What we do

Improving the quality of education primarily in India, South Africa and Mexico

Since the Trust’s inception in 2006, Maitri has evolved from being a generalist funder to one that is more focused and more strategic.

Our remit today is based on the belief that high quality education for every child is the keystone to eradicating poverty and creating fairer and more socially responsible societies.

Through our partners, we strive to improve the quality of education at a systems level, primarily in India, South Africa and Mexico. We work with high quality, high impact non-profit organisations providing training and capacity building within the education sector, which indirectly impacts multiple beneficiaries and which has the potential to lead to systemic change (for example teacher training).

If you are planning for a year, sow rice; if you are planning for a decade, plant trees; if you are planning for a lifetime, educate people. Chinese proverb

School enrolment rates in the developing world have increased considerably over recent years and access to education is no longer the problem it once was. However, whilst many more children are going to school, large numbers, particularly those from disadvantaged communities, are leaving school without even basic skills. Attention now needs to focus on what is happening inside the classroom.

The impact of the teacher is widely acknowledged to be one of the major factors affecting student outcomes. We seek to improve the motivation and skill levels of teachers and all those involved directly or indirectly in the delivery of education. That means we support programmes across the system, working with classroom teachers, headteachers, school management teams, school governing bodies, parents, district education officials and governments.

Improving an education system is complex and there are no quick solutions. We are prepared to back new innovations or young organisations who have yet to see results from their work.  We know that not all initiatives will succeed but see value in the learning that comes from them.

Maitri does not fund organisations with explicit religious objectives or where all staff and board positions are not open to all sections of society irrespective of race, colour, gender, age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or belief. Maitri sources partners through its own networks and does not accept unsolicited applications.