Quest Alliance Annual Report 2019-20
In October, the sudden passing of our esteemed colleague, Abhijeet Mehta, has left this organization, and the larger Quest Alliance family, bereft.
Abhijeet's genius, diligence, courage and leadership were overshadowed only by his exceptional compassion and long term commitment to our community. He leaves behind a thriving organization that only he could have built, and his spirit and values will forever be the heart of Quest Alliance.
The world has been at the edge for the last 9 months, as we unlearn and relearn new ways of being. One of the biggest realizations I have had is to accept that impermanence is part of our lives. We cannot take for granted the gifts that we have today. Instead, we need to be grateful that we have them in the present moment.
The passing away of Abhijeet, our Chief Operating Officer, in October 2020 has been a rude shock, reminding us of the fragility of life and that we should appreciate ourselves and others around us a lot more for the value we bring to this world. In his passing, he has left us with an elevated sense of awareness about the importance of living our values of compassion, courage, collaboration and continuous learning.
It has taken a lot of energy from the team to stay calm and demonstrate agility where we are questioning assumptions, challenging the status quo and facing frequent frustrations because of the constant recalibration we have had to do. Our people and communities have shown us the way and demonstrated that there are multiple routes to resilience. We have tried to change the pace, take time to heal and recalibrate our rhythm.
This has been possible because over the last few years we have balanced scaling our work with keeping our soul and spirit alive and at the centre of the organizational growth process. We have invested in building a culture of open dialogue, holding creative tension, and empathizing with diverse perspectives as a way to evolve and be ready for change. This year we have been able to collaborate with 14 different state governments, over 25 funders and 38 civil society organizations developing 21st-century skills of over 650,000 self-learners.
These times have reinforced our core belief in the relevance of self-learning as a critical mindset and skill to survive and thrive in the 21st century. We are confident that the foundation that has been laid in the past years will enable us to continue to make an impact at scale while putting our people first and ensuring that our values are lived and experienced by all our stakeholders. I would like to thank all our partners and employees for having the trust in us through these difficult times and co-creating solutions to cope with the crisis.
CEO, Quest Alliance
2020: A Year at a Glance
Quest’s learner-focused programs are designed to foster and build 21st-century skills among young people by bridging key gaps in the School-to-Work continuum.
Rooted in the practice of Self-Learning and powered by ed-tech, capacity-building, partner collaborations and advocacy, our aim is to create impact that changes lives.
14 state government partnerships and 1 central government partnership
Partnership with National Instructional Media Institute (NIMI) to create content for ITI student workbooks and a facilitator manual
Future Right Skills Network partnership with Directorate General of Training (DGT) of the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship (MSDE)
Partnerships with Karnataka state DET, Kerala state ITD and Delhi DTTE for implementation
Quest has always held employee wellbeing in high regard. In 2019-2020, we focused on efficiently responding to the needs of the workforce, creating access to counselling support, building a safe and inclusive workplace for women, and the holistic development of individuals.
Another important highlight was the rollout of a structured and continuous Learning & Development plan for all employees, taking their goals and aspirations into consideration, with 90% active participation so far. We also introduced an integrated People Management system and a Finance Management system to better support the team.
172 Team Members
60% women in senior leadership roles
53:47 Male-female ratio
Quest was part of AVPN's inaugural 2020 Constellations Laureates
Aakash Sethi was a finalist for the 2019 Social Entrepreneur of the Year India Award by Schwab Foundation and Jubilant Bhartia Foundation
Aakash Sethi, CEO Quest Alliance, elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2019
Quest Alliance was honoured with a Certificate of Appreciation by Vijay Rupani, Chief Minister of Gujarat