Subscribe Our Newsletter


The RightWalk Story

How do you end inequities in society and build an inclusive society? You start with education!

Access to quality education can help children escape poverty and create a ripple effect that lasts for generation.

Notwithstanding the inequities in the society, what really scared us was when such inequalities percolate down to our school system and classrooms of little children where we build future citizens. Societal stratification reflected in classrooms further perpetuate the societal divide. The major problem with Indian Schools is not lack of teachers or their unions but poverty and socioeconomic segregation. Such stratified and exclusive classrooms do not provide conducive environment for poor to achieve outcome.

Just over a couple of years ago, troubled by the stark inequality between children born with privileges and those for whom even basic necessities of life would be luxury, to stand for children from the economically weaker sections and disadvantaged groups, Samina Bano, Founder and Director, RightWalk Foundation, left a comfortable lifestyle in the United States, where she was working as a management consultant in a leading consulting firm.

2012

In 2012, Samina started BAF (Bharat Abhyudaya Foundation), to spearhead the implementation movement of RTE, primarily section 12(1)(C) in the state at policy as well as execution level

2013

In 2013, BAF under Samina’s leadership brought varied stakeholders of RTE under a common roof, and created an interface between the U.P. Govt. and the stakeholders

2014

In 2014, BAF under Samina’s leadership organized an RTE roundtable, which was a unique and the first of its kind initiative, resulting in ground implementation of RTE 12(1)(C)

2015

Samina’s intervention facilitated seamless RTE admissions leading to the beginning of a historical change with 3,891 admissions across 26 districts. BAF also and facilitated a 24×7 helpline number

2016

2016 witnessed a huge success with 17,209 admissions across 26 districts across Uttar Pradesh. Also, Samina was conferred the A.P.J. Abdul Kalam award for innovation in Governance the same year

2017

The vision of BAF was carried forward to RightWalk Foundation in a major organizational restructuring effort. Also, RWF institutionalized the entire admission process by building an online digital system

  • People Behind The Change

    Samina BanoFounder & Director

    Ashoka fellow 2015, IIM Bengaluru PGP'10, TEDx Speaker, Board Member of IIM B'lore Social Entrepreneur Cell, Women Super Achiever awardee, Kalam Innovation in Governance awardee, eminent jury for U.P.'s esteemed Manthan Awards

    Aamir HusainAdvisory Board

    An inspiring and enthusiastic social entrepreneur, with 3 years of domestic and international experience working with Michelin Tires. Holds a B-Tech in electronics and instrumentation from Vellore Institute of Technology.

    Reem AshrafAdvisory Board

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Arshul MohammedCommunication Lead

    A passionate social worker, with 8 years of professional experience working with various private and govt. organizations. Holds a B-Tech in ECE from SRMIST, Chennai.

    Akanksha SinghProject Associate

    An inspiring and enthusiastic I.A.S. aspirant, with 2 years of professional experience working with Cognizant. Holds a B-Tech in electronics and communication from BBD IST.

    Nandini SinghHuman Resources

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Dr. Rakhi Mishra

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Shruti Nigam

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Hassan Abdin

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Sumit Singh

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.

    Kamal Yadav

    Lorem Ipsum is simply dummy text of the printing and typesetting industry. Lorem Ipsum has been the industry's standard dummy text.