Science Education Initiative

Science Education Initiative

Quality Science and Maths Education in low-income settings.


The Opportunity

There is a severe shortage of quality Maths and Science content and teachers to teach these critical subjects at the secondary level. There is a need to provide excellence STEM education to students in low income settings.

The Model

Science Education Initiative (SEI) aims to address the severe lack of quality Maths and Science content and teachers at the secondary level. The organisation works using an in-school ‘Fellowship’ model, where college undergraduates serve as part-time Science and Maths teachers in Pune Municipal Corporation Schools in Maharashtra.

Fellows spend 6 hours per week in the classroom— 2 hour sessions, 3 days a week. They go through a 20 day training before the academic session starts, and are provided weekly support during the year. Lesson plans are standardised and mapped to the school curriculum. Student learning is measured by regularly conducted formative assessments.

Potential for Systemic Impact

According to PISA data, Indian students have one of the weakest Science and Maths skills in the world. To address this gap, SEI is developing high quality content and pedagogy which can be disseminated at scale. The part-time fellowship model is suitable for urban contexts and can be replicated in other cities.