Rajasthan is the largest state in India, accounting for 10 per cent of India's geographical area. Widely dispersed habitations, particularly in desert and tribal areas, make delivery of services, including education, difficult in the state. Traditionally, the state has been ranked poorly on development indicators. There are differences in attainment of development indicators with low literacy rates and adverse sex ratios in some districts of western Rajasthan like Barmer, and low female literacy rate and high infant mortality rate in eastern Rajasthan. The state human development index in 2017 was 0.621 which is lower than the national average of 0.639 as per Global Data Lab and ranked 29 among the states and UTs.
We began in 2005 in Rajasthan. We began with various programmes to improve educational quality: the Computer Aided Learning Programme, Learning Guarantee Programme, Education Leadership Development Programme, and so on. Around 2012, we moved from a ‘programme mode’ to an ‘institutional mode’, building professional capacities of key stakeholders through multiple modes of engagement via workshops, voluntary teacher forums, exposure visits, seminars, etc.
We are currently present in eleven districts of Rajasthan, namely, Barmer, Tonk, Rajsamand, Sirohi, Banswara, Chittaurgarh, Dungarpur, Jaipur, Jalor, Pali, and Pratapgarh.