We are a Mumbai-based, registered non-profit organisation dedicated to just one cause — that of enhancing the English language skills of children in under-served communities in India.
We design simple English learning solutions for regional language ecosystems and deliver these solutions through local teachers by enabling them through training & certification and helping them start English classes in their respective communities.
Our flagship product is the English Literacy Program, designed keeping in mind the English constraints of teachers from regional language backgrounds.
Our Primary Activities
- Content Creation
- Product Development
- Content Dissemination through Physical products (books and charts) and Digital products (A/V units for mobile phones)
- Community Outreach and Community Engagement (IVR and Whatsapp)
To address and resolve a chronic legacy problem that limits higher education & employment possibilities for millions of Indian kids studying in regional language schools - ENGLISH ILLITERACY.
We aim to do this by developing effective tools for teachers from regional language backgrounds thereby enabling them to teach English to kids from their respective communities.
What Drives Us
What drives us is the possibility of completely solving the English learning problem that has for many years limited the access to professional education for millions of students studying in regional language schools.
While the massive demand for English education is leading to opening of more and more private English schools, it is also leading to the closure of government-run free regional language schools. The driving factor for the poor (to send their children) has been their need to know English, more than getting a better education.
Government schools may be failing us when it comes to English but the teachers are definitely qualified and trained. By allowing a rapid withdrawal from free government schools to private schools, driven only by the desire to know English, are we heading towards a future where kids may become English proficient with limited knowledge of other subjects?
We believe that government-run free regional language schools are most critical to achieving effective universal education and therefore, they should exist. We believe we have created the tools that can enable these regional schools to deliver English learning as effective as any other school.
Thus, you can say that our primary motivation is "Equal Access to Opportunities."
Meet The Team
Heart and Soul
Pranil, an Ashoka Fellow, breathes, eats and drinks LFW.
The Go-to Guy
Kora Prasad Swain
The Utility Guy
Our Man Friday
The Maval Office Gal...
Interfacing with schools, teachers and authorities
The Multi-tasking Operations Belle
NGO operations, Process and more...
Our Affable Field Guy
Handles Shirpur, Maval & Nashik operations
Training, NGOs, Technology
Training and NGOs
The Pune Office Admin
The Nashik Guy
Our Nashik In-charge
The Content, App, Training Gal
The Maval Team guy
The Digital, Tech-savvy guy
The Maval Team guy
The digital layout gal
Digital images, layouting
The youngest eager beaver of the team
- Registered as a Trust in 2009 under Bombay Public Trust Act, 1950. Our registration number is E25680.
- The Registered Address is - C-10, Om Shree Yashodhan Society, Road # 5, Jaiprakash Nagar, Goregaon (E), Mumbai - 63.
- LeapForWord has exemption under the 12A and 80G sections of the I-T act. The PAN number is AAATL 7223L.
- LeapForWord has been registered in September 2017 under the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act (FCRA) and is eligible to accept grants from overseas donors. The Registration Number is 083781583 and is valid for a period of 5 years.
GuideStar India is India’s largest and most reliable online information repository with 8300 NGOs. We have been awarded the prestigious GuideStar India Advanced level- Gold certification for 2018 and have joined India’s largest pool of credible NGOs after undergoing a rigorous due diligence process. GuideStar India’s Gold Certification is the Advanced Level certification indicating that high level of accountability and good governance procedures are adopted by the organisation. It shares in the public domain, its tax returns filed within due date, audited annual accounts and auditor’s report submitted to tax authorities for two years and that there are no material qualifications in its audited accounts. To view our profile at GuideStar India, please visit: https://guidestarindia.org/Summary.aspx?CCReg=10034
Pranil Naik, was one of the 17 social innovators in the country to be invited by the Hon'ble President of India, Dr. Pranab Mukherjee on February 12th, 2016.
- Pranil Naik, Founder of LeapForWord was elected as a Ashoka Fellow in November, 2014. (Ashoka Fellows are leading social entrepreneurs who offer innovative solutions to social problems and the potential to change patterns across society.)
- LeapForWord won the 2014 Growth Challenge organized by UnLtd India. (This is a support for ready-to-scale efforts. It is a joint initiative between UnLtd India, the Edmond de Rothschild Foundations and the Marshall Foundation.)
LeapForWord was started in 2006 by a group of management graduates who had entered the corporate world to fulfill their Dreams, only to realize that there is a larger world out there which probably doesn’t even know much about the word 'DREAM'.
Knowing that an immediate positive change could result only through the maximum leverage of our limited resources, it was decided to concentrate on that single area which when addressed would yield maximum results with minimum effort.
Considering that in today’s economy, proficiency in English and computers has become the differentiator between the educated haves & have-nots, the team decided to dedicate its energy towards the enhancement of English language skills among the under-served.
The genesis of our name 'LeapForWord' can thus be traced to this single-minded resolve.
Team starts building, added 7 people
Comprehension demonstrated independently
Word Power Championship goes beyond Shirpur
Standardisation of kids program
Rollout of the youth program
Content framework for all learning levels
Word Power Championship starts
Youth program gets developed
Mobile phone-based delivery
Developed products like Youth Certification
Efforts get a leg-up with institutional funding
Edelgive Foundation, our first institutional supporter
LFW gets registered
Early team quit corporate jobs to focus on LFW
First full-scale inside-the-system intervention with BMC
Permission to work in a Govt. school
English for kids with 1 class in a semi-English school
Foray into the rural area
Introduction to Shirpur
St. Xavier's Evening College