FNF Call for Proposal

The world is facing one of the biggest challenges of recent times with the breakout of Covid19 pandemic. The pandemic has not only created a health challenge but also multiplied to become an economic, social, and psychological challenge. One of its major victims is the education delivery to the children as the schools and educational institutions have been shut for the longest period of time and the uncertainty continues to revolve. India, which hosts sizeable population of school going children has schools closed down and therefore the delivery of educational services disrupted. The situation is resulting into children with learning deficit as well as children completely dropping out of education system.

The education delivery system with all its merits too has many flaws even in ordinary times, which have been identified and discussed widely. However, the inertia against change makes it difficult to try new methodologies during ordinary days. While the pandemic has caused immense problem, the crisis can also be taken as an opportunity to redesign the current mainstream education delivery system or even rethink the alternative ways of delivering learning outside a classroom.

FNF intends to explore and work in the education space in India. With regards to which, FNF would like to understand the status of education system in India. We would like to identify the space where FNF can contribute towards the most innovative, cost effective and efficient techniques of education delivery.

In lieu of same, FNF would like to have working paper written by an educationist who understands the education system in India and how it works on ground. We would like the paper to reflect on the challenges and identify unique space where FNF can contribute towards the better delivery of education in India.

The scope of the paper will cover:

1.       Overview of Status of education in India

- literacy rate both in rural and urban areas

- education system in India/overview of K-12 sector

- financial nature of education providers

- type of education

- school access and quality

- learning outcomes of private and public school

- relative costs of private and public school

2.       Challenges in the Indian Education system

3.       Quality of teaching

          - evaluation of teachers

          - accountability of teachers

          - teachers training

          - are teachers well paid

- are there any differences between quality of teachers in the public and private education sector/what are they

4.       Crises faced during pandemic

5.       Technology in education in India (scenario for technology use)

6.       Does Indian education system prepare students as entrepreneur?

7.       Government, NGOs and International NGOs education initiatives in India

8.       FNF contribution for education in India which creates maximum impact on ground
9.       Other German players in the field of education in India? Brief of organization and work they are doing under education
10.      Are there special features of the Indian educational system, that might be of interest in Germany?

We expect the paper to be of maximum 12 pages.


The paper should be submitted within one month from signing of contract.


Kindly send in a motivation note along with your credentials and remuneration expectation at nupur.hasija@freiheit.org no later than 20 September, 2020. Only short-listed applicants may be contacted for further discussion. Please reach out to the email address above in case of any concerns.

About FNF

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom (FNF) is an international non-profit foundation with over 60 offices around the globe. FNF was founded in 1958 and is headquartered in Potsdam, Germany. It works on the issues of human rights, market economy, urban governance and digital transformation through its partners. The Regional Office, South Asia is based in New Delhi. For information visit: www.southasia.fnst.org.