India is a secular country, but religious beliefs draw deep political lines. In a Hindu-dominated nation, Muslims have endured a riotous, bloody history that, according to a slew of reports, continues to leave a dark mark on India's classrooms.
Over the past year, education in India has witnessed a boom in the number of NGOs, foundations and enterprises aspiring to transform the education system by giving meaningful instruction to children from low-income families.
For all the challenges that India may have, it's a wonderful country. The people are warm, smart, generous and tireless workers. I hope this is the first of many trips that I will take to this country.
Recognized as 'NGO of the Year' in 2010 by the Rockefeller Foundation and the Resource Alliance, Akanksha is a Mumbai-based institution providing high-quality education to children from low-income communities in urban India.
The Agastya International Foundation in India seeks to infuse creativity as a life skill, by making learning fun, useful and accessible, and shifting the focus to hands-on learning and interactive teaching.
Azim Premji, chairman of the international tech giant Wipro Ltd., just pledged US $2 billion for the improvement of Indian education to accelerate the pace of education reform. But what will that reform look like, and will it work?