Education Non-profit Pioneering Charter School Movement in India Invited to Participate in the Clinton Global Initiative Conference in NYC

Sep 21, 2011, 09:00 ET from Akanksha Foundation

NEW YORK, Sept. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Akanksha Foundation, recognized as 'NGO of the Year' for 2010 by The Resource Alliance and The Rockefeller Foundation, has now been invited to attend its first-ever Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) conference, scheduled for Sept. 20 to 22 in New York City.

Akanksha Foundation is a Mumbai-based not-for-profit organization providing a high-quality education to children from low-income communities in urban India, enabling them to maximize their potential and transform their lives. Akanksha serves approximately 4,000 children, and growing, through its after school centers and schools in Mumbai and Pune each year. Twenty years ago, Akanksha centers were formed with the vision to supplement serious gaps in the formal school system and the intent to make learning fun. Having seen success with its model for the centers, The Akanksha Foundation and its partners now run nine full-time schools in Mumbai and Pune and expect to have fifteen operational by 2015 through its School Project initiative, in addition to its centers.

"By ensuring the model is delivering the highest quality education to the poor while being scalable and replicable, these schools have the potential to serve as catalysts for education reform across the country," says CEO Vandana Goyal. "Using evidence from the schools, the extensive training process, and the public-private partnership model to advocate for policy changes, Akanksha is pioneering the charter school system in India, one child at a time."

About the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI):  Established in 2005 by President Bill Clinton, the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) convenes global leaders to devise and implement innovative solutions to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Since 2005, CGI Annual Meetings have brought together nearly 150 current and former heads of state, 18 Nobel Prize laureates, hundreds of leading CEOs, heads of foundations, major philanthropists, directors of the most effective nongovernmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made nearly 2,000 commitments, which have already improved the lives of 300 million people in more than 180 countries. When fully funded and implemented, these commitments will be valued in excess of $63 billion. The 2011 Annual Meeting will take place Sept. 20-22 in New York City. This year, CGI also convened CGI America, a meeting focused on developing ideas for driving economic growth in the United States. The CGI community also includes CGI U, which hosts an annual meeting for undergraduate and graduate students, and CGI Lead, which engages a select group of young CGI members for leadership development and collective commitment-making. For more information, visit


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