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Urgent needs of NGOs in the Education Sector

A report


The passage of the Right to Education Bill in 2009 marked a major milestone in India’s history. However, there are several stumbling blocks on the road to achieving the goal of universal education in the country. It is believed that it would require massive mobilization on an unprecedented scale and seamless collaboration between the government, public, businesses and social organizations to enroll every eligible child in school.

This makes the role of social non-profit organizations even more critical as they seek to supplement, complement or substitute the formal education system in the country and reach out to the excluded, underprivileged and challenged sections of society.

Confederation of Indian Industry, in partnership with GiveIndia and the Deloitte Centre for Leadership and Community (DCLC) undertook an investigative survey to analyze the urgent needs of non-profits working to provide education to disadvantaged children.

While CII is the largest and most prestigious industry association in the country, the DCLC uses skills-based volunteerism to improve leadership and promote effective management in the social sector. GiveIndia is a registered non-profit donor agency with the mission to promote efficient and effective giving that provides greater opportunities for the poor in India.

Our objective was to investigate and highlight the urgent needs of NGOs in the education sector, provide a reference for Govt. and policy makers and provide actionable information to corporate houses and donors who are looking to support educational initiatives.

Seventeen NGOs that are empanelled with GiveIndia and are active in the field of education were interviewed for the survey. All NGOs satisfy stringent conditions of transparency, governance and demonstrable impact on beneficiaries and represent most mature NGOs in the sector in terms of size and scale.