Cultivating an ethos of informed discourse in rural India

Upkram Educational Foundation is a not-for-profit organization. We work in the domain of education and livelihood for the development and empowerment of the marginalized communities in rural India. Our current operations are in two aspirational districts Sonbhadra, Uttar Pradesh and Jamui, Bihar.

The Learning Crisis

The Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) 2018 found that only 27.2% of children in class 3 could read a class 2-level text

Those who fail to attain basic literacy and numeracy skills by class 3 find it difficult to catch up with the rigour of the curriculum in later classes and fall behind, creating wide learning gaps. This also increases the chances of these students dropping out of the school system altogether. (Central Square Foundation)

The Education For All, Global Monitoring Report 2013-14 calculated that if all students left school with basic reading skills, 171 million people could be lifted out of poverty

Our Focus Area

Children in marginalized communities face early literacy challenges which lead to poor learning outcomes. This also reflects in their later years. Realising the significance of the problem, we are working on a threefold approach to engaging children, teachers, and youth.

  Early literacy challenges

  Teacher professional development


  Local youth capacity building