Who we are

MISSION

To address and resolve a chronic legacy problem that limits higher education & employment possibilities for millions of Indian kids studying in regional language schools – ENGLISH ILLITERACY.

We aim to do this by developing effective tools for teachers from regional language backgrounds thereby enabling them to teach English to kids from their respective communities.

WHAT DRIVES US

What drives us is the possibility of completely solving the English learning problem that has for many years limited the access to professional education for millions of students studying in regional language schools.

While the massive demand for English education is leading to opening of more and more private English schools, it is also leading to the closure of government-run free regional language schools. The driving factor for the poor (to send their children) has been their need to know English, more than getting a better education.

Government schools may be failing us when it comes to English but the teachers are definitely qualified and trained. By allowing a rapid withdrawal from free government schools to private schools, driven only by the desire to know English, are we heading towards a future where kids may become English proficient with limited knowledge of other subjects?

We believe that government-run free regional language schools are most critical to achieving effective universal education and therefore, they should exist. We believe we have created the tools that can enable these regional schools to deliver English learning as effective as any other school.

Thus, you can say that our primary motivation is “Equal Access to Opportunities.”

BACKGROUND

LeapForWord was started in 2006 by a group of management graduates who had entered the corporate world to fulfill their Dreams, only to realize that there is a larger world out there which probably doesn’t even know much about the word ‘DREAM’.

Knowing that an immediate positive change could result only through the maximum leverage of our limited resources, it was decided to concentrate on that single area which when addressed would yield maximum results with minimum effort.

Considering that in today’s economy, proficiency in English and computers has become the differentiator between the educated haves & have-nots, the team decided to dedicate its energy towards the enhancement of English language skills among the under-served.

The genesis of our name ‘LeapForWord’ can thus be traced to this single-minded resolve.

2015-2016

  • Team starts building, added 7 people
  • Comprehension demonstrated independently
  • Word Power Championship goes beyond Shirpur

2014-2015

  • Standardisation of kids program
  • Rollout of the youth program

2013-2014

  • Content framework for all learning levels
  • Word Power Championship starts
  • Youth program gets developed

2011-2013

  • Teacher Entreprenur
  • Mobile phone-based delivery
  • Translation algorithm
  • Developed products like Youth Certification

2010-2011

  • Efforts get a leg-up with institutional funding
  • Edelgive Foundation, our first institutional supporter

2009-2010

  • LFW gets registered
  • Early team quit corporate jobs to focus on LFW
  • First full-scale inside-the-system intervention with BMC

2008-2009

  • Permission to work in a Govt. school
  • English for kids with 1 class in a semi-English school

2007-2008

  • Foray into the rural area
  • Introduction to Shirpur

2006

  • The Beginning
  • St. Xavier’s Evening College
TEAM

Pranil Naik

Heart and Soul

Pranil, an Ashoka Fellow, breathes, eats and drinks LFW.

Ameya Ambulkar

The Go-to Guy

Marketing…

Kora Prasad Swain

The Utility Guy

Our Man Friday

Roopali Mohite

The Maval Office Gal…

Interfacing with schools, teachers and authorities

Sophiya Anthony

The Multi-tasking Operations Belle

NGO operations, Process and more…

Martin Joseph

Our Affable Field Guy

Handles Shirpur, Maval & Nashik operations

Paresh Shah

Training, NGOs, Technology

Training and NGOs

Akshatha

The Pune Office Admin

Centre Manager

Akib Shaikh

The Nashik Guy

Our Nashik In-charge

Shruti Palve

The Content, App, Training Gal

Digital, Training

Ayush Jain

The Digital, Tech-savvy guy

App, Videos

Prashant Bhoi

The Maval Team guy

Ritu Maurya

The digital layout gal

Digital images, layouting

Sarath Kumar

The Maval Team guy

Assessments

Swapnil Aajgekar

Multi-utility guy

The youngest eager beaver of the team

RECOGNITION

GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable online information repository with 8300 NGOs. We have been awarded the prestigious GuideStar India Advanced level- Gold certification for 2018 and have joined India’s largest pool of credible NGOs after undergoing a rigorous due diligence process. GuideStar India’s Gold Certification is the Advanced Level certification indicating that high level of accountability and good governance procedures are adopted by the organisation. It shares in the public domain, its tax returns filed within due date, audited annual accounts and auditor’s report submitted to tax authorities for two years and that there are no material qualifications in its audited accounts. To view our profile at GuideStar India, please visit: https://guidestarindia.org/Summary.aspx?CCReg=10034

GUIDESTAR INDIA’S GOLD CERTIFICATION IS THE ADVANCED LEVEL CERTIFICATION INDICATING THAT HIGH LEVEL OF ACCOUNTABILITY AND GOOD GOVERNANCE PROCEDURES ARE ADOPTED BY THE ORGANISATION. Pranil Naik, was one of the 17 social innovators in the country to be invited by the Hon’ble President of India, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee on February 12th, 2016.

PRANIL NAIK, ONE OF THE 17 SOCIAL INNOVATORS INVITED TO MEET THE HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, DR. PRANAB MUKHERJEE.

PRANIL NAIK, ONE OF THE 17 SOCIAL INNOVATORS INVITED TO MEET THE HON’BLE PRESIDENT OF INDIA, DR. PRANAB MUKHERJEE.

  • Pranil Naik, Founder of LeapForWord was elected as a Ashoka Fellow in November, 2014. (Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who offer innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.)
  • LeapForWord won the 2014 Growth Challenge organized by UnLtd India. (This is a support for ready-to-scale efforts. It is a joint initiative between UnLtd India, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and the Marshall Foundation.)