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India is changing. Every year the country witnesses significant economic growth and increased participation in the global economy. More wealth. More jobs. Greater access to a better quality of life. But who is all of this progress really benefiting? While the IT boom, economic development, and globalization have created more opportunities, the bulk of these have been reserved for graduates of urban India's elite private schools. Meanwhile, young students in rural areas are being left behind.
So we need your help. Since 2004, the Nanubhai Education Foundation has been helping vulnerable students of rural India attain skills so they too can experience the vast economic opportunities India offers. We hope you will join us in helping advance education in under-funded public schools in rural India through validated English language, IT, and Capacity Building Programs. With your support, India's changes won't just take place at a national level; they will start in each classroom, spreading from motivated individuals, to families, to entire communities.
The Nanubhai Education Foundation (NEF) was founded by Raj Shah in 2004 in honor of Nanubhai Nayik, the principal of Kadod High School in Gujarat, India from 1963-1984. Nanubhai transformed a small rural educational system into one which gave students tremendous opportunities. Due to his outstanding leadership and revolutionary approach to education, Nanubhai paved the way for over 500 students in rural Gujarat to obtain graduate education. Many of these students have migrated to the United States and the UK where they have enjoyed further professional opportunities. Raj's father was one of the students inspired by Nanubhai, and he settled in the United States as a practicing physician. During family trips to India, Raj was struck by the poverty in Kadod â€" the very village which gave his father the education to migrate to the United Sates. To make a sustainable difference through education, Raj created the NEF to help Kadod High School continue empowering and opening doors for rural students in today's global economy.
Over the years, the successes of the Nanubhai Education Foundation have exceeded Raj's original expectations. The NEF team has created a cost-effective model for significantly improving rural government schools. We believe this validated model could be beneficial to schools throughout India. We have seen dramatic improvements in test scores and graduation rates after implementing our teaching programs and providing books and computers. With the generous contributions of our supporters, we will be able to apply our model to improve the education of students across India.