VOICE currently works in multiple cities in six states— Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, and Uttarakhand—across India. We work with local partners in low-income private and government schools.
Affordable Private Schools (APS)
APS, also known as low-income private schools, are a phenomena that have gained traction over the past few years in response to the poor quality of government schools and a desire for children to speak English. These private schools target families living at or below the poverty line and charge $20-30 a month or less for 10th class. They strive to provide English medium instruction. APS often do not provide better education than government schools. But because parents pay fees, the school is more accountable than many government schools, though the quality of education varies across schools.
VOICE partners with Gray Matters Educational Initiatives to access their network of APS in Hyderabad and also works with a small number of APS in Uttarakhand with the Uttaranchal Association of North America (UANA).
Since 2010 when the Indian government passed the Right to Education, more children than ever are enrolled in school. VOICE runs camp in two different types of government schools. We work in residential government schools in Andhra Pradesh with the Andhra Pradesh Social Welfare Residential Educational Institutions Society (APSWREIS). Students enter the school through a lottery system and in order to qualify, their parents must earn less than $1,520 or INR 1,00,000. All expenses are covered by the government. VOICE also works with traditional government day schools in Uttarakhand.