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August 13th, 2021

About the Report

As the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic hit us early this year and we knew it would mean loss of another academic year for our students, we at Central Square Foundation (CSF) realized the need for a holistic solution to the education challenges that were getting exacerbated by the pandemic. We knew merely reopening schools, which continued to be uncertain & unpredictable, would no longer be the adequate solution for years of forgotten and missed learning. Our teams spent time studying educational responses to Covid across the globe, engaging in discussions with partner organizations in the ecosystem as well as conducting telephonic surveys with teachers and academic mentors in different states to deepen our understanding of the challenges and take suggestions for potential solutions. This report is a result of all these initiatives that culminated in two partner forums organized by CSF with fifteen leading organizations working in education across the country. The forum was a platform for partners to share their learnings from last year and align on a way forward as a collective. We are very grateful to all of the following partners for their contribution to this report:
Akshara Foundation, Boston Consulting Group, Educate Girls, Leadership for Equity, Language and Learning Foundation, Madhi Foundation, Pratham, Peepul, Room to Read, Rocket Learning, Saarthi, Samagra, Sampark Foundation, The Education Alliance and Vikramshila.

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