Tamil Nadu & Tripura: PMU for NGO Partnerships Management

Currently, The Education Alliance supports Samagra Shiksha Tamil Nadu and Samagra Shiksha Tripura in the management of its NGO partnerships. As a Program management Unit (PMU) to support the State Governments in the management of NGO Partnerships TEA does the following:


of NGOs working in Government schools (as provided by Samagra Shiksha). This will involve studying and reviewing MOUs signed between Samagra Shiksha and NGOs to understand the roles and responsibilities and agreed key performance indicators (KPIs); Visiting interventions on ground and mapping NGO performance against agreed KPIs.

Facilitate Setting Up
of a Steering Committee

within the Department to oversee and manage NGOs. The committee will meet every quarter to monitor progress of various NGO interventions and address any on-ground challenges faced by organizations.


between NGOs and Samagra Shiksha through creation of templates, processes etc.

Support Partnership

facilitating conversations related to scale, sustainability, terminations etc. based on the review of NGO performance

New NGOs

based on the needs of the State

Tamil Nadu

Commencement Year:

(*based on NGO Interventions)


Commencement Year:


Tamil Nadu


Journey in Tamil Nadu so far:

23rd Oct 2018

MoU Signing

Since 2018, Samagra Shiksha Tamil Nadu (SSTN) has embarked on the journey of engaging with NGOs to address various education needs of the State. TEA began its engagement in Tamil Nadu in October 2018.

Nov 2018 - Feb 2019

Landscape Study of the NGO Interventions

TEA spent the three months to observe and understand the interventions of the 7 NGOs through observation of input measures, Semi-structured stakeholders interviews, Pre and Post-visit interaction with NGO partners, and Review of existing documentation related to intervention.

Mar 2019

Pilot Study - BRTE workload

Tamil Nadu State intends to strengthen its Block Resource Teacher Educators (BRTEs) cadre with the focus on improving their role effectiveness. The Educational Alliance (TEA) has collaborated with the State to conduct a BRTE research study with this aim.

Feb 2019

1st Steering Committee Meeting Organized by TEA

Bringing together State Officials (including the Secretary, Education; State Project Director, Joint Directors, Department Directors, State coordinators) and NGO representatives.

Apr 2019 - Jun 2019

Onboarding of
3 new NGO partners

July 2019 - Feb 2020

Monitoring visits of
NGO partners’ for AY 2019-20

Oct 2019

Quantitative Research
on BRTE workload shared with state


Monitoring visits for
NGO Partners' for AY 2020-2021

APR 2020 - MAY 2020

Support State and NGOs
for AY 2020-21, including
contingency planning for COVID-19

Feb 2020 - Mar 2020

NGO Activities
End of Year Compilation

NOV 2020

TEA-SPD Meeting,
CWSN Taskforce Meeting,
Needs Analysis

DEC 2020

NGO Partnerships
Steering Committee Meeting

FEB 2021

PAB Report Compilation

Tamil Nadu

Impact So Far

Steering Committe set up
with half-yearly meetings

TEA supported the review and due-diligence of 10 NGOs in 2019-20, of which 3 new organization were onboarded.

Facilitating dialogue between Samagra Shiksha and NGOs on COVID-19 student
learning and continuity support

Research study on BRTE Role
Effectiveness completed

Supported department with budget planning for 2019-20, and 2020-21 related to NGO interventions for presentation to MHRD

Intervention monitoring for ongoing
for all 11 NGOs working in the state


Stakeholders Speak:

“The Partnership between Samagra Shiksha and The Education Alliance (TEA) has greatly aided the effective management of NGOs. TEA’s role has helped to avoid duplication of initiatives by NGOs and has brought synergy through sharing of best practises.”

Venkatesh IAS

Former Additional State Project Director Samagra Shiksha – Tamil Nadu
Current Commissioner of School Education

“Samagra Shiksha Tamil Nadu has joined hands with The Education Alliance (TEA) for management of various NGOs partnering with Samagra Shiksha Tamil Nadu. TEA has taken strenuous efforts to compile the nature of NGO interventions, status of activities and key highlights of each NGO’s program, on-ground stakeholder feedback etc. I congratulate the TEA team and the NGO Coordinator of the Samagra Shiksha who have rendered hard and tireless work to bring out all the information into this compendium.”

R. Sudalaikannan I.A.S.

Former State Project Director, Samagra Shiksha, Tamil Nadu.

“Wholeheartedly, I thank the TEA team members for extending such good support to the State of Tamil Nadu right from recommending good NGOs, NGO due diligence, visiting the NGO’s program at regular intervals, sharing reports based on the visits and compiling the NGO activities of the State in the form of a compendium. I wish that the State works with the TEA team in a more focussed manner in the selection of NGOs with a service-oriented perspective and ultimately benefit the student community at large and in enhancing the quality of education of the State.”

Mrs. Rekha

State NGO partnerships coordinator Samagra Shiksha, Tamil Nadu.


Collaborating with Samagra Shiksha Tamil Nadu:

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Journey in Tripura so far:

24 JULY 2020

NGO partnerships meeting

AUG - SEPT 2020

MoU review and processing
(NGO partnerships - 6)

AUG 2020

NGO MoU proposals review
with Secretary ma’am

DEC 2020

CBM and Saksham
Tripura institutions onboarding

NOV - DEC 2020

MoU review and processing
(NGO partnerships - 5)

OCT 2020

Selection Committee Meeting
(NGO proposals - 3)

OCT 2020

MoU sign off
(NGO partnerships - 6)

JAN 2021

NGO partnerships
Steering Committee Meeting
and MoU sign-off event
(NGO partnerships - 11)

JAN 2021

NGO partnerships
Needs gaps analysis

FEB 2021

4th Selection
Committee Meeting

MAR 2021

NGO Partners Discussion
with Education Minister, PS, and SPD


Collaborating with Samagra Shiksha Tripura:

Madhi Foundation was established in 2016 as a non-profit organisation working in the education sector, committed to the cause of bridging the equity gap in education for children across India. Madhi currently works with Samagra Shiksha, Tamil Nadu and State Council for Educational Research and Training in all schools across the state.

Madhi Foundation has signed an MoU with Samagra Shiksha to implement the Foundational Learning Improvement Programme (FLIP). FLIP aims to improve the Foundational Learning skills of children studying in grades 1, 2 and 3 in government schools in Chennai and Thiruvannamalai Districts.

Vidhya Vidhai a not for profit, Chennai based organization that strives to ensure Quality education for every child. Coming from Azim Premji’s school of thought, Vidhya Vidhai is supported by organizations like Advaith Foundation (A family initiative of Mr. Shibulal, Co-founder of Infosys), WellsFargo and Shiv Nadar Foundation for its good deeds to improve the quality in education.

Vidhya Vidhai partners with Government schools and low income private schools in Tamil Nadu for a period of 3 years. During this journey a School Transformation Lead, stays in school thrice every week to support the School Leaders and Teachers to develop better teaching-learning practices and leadership practices for better student outcomes. Currently we are impacting 6000 Children from 11 schools across Tamil Nadu.

Sri Aurobindo Society has been recognised by the Government of India as a charitable organisation, a research institute and as an institution of importance throughout India. For the last 55 years, Sri Aurobindo Society has been working with students and teachers in private schools as well as at the grass root level across India to develop innovative strategies for education improvement.

Sri Aurobindo Society (SAS) has committed to three programs in Tamil Nadu as per MoU: Zero Investment Innovation for Educational Initiatives (ZIIEI), Innovative Pathashala and Project Inclusion.

AVVAI VILLAGE WELFARE SOCIETY shortly known as “Avvai” was initiated on 6th February 1978. It works among children, women, elders and disaster affected in the sectors of education, child rights & child protection, pre primary education, health, women empowerment, de-addiction, elder care, disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Hygiene Promotion in Primary Schools (HEPS) is being implemented in Thiruvallur and Perambalur districts. Objective of HEPS is to improve Knowledge, Attitude and Practices (KAP) on Water Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) related issues among 1,25,000 Primary school children through pedagogy-based approaches on the modules developed by Reckitt Benckiser (RB) India Ltd. in partnership with Butterfly Fields and XSEED.

Sol’s ARC is a registered non-profit organization established in 2003, under the Charitable Trust Act of Mumbai, working towards transforming education. We conduct innovative education research to build inclusive learning content, ensuring every child can learn and that our innovation will reach the last mile.

Sol’s ARC is the only organization in India working towards Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 4 to ensure inclusive and quality education for all to promote lifelong learning. We have developed a unique framework that makes the national curriculum inclusive and accessible for individuals with learning lags from preschool to higher education. We believe that this innovation will be one of the key factors in reversing the statistics significantly.

STiR runs the Intrinsic motivation program in cycles of 3 months which are termed as Learning Improvement Cycles (LIC). Each LIC is based on a theme which contributes to the overall improvement in the intrinsic motivation of the teachers. The teachers take part in Network meetings to discuss among themselves on the theme and learn from each other facilitated by the CRTEs.

The program was launched in Vellore district in the month of November 2018 with ‘Enabling Classroom environment through Growth Mindset’ as the Learning Improvement Cycle (LIC- 0) theme (December 2018 to February 2019). For the year of 2019-20, the program was scaled up in Villupuram and Dharmapuri districts in addition to Vellore district with Establishing Classroom Routines as the theme for the Learning Improvement Cycle (LIC-1) from July 2019 to November 2019. The program to be expanded from 3 to 16 districts for 2020-21.

The Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is a global network of over 194 affiliated researchers who use randomized evaluations to answer critical policy questions in the fight against poverty. Our mission is to reduce poverty by ensuring that policy is informed by scientific evidence. We do this through research, policy outreach, and training.

J-PAL South Asia has conducted randomized evaluations in the education sector across 14 states in India. A few examples of completed and ongoing J-PAL education research projects in collaboration with various state governments in India include Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Odisha and Rajasthan.

In partnership with the Samagra Shiksha, Tamil Nadu, J-PAL is implementing a project called Math Games, innovative game-based Mathematics curriculum for pre-school students, developed by psychologists based at the Laboratory for Development Studies at Harvard University, and tested for its effectiveness on a range of learning outcomes through three randomized evaluations conducted in Delhi. The curriculum has been developed to improve school math performance i.e. symbolic math abilities by strengthening innate numerical and geometrical abilities i.e. non-symbolic math abilities.

Vidya Sagar, formerly called Spastics Society of India – Madras, was started on 15th March 1985 to cater to the needs of people with disabilities specifically those with complex needs. The needs of the students and families through the years has led to setting up of a wide range of comprehensive services catering to children from infancy to adults.

They have partnered with Samagra Shiksha,Tamil Nadu for the implementation of the project ‘Ellarum Ellamum’ to work together to improve quality of inclusion and participation of children with disabilities in government schools in areas where Vidya Sagar’s Community Based Rehabilitation (CBR) programme operates.

AIF is a philanthropy platform connecting the two largest democracies to fight poverty in India. AIF works towards transforming the lives of India’s most disadvantaged communities through better health, education and livelihoods. In Tripura, AIF proposes to

  1. (i) design learning and bridging programs and vocational/life-skills education programs for the students of the residential hostels under Samagra Shiksha, Tripura,
  2. (ii) Formulate child protection policy and procedures for the quality management of the residential hostels under Samagra Shiksha, Tripura, and
  3. (iii) Support the State in setting up of 10 Learning Resource Centres involving the local community in Sonamura sub-division in Tripura.
  • The mission of CCF is “To facilitate social inclusion and education of deprived children and disabled, to motivate youth, instill hope and trust among the elderly and empower women through relevant education, advocacy, awareness programs, skill development, and promotion of art and culture.”
  • In Tripura, CCF proposes to work on capacity building of primary class teachers employed in 400 Government Schools by training them on the skill of storytelling, empowering them to use the art of storytelling as a teaching strategy.
  • Founded in 2010 the Ahvaan Trust is a not-for-profit organization that works with government school teachers, developing and training them to become the best educators they can be.
  • In Tripura, Ahvaan as an immediate response to COVID19 sitaution proposes to support the State with engaging with pre-primary children of Tripura during Covid induced lockdown
  • TTF works with schools, principals, school-administrators, teachers and teacher educators in the areas of school development & improvement, teacher development, technology enabled training and support, design and production of teaching aids and classroom-resources.
  • In Tripura, The Teacher Foundation(TTF) proposes to implement its Coachinf for School Sucess (CFSS)-online program to mentor 4 Expert Master Trainers, who will in-turn train 220 Academic coordinators.
  • Tech Mahindra Foundation is the corporate social responsibility arm of Tech Mahindra Ltd. Established in 2007, under Section 25 of the Companies Act (now Section 8), it is today active in 12 cities across India .The Foundation works in three key verticals – education, skill development and disability
  • In Tripura, TMF proposes to provide consultancy services for “Improving In-Service Teacher Education by improving the academic efficiency of two of the DIETs and professional development of Academic Leaders”

CBM is an international development organization committed to improving the quality of life of persons with disabilities in developing nations. They will support the Saksham Tripura mission, and formulating state policy for inclusive education.

  • Adhyayan Foundation seeks to improve the leadership and governance of teaching and learning in schools.
  • Adhyayan will support the State and its partner NGOs, to establish systems and processes to run data-driven school complexes that are accountable to improvement across various school quality standards.

Vision Empower is a not-for-profit enterprise which empowers children with visual impairment through inclusive education. They will support and train teachers to work with children with blindness by:

  1. Creating accessible content
  2. ii) Training of teachers
  3. iii) Providing access to assistive technology.

Sterlite Tech Foundation will support the State to pivot towards competency based teaching and assessment. The program aims to integrate technology in training and classroom teaching by setting up Smart Classes.