Azim Premji Foundation has field institutes in 55 districts across 7 states and one union territory—Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Puducherry, Rajasthan, Telangana and Uttarakhand. The district institutes work with government schools to improve the quality of teaching-learning processes, build professional networks and reform curricula along with related issues of education policy. The Foundation through the School of Continuing Education and University Resource Centre of Azim Premji University is also engaged in the North Eastern states and Jammu & Kashmir. Our main area of work is capacity building of senior functionaries at the state or district levels through workshops, courses, curriculum and material development. Currently, we do not have District Institutes in these locations.
The core idea is to improve the quality of education and provide better learning experiences for children in government schools by improving the capacities of teachers at multiple levels. This is facilitated through multi-modal engagements— informal learning groups, short discussions, workshops, school visits, exposure visits, etc.
The Foundation’s work in the field directly leverages and builds upon the rich experience gained through grassroots-level engagements over the years. All the work in the field has close linkages with the University to ensure a strong two-way connection between theory, research and actual practice.
The map represents the reach of the Foundation in terms of its District Institutes. The map also indicates the presence of Teacher Learning Centres established by the Foundation. The Teacher Learning Centre is a space located close to the residences of teachers equipped with resources and facilities (such as books, teaching learning materials, computers, etc.) which can be utilised by the local teacher community. The space acts as a hub for various teacher professional development activities such as workshops, discussion forums and other events.