Binayak Acharya

  • Founder, ThinkZone
  • India

Impact area: Education; Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4

Binayak Acharya founded ThinkZone in 2015. The organization works to improve educational outcomes of children from under-resourced communities by using accessible technology to provide free, interactive learning content to educators and parents for adopting activity-based teaching methodology.

“Education is the foundation of a healthy and growth-oriented society. Along with the obvious health risks, the pandemic has also led to substantial loss of schooling. This project will help us in deploying low-tech solutions to provide quality education to children from low-income communities and to also build effective parent-children engagement. It will also empower parents to continue engaging and teaching their children at home during the lockdown.”

The Global Youth Resilience fund will help Binayak and his team achieve these goals in the following ways:

  • Improve the foundational skills of 2000 children who show learning gains during and post-pandemic when regular academic sessions have been disrupted.
  • Up-skill 50 young women in community engagement & learning activities and provide them with part-time income-generating opportunities as community educators.
  • Improve 2000 parents’ (mothers’) interest in their child’s education, as measured in terms of increased call completion, doing learning activities at home, and providing feedback regarding the program.
  • Add to the existing literature surrounding low-cost low-tech parent engagement tools, and advance the discussion in this domain.

Take a moment to learn more about ThinkZone here.