A New Social Enterprise to Ensure Urban Poor Children Learn.
A rough estimate puts 16.8 million students as taking private tuition in urban areas.
The reality is that while the government and civil society organisations continue to work on strengthening schools, the numbers indicate a strong demand for tuition support in urban areas from parents and children, both in government as well as private schools, to bridge existing learning gaps and deficiencies.
Against this backdrop, given that our academic support centres have proven to improve learning levels in children, we decided to offer these classes to thousands more, to reach more students and encourage their enthusiasm to study by guaranteeing that every child who attends these classes consistently will improve her learning levels.
Making this happen is a new social enterprise called Naandi Education Support and Training (NEST) Pvt Ltd. For a tuition fee of between Rs 200 to Rs 400 per month, NEST centres offer every student who joins:
• 1.5 hours of Cooperative Reflective Learning based classes, six days a week in all the subjects students have from std 1 to 5, and
• Guarantees 20% or one grade improvement in school or a money back guarantee if school marks do not improve at the end of the year despite 95% attendance.
NEST centres are operating in Mumbai and Delhi and by 2015 they will be operating in Pune, Nasik, Meerut, Ghaziabad, Lucknow, Kanpur, Gwalior, Bhopal, Indore, Jaipur, Jodhpur and Kota providing quality education at affordable cost.