ABOUT US

Our Vision and Mission

Our Vision

Our Vision

All Children in Pune will have successful life outcomes when they grow up.
Our Mission

Our Mission

We will positively impact all children in Pune and support them on their womb to work trajectory.

About us

 Pune Children’s Zone is a program that aspires to positively impact All Children in Pune over the next 10 years to help them have successful life outcomes.

Research has shown that early childhood (0 to 6 years) and adolescence (12 to 16 years) are the two most critical periods for cognitive as well as physical development of an individual. It is now also widely acknowledged that what goes on in a child’s environment whilst he/she is still in the age group of 0-3 years could well determine life outcomes. Any damage during this period may not get reversed even by an excellent formal education experience later. Research has shown the
implications that the accident of birth has in determining life outcomes for an individual, and how adverse childhood experiences (ACE), can drastically reduce chances of success.

Research and practice, in multiple developed as well as developing countries, has also proved that, if interventions focussed on Responsive and Positive Parenting are made in the very early stages of childhood (0 to 3 years), and the child grows up in a more positive environment, where he/she is able to develop secure attachments with adults, then the likelihood of a normal (cognitive, emotional and social) development path increase manifold. In other words – a secure attachment prepares him to effectively deal with any trauma during childhood.

For children coming from disadvantaged backgrounds - Health and Well-being, Parent and Family Investment and an Effective Education become extremely important levers for their future life outcomes. This along with the critical development age groups - 0-3 years, 12- 16 years and finally support with career readiness, make it an essential as well as complete holistic development cycle, that advances from womb to work. Essentially speaking, support and services that wrap-around a child during these age groups and focused on these levers is the only validated way to realize their potential, leading them towards successful life outcomes.

Through the Pune Children’s Zone (PCZ), we aspire to build partnerships with organizations, governments, schools and communities to work on the levers (health and well- being, parent and family investment, effective education) and focused in the age groups 0-3, 12- 16 and then on career readiness thus completing the ‘womb to work’ journey. We will also run programs directly to support the areas mentioned above where necessary.
Theory of Change

Theory of Change

We believe that it takes a host of services and collective action to create a conducive ecosystem that will support each child’s holistic development. This is necessary for them to experience social, physical, emotional, cognitive and spiritual development, helps them realize their potential and builds them as independent and responsible citizens. As all children go through this cycle, they will be positive change agents for their own family as well as their communities. As each child develops, all children will develop; families and communities will evolve and prosper. This will bring positive change.
Our Model

Our Model

The Pune children’s Zone will have direct intervention of two sorts – one with the community/parents and the other with the schools and educators.

For one, we will either through direct intervention or by building partnerships ensure that children and their families receive a host of services that build their capacity to make them effective and well equipped. They will thus be able to cater to the needs of their children. Children will receive services that cater to their holistic development and prepare them for adult life.

We will build relationships with government schools and supporting NGOs aimed at school transformation such that a school can be effective as a unit of change. They will thus develop the knowledge, skills and mind-sets to provide a high quality learning experience to all children, keeping the parents engaged in the teaching learning process.

Both these interventions are aimed at catering to a child’s needs right from the womb to work spectrum. This we believe will make children aware, well equipped and independent towards attaining successful life outcomes.
Leadership

Leadership

Rahul Gupta has recently founded the Pune Children’s Zone with a vision to reach all children in Pune over the next ten years and help them achieve successful life outcomes. He aspires to do that by ensuring a host of wrap-around services apart from education, for all children, during their ‘womb to work’ trajectory. Rahul believes in education as the biggest equalizer. He believes that if we support our children with a holistic education and empower their families, then positive life outcomes are possible for all.

Rahul serves as the School Leader at Akanksha Foundation’s Smt. Savitribai Phule English Medium School in Pune. He currently leads a team of 50 people to provide a holistic learning experience to their 750 students.

Rahul was a Teach for India fellow, 2009 and served as a grade 3 teacher in a municipal school in Mumbai. Rahul joined Akanksha Foundation immediately after the fellowship and became a School Principal at the age of 22. He founded an English medium school in D.N Nagar, Mumbai in 2011. After serving as the School Principal there for two years he moved to Pune and took over the school he currently leads. Rahul is currently in his 7th year of School Leadership.

Rahul has been a Teach for All School leadership fellow and has participated in numerous global conferences in the last 5 years. He has also coached School Leaders across systems and geographies through workshops, webinars and one on one mentoring.

Rahul currently serves as a member on the National Advisory Board of Teach for India. In this capacity he presents an alumnus’s perspective on the strategy and direction of the organization.

Rahul holds a Bachelor’s degree in Economics from Delhi University and a Bachelor’s degree in Education from the University of Pune.