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Labhya Foundation

place India

Bridging the gap between vulnerability and prosperity through SEL

Labhya partners with Indian state governments to co-create & ensure effective implementation of state-wide daily SEL classes integrated in the school day. We have co-created and are ensuring effective implementation of the world’s largest & India’s first at-scale SEL programs. Our programs are enabling 2.5 million vulnerable children across 2 states of India to become healthy, effective learners.

HundrED 2023






Target group
February 2023
“To not feel like you are alone. To feel a sense of purpose and belonging. To feel complete. Today these are seen as luxuries. We want to create a world where these are seen as rights.”

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

The 128 Million Children studying in public schools of India are multidimensionally poor with most of them surviving on a household income of $2 or less a day. These children are disproportionately affected by unique vulnerabilities and mental health issues. The Indian public education system currently lacks the capability to enable these children to prosper during and beyond schooling.

How does your innovation work in practice?

Labhya Foundation partners with governments to co-create scalable & localise SEL programs for vulnerable children across public education systems. Labhya provides end-to-end support through co-creation of curriculum, teacher capacity building, monitoring & evaluation and support in effective implementation.

This has translated into existing public school teachers conducting a daily SEL class that has been integrated within the school day. Our programs enable our children to form stronger relationships, have a higher interest in learning and have increased emotional resilience.

Our programs are creating safe spaces in classrooms that equip children with the essential skills required to become healthy, effective learners.

During an external evaluation of our Delhi's pilot program (the “Happiness Curriculum”) by the Boston Consulting Group, over four thousand teachers were interviewed, with 87% of them reporting that our program had a tangible positive impact on their students.

How has it been spreading?

Our main achievements are:
> Co-created and ensured effective implementation of the world’s largest & India’s first SEL programs namely ‘Happiness Curriculum’ & ‘Anandam Pathyacharya’ with the Governments of Delhi & Uttarakhand respectively to impact 2.5 Million children.
> Finalist, WISE Awards 2020 by Qatar Foundation
> Official Solution Partner to Generation Unlimited India, UNICEF
> Supported and mentored by various partners like Harvard University, The Nudge Foundation and UNDP India

Our objectives for the next 3 years are:
> To expand our operations to 3 more state governments to impact 7 million vulnerable children across India
> To capacitate our existing and upcoming government partners to conduct state-wide student-level SEL assessments

If I want to try it, what should I do?

Labhya creates open source localised curricula that is accessible globally through our government partners’ websites. We intentionally make our curricula available in order to encourage educators to create safe spaces in their classrooms. Our in-house SEL curriculum in English, designed for low-income contexts, can be made available to potential global partners on request to contact@labhya.org

Impact & scalability

Impact & Scalability

Labhya Foundation offers social and emotional learning programs for children in vulnerable contexts. By partnering with governments, multilateral organizations and non-profits, Labhya Foundation is showing a great and sustained impact in children’s lives and creating a systemic change across public education systems.

HundrED Academy Reviews
High scalability evidenced by data, global engagement, and membership within India. Additionally, the clarity of the purpose and values enhances the innovation and the potential for greater scalability beyond India, engaging with wider SEL community.
By formalizing SEL into the regular school curricula this initiative can have a great long-last impact on millions of children. Independent studies have collected data that support their effort to build healthier learning environments.
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Labhya Foundation - Harvard Innovation Labs
India, which has long focused on student success, now offers ‘happiness’ classes
India, which has long focused on student success, now offers ‘happiness’ classes
A Delhi, les enfants apprennent le bonheur à l’école
Dalai Lama launches 'Happiness Curriculum' for Delhi govt schools, to include meditation, value education till Class 8-India News , Firstpost
These Indian schools are giving lessons in happiness
To Focus On Students' Emotional Well-Being, India Tries 'Happiness Classes'
Melania Trump attends ‘Happiness Class’ in govt school, says curriculum inspiring
Nexus of Good: Driven by motivation
Fomer Secretary of Education for India, Anil Swarup discusses Labhya and our work in detail in this article. He discusses the importance of emotional resilience and breaks down the outcomes of our program. Link to article - http://www.millenniumpost.in/opinion/nexus-of-good-driven-by-motivation-445803?infinitescroll=1
Delhi's Education Minister Discusses the Importance of the Happiness Curriculum
Manish Sisodia, Education Minister of Delhi discusses the importance of the Happiness Curriculum with Richa Gupta, Co-Founder of Labhya Foundation. Article covering the discussion can be found here - https://www.hindustantimes.com/education/happiness-curriculum-aims-at-making-students-lifelong-learners-says-sisodia/story-PGBXfX0KftxyS5aUcjlESO_amp.html

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