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School leadership for the 21st century

Rehnuma is an online training & research lab for school principals, by school principals. For principals of under-resourced schools who struggle to manage with limited resources, we provide 1:1 coaching, workshops & peer learning circles to help them build high-quality schools relevant to the 21st century. With principals, we Design Prototypes, Document and Disseminate school improvement solutions


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June 2022
My coach nudged me to set super goals and provided guided practice to help achieve them. I felt challenged throughout, and now I am more confident to innovate and to share my solutions.

About the innovation

Why did you create this innovation?

A national survey found that no principal completed leadership-focused training in 10 states (NITI Aayog 2019) and Indian school leaders have substantially lower skills than their peers in 7 countries (GSL 2020). 1.5 million school principals in India lack the knowledge, skills, and mindset required to manage schools that prepare 240 million Indian children for the 21st century.

How does your innovation work in practice?

The 3 pillars of Rehnuma are workshops, personalized coaching, and peer-learning communities.
Our incubator builds principals to design and share solutions for school transformation. This fosters a culture of innovation at the school & system level by enabling principals to lead educational change and decentralize school leadership. Rehnuma coaches guide principals to apply workshop learnings to start school transformation projects using their local knowledge and skillsets. These sustainable innovations are documented and scaled to principals of similar contexts through our content platform, peer-learning circles, and partnerships with district governments & NGOs.
In a survey conducted with 74 principals across India, nearly all found Rehnuma interventions to be practical & relevant to their context. 90% believed that their team had the capacity to implement them & 61% intended to implement between 5-10 such practices within their school.

How has it been spreading?

80+ principals have been coached with learnings from our 25 incubatees from impacting 100,000 students. We have formed a strategic alliance with 3 cities of Teach for India to certify fellows as school coaches who will lead principals to implement school improvement projects. Rehnuma was one of the 31 global initiatives published by UNESCO as a transformational innovation during COVID that could shape the future of education.
1) Digitize workshops and best practices into 12 self-learning courses for principals
2) Implement a large-scale pilot with 150 principals (affecting 135,000 children)
3) Create a school coach certification program to build the capacity of partner NGOs

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

If you are an education NGO, we would love to partner with you to integrate school leadership in your program. Furthermore, we can equip your team members to become school coaches who can drive innovations in your schools. Our content platform will be open to principals worldwide in 2023. Write to us at contact@barefootedu.com.

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