website to learn more http://www.akanksha.org/
Shaheen Mistri starts the first Akanksha center with 15 children at Holy Name School in Colaba, Mumbai
Art for Akanksha is launched to empower children with a strong creative education and provide art-related career opportunities to Akanksha alumni
Akanksha begins operations in Pune in collaboration with Thermax Social Initiatives Foundation
Akanksha conducts its first school interventions in government schools in Mumbai and Pune
The School Project adopts its first municipal school with Thermax Foundation
Akanksha and Teach to Lead collaborate to implement Teach for India, a Fellowship program aiming to end educational inequity.
Akanksha reaches 10 schools in Mumbai and Pune
The first batch of students at KC Thackeray Vidya Niketan (Akanksha’s first school opened in Pune) graduate school with a 100% pass result in the SSC exam
The Social Work department is created to link Akanksha with its students’ communities
The Mentor Program is launched so that individuals from the corporate world can provide guidance to students
Akanksha reaches 20 schools in Mumbai and Pune
Akanksha ties up with a CBSE school in Navi Mumbai and runs 21 schools in total
Akanksha adopted the Blended Learning approach to optimize remote learning

Akanksha collaborates with the Nagpur Municipal Corporation to run 6 schools in Nagpur and reaches a total of 27 schools