One Story Worth Sharing

As I announced earlier this summer how Pearson has performed over the first half of 2014, I also stopped to think about how we have measured up against our goal of helping more people have access to better education with an aim to improving their quality of life. It led me to thinking about the people outside of Pearson who dedicate each day of their professional lives to doing just that. While I could go on about our vision for education, I think what speaks loudest is sharing real progress that’s already been made or is currently underway in the fight for better access, and stronger outcomes. Is Pearson instrumental in this movement? Yes. But the people making the most commendable progress here are our partners. They are educators, administrators, technology experts and other professionals who deserve a great deal of respect for their tireless work to improve their students’ lives through learning. I always find their stories to be humbling. Because to be fair, who knows a student’s needs better than an educator? With each post in this series, I’ll share with you one new story that inspires me. Here’s my pick for today:

Sudiksha Knowledge Solutions (a winner of the Pearson Affordable Learning Fund incubation programme) recruits local women in poor, urban areas of Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad to run pre-school branches under an incentivised profit-sharing scheme. These women are typically educated and married, but have no real work experience, due to circumstance. In working as pre-school teachers under the watch of Sudiksha, they are able to train on the job – learning alongside their students – and run franchise locations that are conveniently near their homes. Sudiksha’s 92+ teachers have now made a real difference to more than 800 low-income families in India. For me, one of the most impressive things about this organisation is that it seems to understand what’s at the heart of any real, systemic educational change, and that’s the ability to scale good teaching and learning practices locally, regionally, or even nationally.

I’ll leave you with a quote from the parent of a Sudiksha student that, while stated simply, reminds me of the important mission of the educator.

“…My husband is a construction laborer…I run the family with whatever little income my husband receives. My husband is uneducated. I studied until class six in a government school and then had to drop out. I do not want my son to remain an illiterate and that’s the main reason why I’m educating him. I like this school very much; the teachers are very loving, cordial and caring. They look after my son very well. He is learning new things every day, and he loves his school.” – M. Anitha

(This post was originally published on blog.pearson.com.)