Hippocampus Learning Centres
Improving learning outcomes for children in rural India
PISA studies indicate that India is 2nd from bottom in the world in learning achievement. This problem is magnified in rural India with only 60% of children completing high school and just 20% more going on to graduation. With 70% of India staying in the villages and 25% of them going to school, this is a challenge facing nearly 175 million children.
HLC establishes Kindergarten and after school support centres. These centres are established in the village and operated by women from the community. The children pay an affordable fee to cover the costs of operations thereby leading to a sustainable enterprise.
Over the next 3-5 years, HLC hopes to reach out to more than 3,000 villages, employing 12,000 teachers and reaching out more than 300,000 children annually. HLC hopes to be able to bridge the gap in learning between rural India and urban India significantly.
About Hippocampus Learning Centres
HLC believes that one of the sure shot ways out of poverty is education. HLC’s work focuses exclusively on the 700 million rural Indians with the aim of improving the learning of children. HLC establishes learning centres in villages offering preschool and after school programs to age groups from 3 years to 10 years with the aim of improving a child’s capacity to learn and do better in school. The fees at these centres are between Rs.60-Rs.100 (USD$1-$2) per month, which is affordable for poor families. The curriculum is centrally developed to cater to mixed age groups and is largely teacher facilitated. HLC hires woman from the local community as teachers, trains them to run the centres and provides them ongoing support. HLC intends to make these ongoing sustainable community enterprises and also achieve financial sustainability as an organization. HLC is based in Bangalore, India.