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Central Square Foundation (CSF) is a philanthropy venture fund and policy think tank focused on improving K-12 education for children from low-income communities in India. CSF is strictly a philanthropic funding and capacity-building organization that operates by making early and growth stage grants in education-focused NGOs. In specific, the organization supports initiatives around the following themes:
- High quality affordable schools: Demonstrating excellence in affordable schools, whether government or non-profit, through innovations in curriculum, technology, tools, systems, and processes.
- Human capital development: Building the capacity of teachers and school leadership with an emphasis on meeting the needs of children from marginalized communities.
- Technology in education: Utilizing technology to enable individualized learning for students and the scaling-up of high quality innovations for first generation learners in a cost effective manner.
- Accountability and Community Engagement: Increasing individual student assessments and strengthening community participation to measure and improve learning outcomes.
Areas of engagement in non-state education
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Most are for 2-3 years of guaranteed support
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