Education has traditionally been a public sector service, but public education systems globally have struggled to meet the learning needs of low-income populations. In a rapidly developing economy like India, more than 50% of children between the ages of 15 and 19 are currently unemployed or out of school.
Acumen Fund’s new investment in Hippocampus Learning Centres (HLC) marks the launch of our Education Portfolio, which aims to expand access to high-quality learning and employability services for the poor, with a focus on social enterprises that have the potential to scale dramatically and deliver breakthrough innovations. HLC’s goal is to create positive and tangible learning outcomes for pre- and primary school children in rural India, using its in-house curriculum which allows children of various age groups to learn at their own pace. The photos below are from an HLC learning centre in a rural area outside of Bangalore, India. To learn more about HLC and Acumen Fund’s Education Portfolio, click here.