Educational outcomes in India are dismally low. The 2013 ASER results show that nationally, 53% of students enrolled in Class 5 are unable to read a Class 2 text. 74 % of students enrolled in Class 5 could not complete a Class 3 division problem. Globally, the relatively well-performing Indian states of Himachal Pradesh and Tamil Nadu ranked at the bottom in the 2009 Program for International Student Assessment tesconducted by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.
Akanksha focuses on academic achievement, student enrichment, and community development, thereby enabling its students to become independent, responsible citizens but also for the communities to become healthy and nurturing places to live. The highest priority issues are English language acquisition, intervention for students with learning gaps, reading comprehension skills, math and science proficiency, and community issues such as health and sanitation, violence and substance abuse.
At full capacity, the Laxmi Nagar School will have grades upto 10 and will impact a large set of students. Akanksha is working in collaboration with the Municipal Corporation, The School Project directly addresses formal education 1. To demonstrate that it is possible for children from low-income communities to achieve at high levels given an excellent education 2. To create a scalable school model within the government system that drives wider systemic reform in education