King Charles Leads Initiative On Education Of 4 Million Indian Kids
LONDON, (IANS) – The British Asian Trust, a charity founded by King Charles III, is leading an educational initiative that will impact the lives of up to four million children in India across five years.
The initiative LiftEd — Learning and Innovation in Foundational Literacy and Numeracy to Transform Education — aims to strengthen India’s education ecosystem and was launched on International Day of Education last week.
Targeting public school children across grades 1-3, LiftEd brings together a diverse mix of education experts to improve Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in India, raising up to $20 million from a consortium of 26 partners.
Notable names include Atlassian Foundation, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Reliance Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS Optimus Foundation, and USAID.
The initiative comes after the Indian government identified FLN as an ‘urgent and necessary prerequisite to learning’ and in 2021, launched the landmark NIPUN Bharat Mission to equip every child aged 4-10 with FLN skills by 2026-27.
The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007 by King Charles III when he was the Prince of Wales along with a group of British Asian business leaders, to tackle widespread poverty, inequality, and injustice in South Asia.