The agreement includes establishing a model to transform learning levels of underprivileged children of private schools in Hyderabad. This model will continue till March 31, 2012. With the goal of bringing long term change in the teaching process and improving the learning outcomes in poor urban children, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation recently launched Project Gyana Shakti, a pilot project which will assess the effectiveness of innovative teaching methodologies developed by Educomp Solutions Ltd for use in private schools in India which serve low-income students. Educomp, one of the largest education companies in India, will manage this project on behalf of the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation in accordance with Educomp's belief that quality education is a right every child should have, and in keeping with Educomp's vision of providing innovative solutions focused on 'Quality of Education' and 'Access to Education for All.'
For this project, Educomp will select six unaided private schools that serve lower income families in Hyderabad to pilot and evaluate Educomp's innovations in education in these schools, with a clear focus on measurable and significant improvement in learning outcomes of students in classes 1-5 in all subjects through the implementation of systemic measures such as building the capacity of teachers, improving the leadership skills of school heads and adding parent orientation programs. The goal of this project will be to evaluate the educational interventions provided to the six chosen schools, with the ultimate wider goal being to develop a sustainable and scalable model for capacity building and school improvement in private unaided schools serving poor urban children throughout India.