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A survey of 18,000 villages in all 600 districts of India

Nov 6 to Dec 30, 2005

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BMP wins CRISIL Award for PROOF
Outreach Program for out of school children
The Story of Yellappy
Akshara trains young women to become entrepreneurs by setting up independent Balwadis
For a Generation that Reads by Rohini Nilekani
Akshara launches Catalytic Programs in North Karnataka
Community Resource Centres set up to provide learning to all children in the community
Results of Accelerated Reading and Math programs covering 9000 children

Editorial: The Real Cost of Education
Celebrating International Children's Book Day
Akshara Foundation Celebrates its 5th Anniversary
PROOF: Signs of a Maturing Democratic Process
Akshara's Foray into North Karnataka


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Education is a fundamental right. Every child deserves to be in school and learning well. All over the world we see a close correlation between levels of education and human development indices.

Akshara Foundation believes that for universalisation of elementary education to become a reality in Bangalore and the rest of Karnataka, we need to build strong partnerships between the government, the voluntary sector, including citizens from different communities, and the corporate sector. Akshara is a successful example of such a public-private partnership.

Akshara Foundation was set up as a public charitable trust in March 2000. Our mission: to help ensure Universal Quality Elementary Education for every child up to fourteen years of age in Bangalore. Our first work started in a few slums in Bangalore city, with just a handful of volunteers. The initiative rapidly picked up momentum. It fulfilled a latent need in the communities for quality education and also tapped into the energy and potential of hundreds of young people, mainly women, who came forward to promote education issues in their neighbourhoods.

Akshara is part of the Pratham Network, a national initiative that has helped over a million children gain access to quality primary education on

To date, Akshara has touched the lives of close 100,000 children in and around the city of Bangalore. However, there are thousands more we still need to reach.



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