WHY? Purpose of Synergy Summit

The four ACTS of SYNERGY Summit are:


Act on ideas that lead to dramatic change


Commit to change, since the best is not enough


Transform practice using groundbreaking new ideas supported by evidence


Share responsible voices that add to our collective learning

Discover transforming new directions to achieve the goals of FLN, and help navigate the future of education


The New Education Policy 2020 of India places the highest importance on FLN, “The rest of this Policy will become relevant for our students only if this most basic learning requirement is first achieved.”

To this end, National Initiative for Proficiency in Reading with Understanding and Numeracy, or NIPUN Bharat scheme was launched in 2021 “to ensure that every child in India gains foundational numeracy and literacy by the end of Grade 3. NIPUN Bharat further focuses on transforming the monotonous education system into an integrated, enjoyable, all-inclusive and engaging.”

One more year without FLN can add to the disaster caused by the nearly two years of school closures. According to UNICEF, COVID has wiped out years of progress. Worldwide nearly 70% of the 10-year olds unable to read, write or do basic numeracy. According to Azim Premji University Survey, 82% of the children in India have lost at least one skill in literacy or numeracy.

The speed with which children learn is more relevant today than ever before. Typically, even after three years of being in school, or by the end of Grade 3, up to 75% of the children could not read pre-Pandemic.

A massive effort is thus required combined with new and highly disruptive methods of teaching and learning that clearly demonstrate they are effective in accelerating literacy, improving accountability, creating transparency and are joyful, all-inclusive and engaging. This requires collaboration at all levels, pilots of new ideas, and collection of evidence.

The Synergy Summit will focus on how to achieve these goals and accelerate Foundational Literacy and Numeracy for all children.

Top Learning, senior policymakers and bureaucrats, ambassadors, heads of international and national NGOs, corporations, donor-agencies, and change-makers from India and overseas will join ‘THE SYNERGY SUMMIT’. Attend the summit and help us create the model of change and leave NO ONE behind in the literacy movement.

Concept Note / Discussion Topics

The Need for Literacy Now

A Paradigm Shift in FLN


Shri Dharmendra Pradhan
Union Minister of Education
Dr. Abdulla Rasheed Ahmed
Minister of State for Education, Republic of Maldives
Sandeep Kumar Singh
Minister of State for Education (U.P.)
Dr. Sunita Gandhi
Founder & CEO, DEVI Sansthan
Dr. Payal Kannodia
Trustee, M3M Foundation
Dr. Aishwarya Mahajan
President M3M foundation
Lalit Mohan
President & Chief Operating Officer at SBI Foundation
Nixon Joseph
CEO, CLT India (Childrens Lovecastles Trust, Bengaluru)
Ashish Sahay
Head CSR & Strategic Initiatives H.P
Dr. Neelam Gupta
Founder President & CEO, Aroh Foundation
Thirumala Arohi
Senior Vice President, Head – Education, Training & Assessments Infosys Ltd.
Archana Joshi
Director, Deepak Foundation
Kamal Gaur
Deputy Director Programmes Education, Save the Children
Santosh Phad
Founder, Thinksharp Foundation
Alok Varma
Project Director, HCL Foundation
Anushree Mishra
Director of Programmes Plan International
Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja
Co-Managing Director, Central Square Foundation
Pradeep Kumar
Director, Programs and Partnerships at Worldreader
Dr. Swati Jha
Program Director American Indian Foundation
Nandita Raval
CORE team member, Piramal Foundation
Sourav Banerjee
Country Director, Room to Read


09:30 - 09:45 Welcome & Introduction
09:45 - 10:00 Video: Accelerating Learning for All
10:00 - 10:45 “A paradigm shift in FLN: Making India Literate & Numerate in months not years”- Dr. Sunita Gandhi, Former Economist, The World bank, Founder-CEO, DEVI Sansthan
10:45 - 11:00 Book Launch: Disruptive Literacy, A Call for Urgent Global Action, Bloomsbury, India
11:00 - 11:30 Address by Chief Guest, Shri. Dharmendra Pradhan, Hon’ble Minister of Education, Govt. of India
11:30 - 13:15 Plenary Session 1: Towards Universal FLN
13:15 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 16:30 Plenary Session 2: Towards universal FLN
16:30 - 17:00 Feedback & Networking
09:30-10:00 Welcome and Summary of Previous Day’s Proceedings
10:00-10:45 Address by Chief Guest Dr. Abdulla Rasheed Ahmed Hon’ble Minister of state education, Republic of Maldives
10:45-11:00 Video: A Paradigm Shift in Education, India's Low Performing Districts
11:00 -11.30 From Vision to Action: Dr. Sunita Gandhi, Former Economist, The World Bank, Founder-CEO, DEVI Sansthan
11:30-13:15 Plenary Session 3: Paradigm Shift in FLN, Systems Reform
13:15 -14:00 Lunch Break
14:00-16:00 Plenary Session 4: Towards Universal FLN
16:00-17:00 Felicitation, Signing of Manifesto & Close of Summit


DEVI Sansthan, 12 Station Road, Lucknow 226001, U.P. India

+91 740 840 6000



DEVI Sansthan (Dignity Education Vision International) is a non-profit organisation founded in Lucknow, India, to provide the dignity of quality education to underprivileged children and adults. Our vision is to achieve Universal FLN for all children by 2030, as envisioned by SDG 4. In this direction, we aim to make 10 million children and adults literate in India by 2030. Globally, we aim to make 1 billion learners literate through our Disruptive Literacy Partnership. Through its flagship Global Dream Disruptive Literacy program, DEVI is creating large-scale transformation by implementing research-based, swift, scalable and replicable methods and approaches to FLN.

DEVI Sansthan is founded by the educationist Dr Sunita Gandhi while working as an Economist at the World Bank in Washington D.C. She is the Hon. Chief Academic Advisor of City Montessori School, Lucknow, holds the Guinness Book Record for being the World's Largest School and is the recipient of the UNESCO Prize for Peace Education.

She was awarded Educator of the Year, 2015 by the India Book of Records and honoured with the Visionary of Uttar Pradesh by the government.