King’s charity to better lives of 4m Indian kids with an educational initiative


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The British Asian Trust, a charity founded by King Charles III, is leading an educational initiative. It will impact the lives of up to 4 million children in India across 5 years. The initiative LiftEd — Learning and Innovation in Foundational Literacy and Numeracy to Transform Education — aims to strengthen India’s education ecosystem and was launched on International Day of Education, which falls on 24th  January.

Targeting public school children across grades 1-3, LiftEd brings together a diverse mix of education experts to improve Foundational Literacy and Numeracy in India, raising up to $20 million from a consortium of 26 partners.

Notable names include Atlassian Foundation, Bridges Outcomes Partnerships, Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Reliance Foundation, Standard Chartered Bank, UBS Optimus Foundation, and USAID.

The initiative comes after the Indian government identified FLN as an ‘urgent and necessary prerequisite to learning’ and in 2021, launched the landmark NIPUN Bharat Mission to equip every child aged 4-10 with FLN skills by 2026-27.

The British Asian Trust, which is a diaspora-led international development body, was founded by Charles in 2007 when he was the Prince of Wales and a group of British-Asian business leaders to address widespread poverty, inequality and injustice in south Asia.

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