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The Virtual Open School project is implemented in partnership with Pratham, India’s largest education non-governmental organization. It aims to identify and test a model for large-scale, online provision of quality secondary level education in rural areas in an economically sustainable way. The project will target children at risk of dropping out aged 12-16 years with support for Math and English. It is designed to:

  • To leverage technology to connect children in poorly served areas with high-quality teachers over the internet;
  • To combine intensive tutoring by a high-quality teacher with self-paced learning (through structured access to content) and study the resulting improvements in learning outcomes (measured against average current and desired learning outcomes);
  • To document the learning levels and pedagogical needs of children in low-quality learning environments;

To enable children to complete (and improve their performance) K12 schooling; and

  • To create a replicable model for delivery of quality education that can be scaled up through existing schools, or through a franchisee model at an affordable cost.

Other Solutions Initiatives

  • Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project

    The Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP) is an SDSN Solution Initiative co-founded with the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI) to prepare national low-emission development pathways to 2050, consistent with limiting the rise in global temperatures to well below 2°C, as agreed in the Paris Agreement on climate change.

  • Agricultural Transformation Pathways initiative

    This SDSN Solution Initiative aims to provide support to countries in choosing realistic targets that are congruent with the new SDGs and developing technology and socio-economic roadmaps for meeting selected targets.

  • USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI)

    Building on ongoing municipal sustainable development planning efforts, the USA Sustainable Cities Initiative (USA-SCI) is supporting SDG achievement strategies in three pilot US cities: New York (New York), Baltimore (Maryland), and San Jose (California).

  • Reconciling Development Data

    The process of data reconciliation, which stitches together multiple related datasets, can increase the efficiency and achieve a level of specificity hitherto unavailable to most statistics offices.

  • Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative: SDG Implementation in a Metropolitan Context

    The Rio Sustainable Cities Initiative recognizes that comprehensive sustainable urban development necessitates local and national cooperation. Holistic planning cannot be confined to local boundaries. This is particularly important as cities strive to achieve the urban sustainable development goal (SDG 11), to make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.

  • The World in 2050

    The World in 2050 (TWI2050) is a global research initiative in support of a successful implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda. The goal of TWI2050 is to provide the fact-based knowledge to support the policy process and implementation of the SDGs.