Past and Other Programs

Apart from our existent initiatives we also ran four other programs that are currently being restructured, have evolved or have been incorporated in the initiatives programs. This page provides an outline of the programs’ aims, their past work and their near future
The program aimed to holistically improve rural government and low fee private schools by working with various stake holders in education. The program adopted a complex systems theory approach to deeply understand system limitations. The program began with in school classes on spoken English, Hindi, Mathematical skills, value education and soft skill development. Over time, it evolved into a teacher enrichment program and finally to holistic school wide intervention (for a span of 2-4 years per school) entailing a) working with the school administration and leadership teams;  b) building competencies and capacity among teachers; c) developing teaching and assessment tools to aid teaching and learning process of the schools; d) conducting thinking /life skills’ classes for the students; and e) engaging parents in the educational process. The program has worked with 14,402 children, their parents and 695 teachers. Learning from our experiences and responding to covid-19 we are shifting to setting up an online teacher empowerment program called EmpowerEd.
This program works with private schools to promote critical, divergent, creative thinking and application based learning and change the current system flaws related to rote memorization and creating technicians rather than thinkers or researchers. CompletEd has been able to reach 405 students. With the systemic incorporation of HOTS in CBSE curricula and teacher training provided by CBSE the program evolved to bring about community wide discussion and critical dialogue bringing together nearly 600 people in a series of talks organized in 2017. The program has currently been restructured into supporting students engage in social changemaking processes and develop their own social interventions. This year we are piloting the program with roughly students.
RefugeEd is TIDE Foundation’s UK initiative (2017) that aimed to work with refugees in the United Kingdom. RefugEd provided educational opportunities for individuals and communities experiencing temporary or chronic displacement as a result of the Syrian refugee crisis. The team assisted the communal integration of people displaced by the conflict by addressing the educational and social needs of displaced individuals. The project has now been completed as the needs of families evolved and the children had been integrated into the larger system.

College Dev

This project aims at bringing systematic and effective changes in current university setup that can sustainably contribute towards intellectual development of college-level students. The research intensive group strives to work with students and authorities of colleges, to identify and work on root causes to improve value of education at university level. Some of our initiatives include launching modules like learn at your own pace (LAYOP), Scientific writing, research journal reading and presentation clubs, running IIT Bombay students’ mentoring program for juniors from across regional universities and providing internship opportunities for college students at Nirma from CS/IT streams. CollegeDev reached out to 1,056 students.,

The program currently offers the fellowship and internships to students and is currently being restructured to create large scale interventions.