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Leveraging Underutilized Resources (Facilities, Community) & Public-Private Partnerships

Akanksha, an Indian NGO founded by the CEO of Teach for India when she was 18, utilizes after-hours office & school space as learning centers for slum children, as well as community teaching volunteers (college students, Teach for India, working people, etc.). It runs 58 learning learning centers and has an enrollment of ~2,500 students. Recently, it partnered with the Mumbai & Pune governments (which provide the public school facilities, while Akanksha does everything else, as long as it meets certain targets), to manage 6 municipal schools that enroll an aggregate of ~1000 students.

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Affordable Private Schools may be able to use Akanksha's innovative methods from leveraging underutilized facilities & community volunteers to public-private partnerships (& potentially additional funding through voucher/charter school programs down the line). Learn more about Akanksha & the potential for public-private partnerships in Indian education at:,,

Who would implement this?

  • A big company
  • A local entrepreneur or small organization
  • A globally-based social entrepreneur
  • NGOs and Foundations


By leveraging pre-existing facilities, basics like rooms, desks, chair, boards, etc. are accessed at no or minimum cost. Volunteers from the community also lower staffing costs.

Distribution & Delivery

Affordable Private Schools, Potentail Partners (Public Schools, Regular Private Schools, Government, Businesses), & Volunteers must both be convinced of the concept's benefits & viability.


The best way is to illustrate through the successes of organizations like Akanksha.

Local Need. Enterprising Schools has identified key areas of need for Affordable Private Schools. What local learning need(s) does this concept address?

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great content here.