India Partnership for Early Learning (IPEL)

Improving Foundational Learning Service Delivery at Primary Schools

India Partnership for Early Learning (IPEL) is a USAID funded five-year project which is being implemented in India in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Uttar Pradesh (UP), and Municipal Corporation of Delhi (to a limited extent). CARE seeks to transform foundational learning service delivery for primary schools in 137 districts, reaching 330,519 Anganwadi Centers (AWCs), 181,528 public primary schools, and over 66.5 million public school children (age 3-8) during the project period.

The project aims to ensure children (by grade 2/3) acquire

  • Reading with comprehension (in any vernacular language) and fluency
  • Ability to solve two- digit subtraction
  • Ability to handle and express emotions

Why Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN)?

Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) is the fundamental building block in a child’s educational journey. It covers children (both boys and girls) from Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) to early grades (grade 1 and 2/3), aiming towards holistic development and learning.

Ministry of Education, GoI launched a national mission to ensure learning at foundational stage through NIPUN BHARAT — National Initiative for Proficiency in reading with Understanding and Numeracy. The mission aims to ensure that every child achieves Foundational Literacy and Numeracy by grade 3 by 2026-27.

Intervention Approach

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Key Features

The IPEL Project is working at national, state, district, and community levels on improving learnings gaps, with special emphasis on those who are disadvantaged and are faced with emergencies. The project aims to improve children’s cognitive development, socioemotional skills (including sensitivity, cooperation, and collaboration habits), and creative expressions alongside improving their literacy and numeracy skills at the foundational levels.

  • Comprehensive reporting systems.
  • Gender & Social Inclusion- Address the deep-seated issues of inequity pertaining to gender, school related gender-based violence (GBV) and social inclusion.



66.5 Million

School children (age 3-8)


Primary Schools


Anganwadi centres

Expected Results

  • Develop instructional learning materials and Foundational Literacy and Numeracy (FLN) standards and build capacity of teachers and students to use them.
  • Empower academic institutions to provide inclusive foundational learning contents and skills-based training.
  • Increase states’ capacity for planning.
  • Assist parents, caregivers, School Management Committees (SMC), and local government to better understand the importance of foundational learning, giving them access quality materials to help children learn and ensure resource mobilization and accountability across SMCs and local governments.

Launched in 2021 Consortium of four organizations led by CARE INDIA

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