India

Program Spotlight

Sakhi Peer Leadership Program

Sakhis are girls who are selected for their exceptional leadership ability. The program currently runs in government residential schools. They attend a residential camp where they are trained to teach simplified chapters and teach their peers in school. Sakhi training is conducted and managed by college students who are supervised by staff members. Sakhis are trained to be confidants to their peers in times of crisis. Sakhis are managed by a Senior Sakhi, who is usually a returning Sakhi and has received specific training on managing her peers, reporting, and scheduling sessions.

Background on India

Half of India’s 1.2 billion people are below the age of 25, and quality education services are needed to realize the potential of this enormous group. Enrollment rates in the country are high, but challenges and large disparities in service quality and student performance remain, especially within the public sector. As a result, private sector solutions are becoming popular alternatives or supplements to government school delivery.

CEI has identified more than 120 innovative models, from the public and private sector that are increasing access to quality education for the poor in India. By showcasing common characteristics and themes observed across these programs, this Database at a Glance can offer insight into India’s current innovation landscape.

Database At-A-Glance

Click below to read our Database-at-a-Glance report and find highlights from six common approaches & characteristics across ECD models. Learn about programs focusing on:

1) Student Support
2) Education Delivery
3) School Support
4) Skills for Work
5) Public Private Partnerships
6) Out of School Children


With a young and growing population coupled with many varied public and private initiatives to improve education, India is a country to look toward for innovations.

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