Achieving Large Scale Systemic Transformation in the Public School System

Event Details
  • September 14th, Thursday, 3:00pm - 4:45pm
Aditya Natraj

Aditya Natraj

Founder and Director Kaivalya Education Foundation (KEF)

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Session Description

Quality of learning of 180 million+ children in India’s 1.5 million+ schools has hardly moved in the last 10 years (ASER, NAS) despite concerted efforts by several well-meaning governments and NGOs.  More money, more training, more monitoring, better textbooks, more assessment, and more technology – nothing seems to have moved the needle.  A new approach that looks at the systemic reasons for failure in education delivery is required.

Large scale systemic transformation of public education systems is possible.  Several organisations have been working in this space with a variety of different approaches using a combination of different elements including (a) aligning the political and administrative machinery to a comprehensive 3-4 year transformation roadmap (b) setting up technology and data systems to help decisions makers make better decisions (c) improving the leadership capabilities at state, district, block, cluster and school level to be able to manage the change process etc.

This session will discuss recent innovative approaches to large scale systemic transformations of public school systems in multiple states in India.

Key Takeaways:

  1. What is ‘systemic transformation’?  How is it a different approach from scaling up existing programmes that work?
  2. Why is systemic transformation important in large scale systems like India?  What are the challenges in implementing such transformation?
  3. What has been the impact so far of such transformation efforts?  How good is the return on money invested versus other efforts?
  4. What different approaches / elements exist in systemic transformation?  How do they combine to cause large scale sustainable change?


  • Anjlee Prakash

    Anjlee Prakash

    Chairperson Learning Links Foundation

  • Gaurav Gupta

    Gaurav Gupta

    Regional Director for Asia Dalberg Global Development Advisors

  • Maina Sahi

    Maina Sahi

    Project Leader, Social Impact and Public Sector Practice - India The Boston Consulting Group

  • Kashyap Shah

    Kashyap Shah

    Program Manager Michael and Susan Dell Foundation

AVPN India Summit 2017 Highlights

  • Summit Attendees 258
  • Speakers 58
  • Deal Share Live Participants 9
  • Education Report Launched 1