India has 164.4 million children (0-6 year) as per Census 2011, and the need for quality childhood care and education is immense. While a lot of innovative work is happening in the Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) sector in India, it is being done in silos. Hence, the outcomes generated are dispersed and diffused, lacking a maximum impact. There is an immediate need to take stock of the situation and bring together forces, that will work to create synergies for solving the problem.
- Examine the Early Childhood Education provision landscape in India;
- Highlight best systemic practices and approaches for all stakeholders;
- Explore opportunities for collaboration across platforms driven by DHFL Changing Lives Foundation and CSF.
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AVP and Head- CSR Operations, DHFL Ltd.
Siddhi has been instrumental in conceptualising, designing and implementing DHFL CSR programmes, including Early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE) for children between the age group of 0 – 6 in villages in India, skill development to youth from the marginalised communities, economic empowerment through financial literacy and inclusive growth for vulnerable sections and rural development in India.
Senior Program Manager, Central Square Foundation
Krishnan is a Senior Programme Manager at Central Square Foundation (CSF), and manages their programmes and investments in the area of Early Childhood Education and School to Work Transition, among others. He has around 8 years of experience across the corporate and the development sector, including a 2-year stint as a teacher in a government primary school as part of the Teach for India fellowship.