Access to learning opportunities
for every child

The lack of access to learning opportunities is a complex and multidimensional problem. It impacts the lives of millions of children on a daily basis. In response, Nandan Nilekani, Rohini Nilekani and Shankar Maruwada co-founded EkStep Foundation to address the challenge at scale - leading to Mission EkStep and the creation of Sunbird as open digital infrastructure, and the curation of Societal Platform thinking.

EKSTEP INITATIVES


EkStep’s mission is to improve literacy and numeracy by enhancing access to learning opportunities for 200 million children in India.
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Sunbird is an open-source, configurable, extendable, modular, digital infrastructure for learning designed for scale and available under MIT license.
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Large-scale societal challenges call for a new way of thinking that enables rapid sustainable development.
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People

Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani

Nanda Nilekani is the Co-Founder and Chairperson of EkStep Foundation. He is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Limited. He was the Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister from 2009- 2014. Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. 

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani is the Co-Founder and Director of EkStep Foundation. She is the Chairperson of Rohini Nilekani Philanthropies. She is also the Founder of Arghyam, a foundation she set up for sustainable water and sanitation, which funds initiatives all across India. From 2004 to 2014, she was Founder-Chairperson and chief funder of Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher that reached millions of children during her tenure. She sits on the Board of Trustees of ATREE.

Shankar Maruwada

Shankar Maruwada

Shankar Maruwada is the Co-Founder and CEO of EkStep Foundation. He has more than 25 years of experience across corporate, entrepreneurial, nonprofit and government sectors. This allows him to bring the best of thinking from different lenses, which he has used in shaping EkStep’s mission and it's strategic choices of achieving population scale impact for learning, using technology. He is deeply passionate about data, research and leveraging technology for large scale transformation in society.

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