Agastya International Foundation
To spark curiosity, nurture creativity and instill confidence’ in economically disadvantaged children and government school teachers.
Work and Achievements
Through steady and consistent growth over a decade and a half, AGASTYA emerged as among the largest and most innovative NGO initiatives in the world engaged in sparking curiosity and creativity through hands-on science, art and ecology among disadvantaged children and school teachers.Agastya has impacted over 10 million children and 250,000 teachers and continues to reach out to over a million children each year, multiple times through its many outreach modes and programs. More than 201 plus mobile labs and 77 LOBs spread across over a dozen states in India and 75 science centers spread across 19 states in India.
AGASTYA’s uniqueness is its capacity to deliver high-quality, creativity-based basic education services to a large population through innovative channels. Its 172 – acre campus Creativity Lab an `idea factory’, develops and rolls out new learning ideas and methods. These are disseminated though a network of mobile labs, satellite science centers and science fairs. AGASTYA’s outreach programs reach large numbers of children and teachers directly through Mobile Labs, Science Fairs, Science Centers and Teacher Education workshops. The AGASTYA Mobile Lab, a powerful and innovative catalyst, attracts children by taking hands-on education to their doorstep. Young Instructor programs teach children to teach children. They help to raise self-belief, overcome parental barriers and embed learning in the community.
The Education World Forum, National Knowledge Commission, National Innovation Council and The Rockefeller Foundation have recognized AGASTYA’S work. In 2013, AGASTYA won the Google Global Impact for its TechLaBike. Impact studies conducted by third parties like the Best Practices Foundation and the MHRD, Government of India support and validate AGASTYA`S transformative impact on children and teachers.
Fund Utilisation Statement
The funds raised in the TCS World 10k will be utilized for operating Agatsya’s programs such as Mobile Science Labs, Science Centres, Lab-in-Box, Operation Vasanthas.