About Us

Pehlay Akshar Foundation was started in 2008 with the core belief that every student has the right to an excellent education and gain the skills needed to be future-ready.

We work with the philosophy of creating “safe spaces” for all – in classrooms for students, in the staffroom for teachers, and in the boardroom for our team – and believe in the power of collaboration and agility in responding to the needs of those that we serve.

To create these safe spaces for students and teachers across India, we partner with State Governments to implement programs that change the way students learn, and teachers teach in schools.

Our Approach


Changing the way students learn in classrooms

We work directly in Government schools and with students to create the right learning environment and to teach Functional English. Our approach incorporates diverse learning philosophies, promotes creative thinking and socio-emotional skills, aligned with the National Education Policy 2020.

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Changing the way teachers teach and grow

We train Government school teachers, and equip them with skills, knowledge and tools to enable them to create the right learning environment in their classrooms. Our training programs, based on the 3 principals of appreciation, motivation and engagement are applicable across subjects, and place emphasis on peer learning.

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Our Programs

In Class Teaching

A 6-year teaching program in partnership with Government Schools to teach English and create safe learning spaces in classrooms across India.

Magic Classroom on Television

In partnership with SCERT Maharashtra, our ‘English’ classroom is televised across Maharashtra on DD Sahyadri. These video-based classrooms are based on our unique teaching approach and are aligned with the state’s Bal Bharti textbooks.

A Story A Day

A bank of simple, fun and engaging English stories in video format, for children between the ages of 5-13 years. These stories are recorded by volunteers and available on social media platforms.

BMC Training

Working with teachers in Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) schools across all 24 wards of Mumbai, to help them build their confidence, and improve and strengthen their teaching practices and English language skills.

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