Market-based solutions can improve the quality of education in India

In recent years, the Indian government has focused on making schools more accessible so that more children can participate in India’s extraordinary economic growth.  While enrollment in public and private schools has increased, the country still struggles with improving the quality of education, especially for underprivileged children. The Michael & Susan Dell Foundation works closely with government and private schools to create affordable, high-quality options to improve learning outcomes for these children.

Prachi Jain Windlass leads the foundation’s efforts to improve the fast-growing affordable private schools sector and other high-quality market-based solutions for education in India. According to Prachi, “With 250 million students enrolled in schools in India, there is an enormous opportunity for investors to serve the critical K-12 segment. Early-stage investors can play a significant role in leading the way to a new era of impact investing—one that sees an uptake in the calculated risks investors will take on the products, services and organizations that have the potential to improve India’s education system.”

With 250 million students enrolled in schools in India, there is an enormous opportunity for investors to serve the critical K-12 segment. Early-stage investors can play a significant role in leading the way to a new era of impact investing—one that sees an uptake in the calculated risks investors will take on the products, services and organizations that have the potential to improve India’s education system.

Read more about how positive impact can be created through market-based models, in an essay penned by Prachi. It is also a part of a report on budget private schools in India, recently released by the Centre for Civil Society (CCS).

The essay provides an overview of the service providers in the affordable education market from an investor’s perspective: the environment in which they operate, challenges they face and examples of organizations that are showing early and positive signs of progress.

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