Vidyasthali Kanar High School

  • P Project/Program

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Key Information

Vidyasthali Kanar High School is a co-educational, dual medium school situated in Malihabad, 32 kilometers away from Lucknow, established in 2005 by Study Hall Educational Foundation, with the goal of providing affordable but high quality education to rural children. It started with 84 children from 55 villages in a 25 km radius. In 2011, the Kewal Ramani foundation joined our effort and has been generously supporting it financially. The school runs pre-school to class 10 classes and is affiliated to the UP State board. A dedicated staff of 20 teachers provides quality education to over 433 students in science, arts and the commerce stream. The school has an inclusive approach and has a diverse student body in terms of class and caste. The mission of the school is to provide a caring, nurturing learning environment to students, to maintain high academic standards, develop critical thinking, and an innovative, entrepreneurial, solution oriented approach. Our aim is to help students to aspire for strong professional careers and to equip them for these, but more significantly to enable them and inspire them to contribute meaningfully to the development of their own villages as well. The school has a strong reputation in the region and we are now working at full capacity. With the kind support of the Kewal Ramani Foundation, we are expanding our building in order to increase our outreach to a larger group of students. Our larger goal is to make Vidyasthali a hub of rural development, for education and other entrepreneurial experiments in rural areas. We are actively working to develop partnerships with other organizations towards this end. Our students have graduated with good results and are pursuing college degrees in the arts, sciences, law, engineering, medicine and computer studies. Along with their studies, students take up one social problem from their region each year. They have worked at improving a local government primary school, raising awareness against Child Marriage for girls, against gender based violence and campaigned for girls education in their villages. They have formed a students group called Pravartak, which engages in activities aimed at social change in their communities. We believe that ‘quality education’ must enable students to become agents of transformation in their personal lives as well as in their social worlds and we have been working at this for a decade now. We hope our alumni will join us in our endeavour, carry the work forward and make Vidyasthali a hub of excellence in the region.

Lead Implementing Organization(s)


South Asia


Government Affiliation

Non-governmental program


2005 -


Not applicable or unknown

Ministry Affiliation



Kewal Ramani Foundation

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Geographic Scope


Areas of Work Back to Top

Education areas


  • Other
  • Transition from school to work

Other skills

  • Social and emotional learning


  • Literacy
  • Numeracy
  • Other academic performance-related

Cross-cutting areas

  • Digital literacy
  • Economic/livelihoods (including savings/financial inclusion, etc.)
  • Empowerment

Program participants

Target Audience(s)

Boys in school, Girls in school, Youth


Not applicable or unknown

School Enrolment Status

All in school

School Level

Not applicable or unknown

Other populations reached

Not applicable or unknown

Participants include

  • Other

Program Approaches Back to Top

Educational Technology

  • Digital skills/literacy (including coding)

Facilities construction/improvement

  • Construction/improvement of schools

Learning while working

  • Apprenticeship/internship

Reducing economic barriers

  • Scholarships/stipends for school fees

Social/gender norms change

  • Engaging parents/caregivers of students or school-age children/adolescents


  • In-service teacher training – pedagogy general

Tutoring/strengthening academic skills

  • Literacy - in the classroom
  • Numeracy - in the classroom

Program Goals Back to Top

Education goals

  • Improved academic skills (literacy and numeracy)
  • Improved critical thinking
  • Improved social and emotional learning/skills and mindsets
  • Increased school completion (general)
  • Increased school enrolment (general)

Cross-cutting goals

  • Changed social norms
  • Improved critical consciousness
  • Increased agency and empowerment
  • Increased employment/job-related skills