Deshpande Skilling


A unique approach to improve student learning outcomes.


Launched in 2018, EarlySpark is an endeavor to build capacity among primary school educators in rural India by adopting innovative teaching methods and training them in classroom management, child behavior and learning processes for children in Grades 1-3. It also monitors student learning outcomes through assessments.

Our program is aligned with the National Education Policy (NEP) 2020 and the recently launched NIPUN Bharat Mission by the Government of India. Furthermore, to scientifically evaluate the impact of the program, it is deploying the rigorous and world-renowned Randomised Controlled Trial (RCT) methodology; guided by Prof. Prashant Loyolka, Stanford University, USA.


The program has started to strengthen the education eco-system in rural areas by training teachers and engaging communities to contribute meaningfully to their children's education at an early age. Our training hours were increased from 80 to 100, to boost the rapport between the school teachers and our EarlySpark instructors, which led to a better impact.

190 government NaliKali teachers trained
190 government NaliKali teachers trained
7000+ early grade students
7000+ early grade students
50 team strength
50 team strength
110 government schools engaged
110 government schools engaged

Unique Offerings

  • 100 hours of structured capacity-building for government teachers
  • Workshops & demonstration-based training inside the classrooms
  • Research-based program with impact evaluation through Randomised Controlled Trials (RCTs)
  • Teacher Learning Materials (TLMs) and student curriculum are in alignment with the NIPUN Bharat Mission of the Government of India
  • Enabling teachers to learn and teach English simultaneously

Focus Area

  • Students (Grades 1-3): Cognitive, Numeracy, Literacy (English) & Socio-emotional skills
  • Teachers: Managing classroom and student behavior, adopting best teaching practices

Igniting classroom transformation.

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