Who are we?

Zaya is an organization built on a mission to change the education landscape around the world for the better.

Zaya was founded by Neil D’Souza, a former Cisco engineer and a 2013 Echoing Green Fellow. Our humble origins started in 2012 through a non-profit organization know as Teach A Class Foundation. After spending the initial years in Mongolia and Indonesia piloting his ideas for bringing online education resources to orphans, Neil started a social enterprise in 2013 in India. He named it after his first and most promising student, Airun Zaya.

In Mongolian, Zaya means “destiny.” We are a team of motivated educators, technologists, and social drivers who want to empower every child to achieve their destiny through education.

Our Approach

Google works toward an ambitious goal: to organize the world’s information for online consumers. Zaya’s goal may be even more ambitious. We are working to bring the world’s best content and curriculum to low-income learners across the world. While efforts like Khan Academy have created a mass of high quality educational content, this content rarely reaches low-income students in developing countries. The lack of connectivity, teachers with little technological familiarity, and difficulties working in existing classroom structures have so far been blocking educational institutions from benefitting from these resources.

This is where Zaya comes in. Zaya has developed an end-to-end, affordable Blended Learning model for the low-income Indian market, especially Low Cost Private School (LCPS). What is special about that?

    • Know how your students performed – every day – Built-in pre- and post-assessments covering every single learning objective of the Indian national curriculum in Maths and Science and broken and mapped on a per-lesson basis give you the power to act before the achievement gap emerges.
    • Benefit from digital content. Get World-class content through partnerships with top content creators all tagged to micro-objectives within the Indian curriculum
    • Our technology works – no matter where you are. Our technology can be used even by schools with no or limited internet connectivity and unstable power supply through the ClassCloud that stores and deploys content on-and-off-line within a localized hotspot
    • Technology does not replace the teacher. We support teachers in-school through professional training and coaching to enable the teacher benefit from and leverage technology in the classroom to increase student performance.