About Us

Our Story

Peepul (registered as Absolute Return for Kids) is a society registered in India. Formerly known as ‘Ark India’, we have been operating in the country since 2010. Our aim is to improve the quality of education being provided in government schools, and to show that every child can succeed, regardless of background.

Peepul is incubated and supported by Ark Ventures – part of the UK based education charity ‘Ark’. The group identifies and supports potential organisations that strive to bring systemic change in education and society.

Our Story

Peepul (registered as Absolute Return for Kids) is a society registered in India. Formerly known as ‘Ark India’, we have been operating in the country since 2010. Our aim is to improve the quality of education being provided in government schools, and to show that every child can succeed, regardless of background.

Peepul is incubated and supported by Ark Ventures – part of the UK based education charity ‘Ark’. The group identifies and supports potential organisations that strive to bring systemic change in education and society.

Our Mission: Systemic Change

We are a non-profit organization empowering underprivileged children through quality education. And we achieve this by going to the root of the issue: teaching methods in classrooms.

With progressive education programmes, we are here to take teaching in government schools to a new level. We partner with both government and non-government agencies to bring our initiatives to light.

Our Mission: Systemic Change

We are a non-profit organization empowering underprivileged children through quality education. And we achieve this by going to the root of the issue: teaching methods in classrooms.

With progressive education programmes, we are here to take teaching in government schools to a new level. We partner with both government and non-government agencies to bring our initiatives to light.

Who We Work For

Children

They are at the core of all we do. We exist to give every child, regardless of their background, a great education and real choices in life.

Parents

We partner with parents and empower them with information so that they can serve as key advocates of their children’s education and hold schools accountable for learning outcomes.

Government

We seek to be a game changer for government schools by building teacher capacity along with a replicable curriculum.

What’s in our name?

Our organization is named after the Peepul tree, which holds great significance in Indian culture. Considered to be the tree of wisdom, it is believed that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. The imposing tree once served as a setting for open classrooms, and classes under it are still commonplace in India. The multiple leaves and branches of the tree ensure a nurturing ecosystem while its deeply embedded roots form a strong foundation.

The name also sounds like ‘people’, highlighting the fact that we are a people-centric organization with a people first approach. We put children and education at the forefront of everything and also believe that empowering teachers can truly transform the education system.

What’s in our name?

Our organization is named after the Peepul tree, which holds great significance in Indian culture. Considered to be the tree of wisdom, it is believed that Lord Buddha attained enlightenment under this tree. The imposing tree once served as a setting for open classrooms, and classes under it are still commonplace in India. The multiple leaves and branches of the tree ensure a nurturing ecosystem while its deeply embedded roots form a strong foundation.

The name also sounds like ‘people’, highlighting the fact that we are a people-centric organization with a people first approach. We put children and education at the forefront of everything and also believe that empowering teachers can truly transform the education system.

Peepul Growth Journey

July 2015

We open our first school in India in partnership with the South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) at Lajpat Nagar III, New Delhi.

August 2015

Our direct intervention and quality change sees enrollment jump from 9 to 120.

July 2016

Our enrollment increases to 230.

October 2016

Our library and smart classroom are inaugurated by the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi at the time, Mr. Najeeb Jung.

April 2017

We have 370 children under our care from Classes KG to 5.

July 2017

2 new schools are added in Amar Colony and Jeevan Nagar with 95 new students each.

September 2017

Our Teacher Training Centre is inaugurated at our flagship school in Lajpat Nagar III.

November 2017

In the coming year, approximately 400 SDMC teachers will receive specialized and rigorous teacher training.