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

EkStep’s Mission

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

Sunbird

Sunbird is an open source, configurable, extendable, modular learning management infrastructure designed for scale and available under MIT license.
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Societal Platform

Societal Platform

Large-scale societal challenges call for a new way of thinking that enables rapid sustainable development. An approach that creates a shared infrastructure that lets every actor in the society participate in social innovation.
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People

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Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is the Co-Founder and Chairman of Infosys Technologies Ltd.
He was the Founding Chairman of the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI) in the rank of a Cabinet Minister from 2009- 2014. Most recently, Nandan has co-founded and is the Chairman of EkStep, a not-for- profit effort to create a learner centric, technology based platform to improve basic literacy and numeracy for millions of children.

Born in Bengaluru, Nilekani received his Bachelor’s degree from IIT, Bombay. Fortune Magazine conferred him with “Asia’s Businessman of the year 2003”. In 2005 he received the prestigious Joseph Schumpeter prize for innovative services in economy, economic sciences and politics.

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Rohini Nilekani

Rohini Nilekani is the Co-founder and Director of EkStep Foundation. Rohini has pursued passionately her interest in education by co-founding and supporting several initiatives in the field of education over the past 15 years. In 2004, she co-founded and funded Pratham Books, a non-profit children’s publisher, which aims to democratize the joy of reading with ‘a book in every child’s hands’.

In 2017, she was inducted as Foreign Honorary Member of the prestigious American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is on the Eminent Persons Advisory Group of the Competition Commission of India. Between 2010 and 2012, she was a member of the Audit Advisory Board of the Comptroller and Auditor General of India.

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Shankar Maruwada

Shankar Maruwada is the CEO and Co-founder of EkStep. Shankar is passionate about addressing social problems at scale through technology based tools. He is an entrepreneur and marketing professional with a wide range of experience working on large scale projects such as the AADHAAR, India’s national identification program, where he was the Head of Demand Generation and Marketing.

Shankar pioneered data analytics in India through, Marketics, a company he co-founded. He is an investor in startups and a mentor to entrepreneurs. He is an alumnus of Indian Institute of Management-Ahmedabad and Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur.

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