THINK micro is proud to announce its support of a program being run by Grameen Koota, a top-20 ranked microfinance institution (MFI) based in Bangalore, and Unitus.Labs, a Seattle-based NGO that takes a consulting and seed-funding approach to helping MFIs and social businesses in the developing world to grow and improve.
The early childhood education program, known as HippoCampus Learning Centres (HLC), was designed to redress some of the major inadequacies plaguing the Indian public education system and has the goal of building 100 centres across the rural parts of HLC’s home state of Karnataka.
HLC’s centres are extremely inexpensive to set up and run ($4500 all inclusive for an entire year!) and feature bilingual education, a focus on reading and maths skills, and forward-thinking Western teaching styles such as the Montessori method. Importantly, after the set-up phase, HLC centres are intended to comprise a self-sustaining social business, not dependent on donations for its continued survival.