Akshara Foundation (www.akshara.org.in) was set up with a mission to ensure Every Child in School and Learning Well. Our work at Akshara Foundation is to universalize equitable access to quality pre-school and elementary education for all children through multiple innovative models – these models are developed by people who have different professional backgrounds but one commonality – a high level of social empathy and a clear belief that we now have the unique opportunity to bridge the gaps.
Since inception in March 2000, Akshara has worked in the areas of preschool education and in improving learning proficiencies of children in reading in the medium of instruction (Kannada and Urdu), in math and in English. Akshara has also conceived and incubated the path-breaking Karnataka Learning Partnership framework (www.klp.org.in).
Akshara has opportunities open for individuals with passion to improve early education in Karnataka and showcase this as a possible model for the country. Currently, we have positions open for :
Head – School Programmes which currently includes support programmes in primary schools for Math and English ; a Library Programme including a pilot Robotics Lab set up with grant support from the Lego Foundation in Denmark. For more details on these programmes please visit :
The successful candidate will have at least a Master’s degree in Education or Social Development ( a Ph.D. is highly desirable) and a strong passion to improve children’s learning outcomes through an approach of development of human capital.He / she will have strong people skills since the role envisages managing of in-house resource teams , teachers and government education department officials, interacting with communities and running a data-based advocacy effort across various stakeholders. Knowledge of Kannada is essential and the successful candidate will have at least ten years overall experience including some years in independently managing and implementing a programme. While the position is based in Bangalore, there will be a fair amount of travel especially to parts of North Karnataka and to schools in the Bangalore Rural District.
Manager – Robotics Lab.
This is a new pilot initiative and Akshara is setting up a robotics lab to encourage children in government primary schools to engage with concepts in science. The Lab Manager will have a science background and will be familiar with rudimentary concepts in math and science to be able to guide children and support primary school teachers. Knowledge of Kannada is essential and no prior experience is required. The position is based in Bangalore and there will be occasional travel to promote a scientific culture among children.
Interested candidates should apply by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org with a resume and a short one-page note on how they think they could make a difference to Every Child in School and Learning Well. Last date for receipt of applications is 31 August 2013