Peepul (Registered as Absolute Return for Kids)

Focuses on providing quality education to children in government schools through meaningful student-teacher engagement while also partnering with local Government agencies

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  • Headquarters

    New Delhi, Delhi

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Peepul provides comprehensive, compact training to the teachers to instil the skills that helps them to encourage and motivate children, overcome chal Read morelenges, and develop a meaningful student-teacher relationship in government schools. It started to work for schools in Delhi in partnership with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) in 2015 and ever since then, has been providing a nurturing ecosystem in its effort to transform the education system by keeping child-teacher-education as the epicentre of all innovations and development. Its teacher training programme focuses on lesson planning, class management, and the teacher's presence in the class. It also looks into the overall effective performance of the schools and conducts quality assurance.


Children are going to school but are not learning as expected due to outdated methods of teaching, lack of involvement and low skill level of teachers.


Peepul is partnering with Government schools to transform the way education is imparted and also skilling teachers in the latest methods of education delivery.

Demographies Served


Its Exemplar Schools programme increased attendance from 40% to 75%, students exceeded grade expectations by more than 85%, parent-teacher meetings saw an attendance of 95% and enrolment increased by more than 1200 students. Its SDMC Sitara programme trained and developed 1000 Government teachers across more than 200 schools improving learning outcomes for 30,000 students. The CM, Rise programme developed 3,20,000 Government teachers across more than 1,00,000 schools in the state supporting 95,00,000 students. The SDMC Parivartan programme impacts 568 schools, working with 6000 teachers supporting 2,50,000 students

Vision & Mission

Our Vision & Mission​ We dream of a world where every child can live up to their potential. ​ Towards this, our mission is to transform learning in government schools (the lifeline for the poor), so every child, irrespective of their background or circumstance, gets an excellent, holistic education

Donor History

Michael and Susan Dell Foundation
Maitri Trust
Bank of America
SBI Foundation


  • SDMC Sitara


    Drawing from Its experience in operating other schools, Peepul supports the training and guidance of teachers from across two hundred primary schools in Delhi. It runs coaching programmes that span four years. The programme resulted in teachers adopting the latest methods in learning delivery and ensuring maximum participation from students in the process.

  • SDMC Parivartan


    Peepul has partnered with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation for a programme spanning three years to turn around the municipal school system as a whole. It strives to improve the learning effects through academic, organisational and functional transformation leading to sustainable educational results.

  • CM Rise

    CM Rise is an attempt by the organisation to develop teachers across the state professionally. It has partnered with the Government of Madhya Pradesh, Department of School Education, DIKSHA – the national teacher learning platform (National Ministry of Human Resource Development) and the National Informatics Centre (NIC), to train more than three lakh twenty thousand teachers. This effort has seen a massive increase in enrollments and completion of the programme.

  • Exemplar Schools


    Partnering with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation(SDMC), Peepul succeeded in bringing back a Government school from the brink of failure. By implementing a strong curriculum, frequently monitoring every child’s progress and assisting in managing the schools there was an increase in enrolment and students excelling in studies.

  • Exemplar Schools Programme


    Peepul pioneered the first public private partnership (PPP) school with SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation), transforming a dilapidated, failing, government school with enrolment numbers at just 9 to attain an enrolment of 230 students within one year. ​

    This raised the bar for quality education in government schools, catalysing a school quality improvement programme across schools focused on improvements in teaching-learning.

Impact Metrics

  • Impacted Students With Educational Programs

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2017-18 18000
    • 2018-19 800
    • 2019-20 1100
    • 2020-21 1200
    • 2020-21 5500
  • Impacted Teachers With Trainings

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2018-19 10000
    • 2019-20 2800
  • %Age Increase in Reading Proficiency in English

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 72
    • 2020-21 70
    • 2021-22 85
  • %Age Increase in Reading Proficiency in Hindi

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 62
    • 2020-21 70
    • 2021-22 80
  • Enrollment Data (Across Three Schools)

    Year-wise Metrics
    • 2019-20 1200
    • 2020-21 1300
    • 2021-22 1400

Theory of Change

: We are an education practitioner that works on school system transformation at scale, innovating a “practitioner-driven approach to school system transformation”. With first-hand knowledge of what works/doesn’t in a government classroom with all its pressures and complexities, we co-create scalable solutions for school systems with the government.
Such an approach is unique in India: we are among a handful of organisations focusing on both learnings from direct interventions on one side, and large-scale capacity building of the government system on the other, with government adoption as the final goal.

Milestones & Track Record

Peepul pioneered the first public private partnership (PPP) school with SDMC (South Delhi Municipal Corporation), transforming a dilapidated, failing, government school with enrolment numbers at just 9 to attain an enrolment of 230 students within one year. ​

This raised the bar for quality education in government schools, catalysing a school quality improvement programme across schools focused on improvements in teaching-learning.

Leadership Team

  • Kruti Bharucha

    Founder & Chief Executive Officer

  • Urmila Chowdhury

    Education Director

  • Girish Ananthanarayanan

    Chief Operating Officer

  • Sonia Mondal

    Teacher Training Lead

  • Rashmi Pandey

    Chief of Staff

  • Amit Ranjan

    Lead, Finance & Admin

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  • Diversity Metrics

    70% women


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Awards & Recognitions

In our demonstration schools, external assessments have shown at least 2-3x better performance in foundational literacy and numeracy, compared to traditional public schools in the same system. One of the schools was also shortlisted as “Top 10 World’s Best Schools".
In our teacher training work, independent observation of the teachers when they returned to their classrooms post-training showed that 90% of these innovative techniques were being implemented in government classrooms.
Our work in system strengthening at scale is being implemented across 300k teachers and 9.5 million students, and has been lauded by multiple national ministries as national best-practice and has been featured by:

• United Nations – Madhya Pradesh work featured by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network as one of 50 global youth solutions that are having impact, globally.
• The Commonwealth Secretariat – Peepul won the Commonwealth Education Awards 2022 from ~2500 applications from all Commonwealth nations, for the programme in Madhya Pradesh
• Ministry of Education, Govt of India – The Madhya Pradesh work has been featured in the " India Report; Digital Education” in both 2020 and 2021
• Niti Ayog - Our CEO was recognised as Top 100 Women Transforming India
Other awards and recognitions: Our work has won awards in different spheres. A partial list is provided below:
• Organization-level:
o Featured in the United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network “Youth Solutions Report 2020”
o Commonwealth Education Award 2022 for Rethinking Innovation in Education
o Shortlisted as one of the Top 10 World's Best Schools for Innovation by T4 education.
o N/Core Accelerator Programme (3 organisations of 2,000+ applications), 2019
o Outstanding Performance in School Quality Enhancement Programme (SQEP), Delhi
o SDMC Award for Contribution to Education Reform, SDMC, 2017
o SDMC Best School Award, Delhi, 2016-17
o Business World, TechTors for Innovative Business Models, 2018
o FICCI, FICCI Appreciation for CSR Initiatives, 2018
o FICCI FLO, CSR Excellence, 2017
• Leadership team:
o World Innovation Congress, 50 Fabulous Innovative Leaders, 2020
o World CSR Congress, 51 Global Innovators, 2020
o NITI Aayog 130 Women Transforming India Award
o Business World, ‘40 Under 40 List’, 2019
o Women Economic Forum, Exceptional Women of Excellence, 2019
o Business World, Woman Entrepreneur of the Year (Social Impact Category), 2019
o Asian-African Leadership Forum, Promising Leader for Transforming Education Systems, 2019
o World HRD Congress, Woman Super Achiever Award, 2018
o The Economic Times, Top 25 Women Leaders in India, 2018

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  • Parent Organisation

    Ark Ventures

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Government Partnerships

Delhi Government and Madhya Pradesh Government.