The ABCs of Affordable EdTech in India

August 7, 2014

India’s K-12 education system supports over 250M students and is desperately in need of change.  While an increasing number of private institutions and startups are stepping in to fill the void, relatively few are focused on the area with greatest potential impact, low-cost private education solutions for the masses.  Two education sub-sectors with significant potential to make a difference are Affordable Private Schools (APS) and education technology (EdTech). More…


Zaya Learning Labs wins DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia

Jun 06, 2014
Innovative business models to improve education and healthcare for the underprivileged; a creative multi-functional clothing design to make lives easier for disaster survivors; a crowdfunding platform for social ventures; and a scalable plan to boost tourism revenues for local communities. These are among the 400-plus innovative social venture ideas that were submitted to the inaugural DBS-NUS Social Venture Challenge Asia by social entrepreneurs from across Asia, with the aim of making social impact in their respective communities and beyond. More…


How technology is set to transform India’s fragmented education system

May 07, 2014
India has no strategy for technology in the classroom, but entrepreneurs and nonprofits are braving the odds in the sector In 2012, engineer Raghav Gajula moved to an east Delhi slum to work as a teacher at a private school for low-income families. Most of his students’ parents are labourers in local factories but have paid 300 Indian rupees a month, about £3, for their kids to attend a school with busy staff and no computer resources. More…


Zaya: Bringing World Class Education to Every Neighborhood

Nov 29, 2013
Education in most underdeveloped and developing countries like India, Indonesia, Mongolia is generally not associated with innovation. It is mostly imparted in traditional ways and is plagued by student and teacher absence, lack of teacher training and professional development, large class sizes, lack of basic resources and language illiteracy. A large number of children of these countries don’t even have access to education, even though primary education is a declared fundamental right. Several of them drop out just after receiving primary education and half of the world’s illiterate population is a part of such underdeveloped or developing countries. More…


Building Edtech in India: Go Slow or Go Home

Nov 15, 2013
Talk about a true case of the little guy cleaning up the big guy’s mess.

For the past two years, Zaya co-founder and CEO Neil D’Souza has triumphed over astonishing odds in his mission to deliver digital educational resources to developing regions. He’s piped digital books to nomadic herders in remote Mongolia and Khan Academy videos to orphanages in Indonesia. More..


Zaya Learning Labs: A education revolution happening on the ‘cloud’ starring kids from Dharavi

Nov 14, 2013
“Hi Di Di, Hi Sir,” echoes a stream of bright faced, bare feet, immaculately dressed kids as they race upstairs to get to class. These kids, mostly from Dharavi, Mumbai and Asia’s largest slum, are the unlikely face of an education revolution. They attend a Zaya Learning Lab, one of seven recently opened in Mumbai.More..


Potential of online education

Mar 21, 2013
Neil D’Souza of Zaya Labs shares ideas on what it takes to make online education work.

Social Entrepreneur Says ‘We Don’t Need Facebook for Dogs’

Jan 01, 2013
Nothing summarized the Intersection Event better than Kushal Chakrabarti’s comment halfway through the day. Lobbying for the audience award of $5,000 for his social enterprise Vittana, he said, “We don’t need Facebook for dogs. Do something that matters.” More..


Recycling Technology For Education: Neil D’Souza at TEDxAmsterdamEDt

Sep 28, 2012
Neil brings his talk all the way from San Francisco, where he is based. He’ll tell the story of how he ‘stumbled’ upon the need to recycle old internet technology in order to create educational systems. Neil will also share his deep passion for improving education worldwide, and explain why it is critical that we all care about education in underprivileged countries.