The second-most populous country in the world. One of incredible diversity yet stark inequality. It is here in India where the Plus Education story proudly began.
The Plus pods
In 2013, Plus Education established its first “pod” in a small rural village on the outskirts of Bangalore. By the time the program wrapped up in 2019, we had founded more than 50 pods across India. These community-based after-school learning centres improved the learning outcomes of children in underserved villages where education quality was low. It is here within these pods we first trialled and validated our flagship Plus English program.
The Shine Centre
Since 2019, we have partnered with registered Australian charity, theAscent Foundation, to provide English literacy and digital skills education for children enrolled in the Shine Centre- a free education centre in the heart of Bangalore city. Each year, the program serves around 100 children from very low income households.
In 2010, Plus Education together with our project partner, The Lovedale Foundation, officially opened The Banyan community school. The school, which took five years to develop, provides free education, food and resources to extremely disadvantaged children from the local villages and nearby granite quarry of Bangalore.
Prior to the pandemic, Plus Education partnered with a number of small education institutions and NGOs across southern India on projects designed to improve the English literacy and digital skills of local children. Partners included Whitefield Ready, ReachNTeach, and the DK’s Learning Centre for children with learning disabilities and autism.
In 2011, Plus Education developed a one-month internship program based in India. It saw young Australians working collaboratively with local villagers to develop sustainable solutions to community needs. By the time the program wrapped up in 2018, the program had become the leading provider of practical social enterprise training in Australia.
It all started with a trip to India…
In 2005, Clary Castrission and Karyn Avery, two uni students from Sydney, took a holiday to India that would change their lives forever. Upon witnessing firsthand the devastating impact of extreme poverty affecting so many children, Clary and Karyn’s life took a complete departure from the career trajectories they were on.
Clary and Karyn believed that education would transform the lives of these children, opening up opportunities to change and shape their own futures…
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About Plus Education
Plus Education is the group operating name of registered Australian charity, The 40K Foundation Australia Ltd, and its subsidiary organisations, 40K Plus Education in India and Cambodia.
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Plus Education marks 10 years
This month, Plus Education officially turns 10! To commemorate the milestone and the start of our registered organisational status ten years ago in India, our CEO Swetha Prakash has penned a few words reflecting on our journey and achievements over the years.