Overview

DEVI Sansthan (Dignity Education Vision International), a non-profit organization with a global reach, is enabling large scale educational transformation by working with governments and other stakeholders. DEVI’s revolutionary approach embeds global citizenship skills and climate change education, with a focus on foundational literacy. With the vision of universal literacy, the organisation uses research-backed, swift, scalable, and replicable techniques and methodologies to catalyse a paradigm shift in education.

Prominent Leaders in Support of ALfA

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Shri Rajnath Singh, Hon. Minister of Defence, on ALfA FLN

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A New Chapter in Education, by Dr Sunita Gandhi

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International Experts Speak on ALfA

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DEVI Sansthan's FLN Initiatives at a Glance

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International Literacy Day

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ALfA: From the Lens of a Reading & Dyslexia Expert

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ALfA Disruptive FLN, A Slide Presentation

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ALfA Learning Materials in 30+ Languages

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DEVI Sansthan Dossier

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F. Mednick, Literacy as a Human Right, 2023

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Synergy Summit 2.0 Report 2024

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S. Gandhi et al, Disruptive Literacy, Bloomsbury, 2022

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S. Gandhi et al, "Illiteracy Inequality", Economic & Political Weekly, 2021

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S. Gandhi et al, The Inconvenient Truth of Illiteracy Inequality, Journal of New Economics, 2021

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F. Reimers et al, Rebuilding Resilient Education Systems After the Covid-19 Pandemic, 2023

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S. Gandhi et al. Accelerating Learning for All. Bloomsbury, 2024

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Making Uttar Pradesh Nipun in 2024

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Evidence & Publications

DEVI implements rigorous FLN research, using randomized control trials to compare and analyse the efficacy of various literacy programs. Our research has been covered in a recent book by Harvard Graduate School of Education. We also conducted a large-scale survey of Lucknow district in 2015, measuring the literacy of 1.5 million people, which culminated in two peer reviewed journal articles.

Global Systemic Change Policy Paper, 2023

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ALfA in Sambalpur (Odisha) Report, 2023

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ALfA in Low Performing Districts Report, 2023

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ALfA Teacher Handbook

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Massive Open Online Training Report, 2023

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People's Movement for Literacy

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45 Days to FLN Challenge

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Policymakers Conclave Report, 2023

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Synergy Summit Report, 2022

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Accelerating Adult Literacy Report, 2021

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Why Can’t The Children Read? 2021

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Global Dream Program in Hamirpur Report, 2019

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First 76 Learners Data

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Fast Track & Holistic FLN Today: A Call to Action

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ALfA Trainer Guide

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Fast Track to FLN Literacy Camp Intensive

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Literacy for Climate Change

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Making Himachal NIPUN in 2024

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Transforming Schools

Before Covid, only 43% of 10-year-olds in Low and Middle Income Countries could read – since then, it has plunged further to 30%. The conventional education system is unable to achieve universal literacy within a reasonable timeframe. Over 22 years of endeavor and 8 years of active research, a revolutionary Accelerating Learning for All (ALfA) approach was developed, that is challenging the status quo by enabling learners to become FLN capable in just 45 working days, compared to the traditional 3-5 years. ALfA uses a known-to-unknown approach which bypasses the need to learn the alphabet, and unlocks the power of paired learning. ALfA programs are being taken up by schools at all levels, nationally and internationally, and is spreading rapidly since its launch in 2022. DEVI Sansthan also advocates for research-based, system-wide reforms.

Incredible Results from ALfA Implementation in Shamli and Hilauli

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ALfA presentation to UP Director General of School Education, 2024

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Achieving FLN in 45 Days and Going Beyond

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ALfA: A Groundbreaking Methodology

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Fast Track FLN Shows Enormous Capacity of the Children, Need for Dramatic Reform in Education

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Accelerating Learning for All in UP Government Schools

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A Revolutionary Way FLN in LPD Sambalpur, Odisha

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Numeracy One Grade Up

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5-Year-Olds Can Read Newspapers with ALfA

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Evidence: 5-7 Year Olds are Reading Newspapers

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Learners Speak About their Hopes

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Shamli FLN Case Study

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Teacher Trainees in Government School Pilot

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Free Repository of Climate Change Themed Short Stories

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Uttar Pradesh government NAT test data, 2023

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Hilauli: fully implementing ALfA, ranked number one in district

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Breaking FLN Barriers: ALfA's Journey Towards Inclusive Education

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Results and Outcomes from ALfA Internationally

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Youth Leaders

The enthusiasm and idealism of youth is a tremendous resource if harnessed towards service. Since the launch of our Each One Tech One campaign in 2014, student volunteers have been at the forefront of efforts to reach disadvantaged communities. Nearly 500,000 student volunteers have taught illiterate learners using our FLN toolkits.

Fast-tracking FLN with the LiteracyNow App

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Out-of-School-Children Learning from Student Volunteers

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Student Volunteers as Champions of Literacy

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Testimonies of Student Mentors Video

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Adults

Globally, the number of illiterate adults has not changed much: still some 770 million adults cannot read, and two-thirds of these are women. DEVI is working for adult literacy, with a particular focus on adolescent girls and women, by helping mobilise people’s movements. In projects ranging from Literacy Chicago, USA, to villages of India, DEVI’s disruptive approach to literacy for adults, has enabled thousands to learn to read in record time, since its launch in 2014.

Literacy Chicago First Lesson with ALfA

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Say NO to Thumb Impression

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The First Learner

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A New Way to Empower Women

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Women As Change Agents for Literacy

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Women as Literacy Champions

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A Movement for Literacy

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Towards a People's Movement in Lucknow

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Global Policymakers Conclave: Presentation by Fred Mednick

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EdTech

Literacy Now Campaign, Webpage

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Literacy Now App Presentation

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Literacy Now Brochure for Student Volunteers

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ALfA Disruptive Literacy, Working Even for 3-Year-Olds

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Litearcy Now App Campaign Brochure

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Literacy Now App Demo

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Training & Empowerment

DEVI runs highly interactive training workshops for teachers, empowering them with ready-to-implement resources and classroom strategies. In 2023 we launched the Massive Open Online Training series, which has been warmly received with 30,000 views thus far from over 50 countries. 93% of participants found the training to be effective, with 99% saying they had take-away points.

First Massive Open Online Training on Literacy

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First Massive Open Online Training on Numeracy

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Training Video on Literacy Methodology for Student Volunteers

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Training Video on Numeracy Methodology for Volunteers

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A Student Volunteer Demonstrates How to Teach Literacy

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Collaborations

DEVI partners with governments, NGOs, schools, and institutions worldwide to implement swift and effective literacy programs. Within India, our partners include district governments of Shamli (UP) and Sambalpur (Odisha), state-level education ministries in UP and Mizoram, and numerous NGO partners. Internationally, DEVI is collaborating with diverse stakeholders, including the Ministry of Education, Maldives; Literacy Chicago, USA; the All Africa Students Union and many more. DEVI also organises forums, such as the Synergy Summits, Policymakers Conclave, EdLeadership Conference and the Disruptive Talks for Literacy, which enable educational thinkers and practitioners to discuss disruptive approaches to large-scale educational transformation.

Global Policymakers Conclave

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Robert Jenkin (UNICEF) at Policymakers Conclave

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Global Advisory Committee Video of First Meeting

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Synergy Summit on a Paradigm Shift in FLN, July 2022

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Minister of State for Education on Adopting ALfA FLN for Maldives

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Disruptive Talks Highlights

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Disruptive Talks on Literacy

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Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conferences, 2022

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Ed Leadership International Roundtable Conferences, 2024

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Media

DEVI’s groundbreaking FLN work has been covered by a number of newspapers, magazines and news channels. A selection of local, national and international coverage is shared here.

ALfA Global Dream Eyewitness Accounts

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Bollywood Stars on Global Dream Literacy

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India TV Feature on Global Dream

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ABP News Feature on Global Dream

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How This UP District is Trying to Improve Learning Level of Children Through Play-way Method

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Global Dream Training of Master Trainers in Collaboration with Directorate of Education, Mizoram

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Media Coverage

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Nexus of Good: Global Dream

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Educationist in Lucknow making poor kids literate in 30 hours, Times of India, 2020

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Global Dreamshala to make 10k kids literate

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Educationist and innovator Dr Sunita Gandhi develops new pedagogy 'Global Dream -ALfA'

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Educationist and innovator Dr Sunita Gandhi develops new pedagogy 'Global Dream -ALfA'

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The world can now become literate in months, not years, through Global Dream Toolkits: Educationist and innovator Dr Sunita Gandhi

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Toolkit Helps Kids Learn Reading, Basic Numeracy in Past Two Years of School Closure Due to Pandemic

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Free Education Initiative Global Dream Shaala Launches In Uttar Pradesh

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Dignity Education to organize National CSR Summit on Literacy and Education

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This Educationist Launches 'Global Dream Shaala' To Provide Free Lessons To Out-of-School Children, Adults

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30 hours to literacy

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Devi Sansthan Lucknow showcases its FLN methodology at Delhi conclave

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Free Education Initiative Global Dream Shaala Launches In Uttar Pradesh

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World’s Changemakers Gather at D-Talks to Discuss the Solutions for Pressing Literacy Issues

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World’s Changemakers Gather at D-Talks to Discuss the Solutions for Pressing Literacy Issues

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'Learn to Read, Write in 30 Hours': Ex-World Bank Economist's Inverted Teaching Helps 5 lakh Rural Kids

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International Literacy Day: Turning uneducated women into literacy champs

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Dr. Sunita Gandhi the ‘Edumonk from Lucknow’ will begin the NAME LITERACY CHALLENGE as part of her Global Dreamshaala program this International Women’s Day.

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Indian educationist launches literacy program for out-of-school children, adults

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In Conversation with Dr. Sunita Gandhi, President, Dignity Education Vision International (DEVI Sansthan)

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This UP teacher is making poor kids ‘literate’ in 30 hour

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India Literacy Board (ILB) Appoints Dr Sunita Gandhi As The New Vice-Chairman

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Dr. Sunita Gandhi, Founder, DEVI Sansthan to hold a MOOT & Global Policy Makers Conclave

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Countering the COVID impact: Renowned educationist Dr. Sunita Gandhi unveils 'pedagogy' to bridge kids’ learning loss of two COVID years

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Dr Sunita Gandhi: Transforming Education, Changing Lives

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M3M Foundation joins hands with Devi Sansthan…

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Devi Sansthan to hold a Global Policy Makers Conclave

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This Physicist, Former World Bank Economist, and Educationist is Helping The Illiterate Become Literate in A Month

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10XGood Magazine Articles on ALfA

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The Good Sight Magazine Articles on ALfA

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Our Founder

Dr Sunita Gandhi, an Indian educator, researcher and author, is CEO of Dignity Education Vision International (DEVI Sansthan), and Chief Academic Advisor of her family-run City Montessori School, the world’s largest school, and a recipient of the UNESCO Peace Prize. A PhD in Physics from Cambridge University, UK, Dr. Gandhi served as an Economist at the World Bank. Her recognitions include India's Educationist of the Year 2014, Visionary of Uttar Pradesh 2017, and Shining World Caring Award, Taiwan, 2020.

CMS, The World’s Largest School, A Guinness World Record, Since 1999

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S. Gandhi, Maximising Learning Gain in Schools, Chapter in Book by Prof. Gwyneth Hughes, 2017

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Educationist of the Year, 2014

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Visionary of Uttar Pradesh, 2017

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Shining World Caring Award, 2020

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