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Episode 31: The middle Road with Surabhi Yadav, Founder & CEO, Sajhe Sapne  

 

Nishant Malhotra’s Discussion with Surabhi Yadav, Sajhe Sapne, Founder & CEO. The middle Road, a thought leadership and online learning platform enabling social change and impact. In this episode, Nishant chats’ with Surabhi Yadav, Founder & CEO of Sajhe Sapne, a nonprofit that’s empowering rural women through quality education and catalysing livelihood for the underserved section of the society.

Surabhi Yadav discussing her work. Listen to the full episode through the download below.   

Q). Hello, Surabhi I thank you for chatting with me about your work. You have had a tremendous journey both personally and professionally. You went to IIT, Delhi, one of the best engineering colleges in India for your under and a post-graduate degree in engineering. You also did a master’s in development practice from the University of California, Berkeley, US. Today as Founder & CEO of Sajhe Sapne, your organization is empowering rural women in India through quality education. An overwhelming majority of India’s rural population works in the unorganized sector. Kindly share your journey highlighting the motivation in setting up your nonprofit.

Q). You have a flagship program in Management and Rural Development where you train, skill, and provide jobs to rural women between the age of 18-24 years. Please speak about this ground-breaking residential program that is enabling social change and impact within the Indian ecosystem.

Q). 65 percent of the Indian population resides in the rural area with a literacy rate of 73.5 percent as of 2021.1 However, the quality of education is not good. The Indian government has initiatives example Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya, Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, and Digital Initiatives that facilitate education for women. How do you think these policies are bettering your organization’s mission and vision? What are the qualitative insights you would like to share that you encounter in your effort to educate rural women? Describe roadblocks and impediments and the steps you take to overcome these challenges.

Q). Your organization has an applied learning structure wherein you educate youth on employability skills. There are 1.26 million schools in the rural sector out of a total of 1.51 million schools in India. Side a chart distribution of children enrolled in schools across rural India in 2019, by type based on data shared by Statista.

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Talk about your business model for setting up educational centers in India. In your parlance Sapna Centre. Maybe we can have a better idea about what exactly is Anganwadi. How are you different from other types of schools listed here? Your model can be scaled up using the public-private sector partnership? What support would you need to carry forward your wonderful work?

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Q). Surabhi – You worked as a graduate student instructor teaching highly quantitative subjects example electives in statistics at Berkeley, one of the best universities in the world. Your team is highly qualified with work experience in consulting and other educational development institutes example Teach For India. Looking at Sajhe Sapne team’s superlative qualifications, share how you bring out a quality-backed pedagogy towards learning.

Q). This is a fantastic initiative looking at the proliferation of technology globally. Kindly share in detail how are you implementing this project example infrastructure, curriculum, etc. How do you make sure your students get a job? Have you tied up with companies in India? What steps do you take to adhere to the quality of the students?

Q). Finally, do speak about an Aha moment.

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