Anandshala

Stay. Engage. Learn. 

The Anandshala program helps make schools joyful learning spaces by enabling students and teachers to think and express themselves freely.

About

Our Program

Anandshala enhances language abilities and ownership for schooling by building stronger relationships between students, teachers and parents.

It uses data as a critical tool to create a more responsive education system and drives advocacy. It has resulted in higher attendance, deeper engagement, learning for life, more trust and stronger relationships between the government, its schools and the community.

Our Goals

Since 2012 Anandshala has focused on improving the way that government policies, which deliver quality education, are implemented in Indian schools. The program is a result of learning from a 3-year pilot project, which has been scaled to a district-wide strategy and implemented across 996 schools.

  • Students attend school regularly, engage more fully in school-related activities and improve their language and communication skills.
  • Teachers become Change Leaders, armed with the knowledge, skills and attitudes to foster a student-friendly environment and bring in positive teacher-student relationships in schools.
  • There is a more responsive system at the school and district level that supports all educationists to perform their roles and responsibilities effectively.

Our Strategy

Anandshala works with the school system to ensure that every child stays, engages and learns in school.

It provides teachers with tools and strategies to objectively understand students, creates a learning environment conducive to creative thought and free expression, and encourages stronger relationships between the parent, teacher and child.

  • Develop Change Leaders: Master trainers created at the Government level ensure the dissemination of the Anandshala approach at the school level. Teachers use this knowledge, skill and attitude to ensure a student-friendly environment and positive relationships in schools.
  • Share Good Practices: A platform for teachers and schools to share good practices, get recognized through awards, and encourage wide-scale adoption of those good practices.
  • Harness Technology: With the effective use of data, teachers understand and support learners and each other comprehensively. Technology is used extensively to support Change Leaders by building capacity.
  • Build a Responsive System: Advocacy works towards an integrated education system connecting different stakeholders from the school level to the district level, built around the idea of joyful learning environments.

In building relationships between teachers and students, we understand that a teacher can motivate students with curiosity, imagination and a desire to learn.

In this video, we take a look at a group of students who share their thoughts on who their favourite teacher is – and why.

It serves as starting point for teachers to begin a dialogue on building relationships with students based on equality, and why this is a crucial aspect of being an educator. 

Our Approach

Anandshala’s approach to creating joyful learning spaces includes:

  • An Early Warning System that uses school level data to help teachers get to know students, build relationships and track progress of those who are not attending, engaging and learning in school.
  • An Enrichment Program that uses innovative strategies, activities and tools like movement, the arts and stories to encourage students to develop language skills, think and express freely and actively interact with the community.
  • Parent Engagement through activities and games that build awareness and involvement with the school and their child’s education.

Impact

  • 400,000 Children Reached
  • 40 Change Leaders
  • 1,432 Anandshala Ambassadors
  • 996 Schools
  • 9% Improved Attendance

Partnership

Partner with Us

Quest Alliance brings over a decade of experience in designing toolkits and training programs to enable joyful learning in schools in India and beyond.

For Funding

If you want to support large-scale education programs with quality learning outcomes, these are just some of the benefits of collaborating with us:

Transparency

  • End-to-end project management and support by our experienced team of professionals
  • Data-driven reporting and analytics dashboards to view impact and project outcomes

Expertise

  • Experiential knowledge in technology, design, media and content to formulate unique offerings for joyful learning in partnership with you
  • Adding sustainability, scale and stability by working closely with the Government system

Leverage

  • Cross-donor leverage across different Quest funding partners

For Outreach

If you are an NGO working with schools or State education functionaries and you want to enhance student engagement, find enrichment activities and parent-engagement strategies, we share:

Knowledge and Skills

  • Best practices of a more responsive system especially via education functionaries
  • Methods to improve systems of students’ data management at the school level

Tools

  • Access to ready-to-use toolkits and training support to integrate different aspects of the program
  • Tools for capacity-building and the ongoing support of teachers and education functionaries as Change Leaders

“Anandshala is leading the district towards quality education for all our children.”


Read their stories


Ajay Jha
Program Officer, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, BEPC

“Children who used to run away from classes now come to school on time and stay.”


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Mohammed Naseemuddin
Community Leader

“My son was bored of studying. But because of Anandshala, he wants to study hard to become someone.”


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Mamta Kumari
Parent

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