Social innovation @ HP
Recently, Hewlett-Packard announced the $1 million Education Innovation Fund for India (EIFI) grant winners. The Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad, was awarded the top grant of R10 million. IIMA’s ready-to-scale project titled Educational Innovation Bank (EI Bank) is designed to improve the quality of education in the public school system and is based on the work of innovative school teachers.
Additionally, 15 winners of the R1.5 million major grants and two winners of the R1 million special grants were awarded for projects being implemented at the grassroots that are results-oriented with strong educational outcomes. Also, as many as 40 smaller grants ranging from R10,000 to R140,000 were given under EIFI Young Learners and EIFI Young Innovators categories.
EIFI, which was launched last year, is a collaborative project between the HP Sustainability & Social Innovation group and the India Council for Integral Education (ICIE), an initiative of the Sri Aurobindo Society. Jeannette Weisschuh, director education strategy, HP Sustainability & Social Innovation Group, says that the $1 million fund is designed to promote education projects that use innovative learning approaches in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), pedagogy, curriculum development and holistic learning to advance education delivery and reach in India.
Taking us through EIFI’s brief journey, Weisschuh says, “When we first announced the EIFI grants in March 2011 at the HP Global Catalyst Summit in
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