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Anupama Nayar
Vineet Nayar
Sampark Foundation was started by Anupama and Vineet Nayar in 2005 with the aim of creating a million smiles by utilizing frugal innovation as the catalyst for social change in primary education in India.
Where elementary education in India for a humongous populace of children is perceived as a conundrum too expensive and large-scale to deal with, Vineet Nayar envisaged an opportunity, and a reason to persevere daily in order to light up a million priceless smiles, and brighten a million aspiring futures.
Thus, Sampark Foundation was founded in 2005 as an NGO for children education on a pan-India level so as to improvise upon the teaching methodologies, especially to impart rudimentary Maths and basic English language skills with the aid of better, easy-to-comprehend tools and techniques.
The Design Thinking Principles of Tim Brown served as a source of inspiration to solve the problem of poor comprehensibility in a frugal, cost-effective approach. It was, in fact, upon this concept of design thinking that the idea of developing a Smart Class Kit (a low-cost, high-yield educational tool) was conceived, fueled by an intensive global research into the best educational practices, with teaching-techniques for spastic children being a special area of interest.
This was followed up by a 2012 launch of the “Sampark Smart Class Maths Kit”, which yielded hugely positive results like raising the learning threshold of children, who proceeded to outperform other kids their age. Buoyed by the results, a 5-year research to solve the problem of English culminated in the launch of the “Sampark Smart Class English Foundation Program”.
Timeline:
2005 Sampark Foundation, an NGO for children was founded to bring about innovation in education.
2010 Research initiated on key issues in primary education and Global Best Practices.
2012-13 Developed and piloted Sampark Pedagogy Framework (SPF) across 500 schools .
2013-14 Roll-out across 6,000 model schools impacting 2,80,000 children, most of them underprivileged.
2015-17 Waterfall model roll-out across 76,000 schools impacting 7 million children.