There are deep cultural roots to our behavior. To replace the prejudices we cultivate as social beings with openness is definitely a challenge. Yet there have always been heart-warming moments when change seemed to happen.
Azim Premji Foundation
Azim Premji Foundation is a not-for-profit organization with an overarching goal to contribute to a just, equitable, humane and sustainable society in India. We strive to facilitate a deep, large scale and long-term impact on the quality and equity of education in India, along with related development areas such as child health, nutrition, governance and ecology. Azim Premji Foundation seeks to address these inter-related domains while keeping Education as a core area of focus. The Foundation does this through an integrated approach that synergistically contributes to a dynamic response. The four key strands of our work include:
- Talent Creation: Developing a critical mass of people with vision, competence and deep motivation to engage in social action. This includes developing fresh talent and building capacity in the existing talent of teachers, teacher educators, education functionaries and leaders and development professionals.
- Knowledge Creation: Creating knowledge to provide deeper insights into the solutions to challenges in education and development in the Indian context and culture. And thus create a culture of evidence based decisions in policy & program.
- Network of Institutions: Developing a network of institutions spread across the country that actively develop talent, build knowledge, and work for reform in education and allied developmental areas on a sustained basis.
- Social Pressure: Through strong institutional networks, continuing education, field impact and awareness building, changing the way that communities and functionaries think about issues in education and development and thus facilitate social pressure for improvement in quality and equity.