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New Education Group – Foundation for Innovation and Research in Education (NEG-FIRE) is a knowledge based development organization promoting quality education for children from the marginalized communities of India. Through value-based partnership with local NGOs and community groups, we complement the educational processes in government schools that leads to greater levels of inclusion in schools and increased learning outcomes among children. We believe in creating a collaborative and sustainable model for ensuring quality education to children – a system which includes combined efforts and initiatives from us, our local partner NGOs, government departments, community groups, teachers and parents. Our model also aims at providing opportunity for the community members to suggest additional measures for enhancing the quality of education for their children.

Access to quality education in government schools can have an irrevocable effect on a child's future,it can transform their life, helping them have a brighter future that has better opportunities. This not only brings them at par with other individuals of their age, but also helps them in growing personally and become economically independent. When everyone has an equal chance at moving up the economic ladder, it has positive ripple effects on the society at large! We eventually want these children to get educated, become independent and confident individuals contributing to the betterment of the entire community, and each one of us has a part to play in this journey towards a brighter tomorrow.

We recognize the immense talent, skill and knowledge these children possess. And when given relevant and timely opportunities for growth and learning, they are ready to work hard, to put their best foot forward, to spread their wings and fly! The happiness on their faces when given an opportunity – a book to read, a pencil to write, a crayon to draw or a ball to throw around, is what drives us, is what motivates us and our partners every day to do what we are doing.

Our Vision

NEG-FIRE aims to transform the lives of children from marginalised communities through education and by strategic partnership with local NGOs and community groups.

We promote quality education for children from marginalised communities resulting in social transformation in India while upholding the values of transparency, accountability, pluralism, equity, justice, peace and respect for all.

Our Mission


  • 2005

    • Transition from NEG to NEG FIRE as a new legal entity.
    • NEG-FIRE's mandate was to innovate a new trail to meet the challenges of bringing child-friendly.
    • Education to the marginalised communities in an effective way.
  • 2006-2007

    Strategic Direction developed and State/Regional consultations held for sharing the strategic directions 36 partners across 11 states and 41 districts of India sanctioned

  • 2007-2008

    • Safe spaces were created for 277 toddlers in the riot affected Juhapura, Gujarat, thus keeping fear out of these young minds and hearts.
    • Introduction of the Mother tongue Based Multi-Lingual Education program
  • 2008-2009

    • Piloting the Elimination of child labour programme in the quarry areas of Bundi in Rajasthan
    • Initiation of the Fellowship Program in Maharshtra
    • 1800 children in the riot affected area of Kandhamal were supported to appear for their board examinations.
    • Initiation of inter-state border areas in 2 selected border areas of Andhra Pradesh-Orissa and Madhya Pradesh-Chhattisgarh.
  • 2009-2010

    Launching of the Edu-leadership program in Uttar Pradesh

    • Development of two innovative programs – Play for Peace and Kala ke Sang, for holistic education of children.
    • A one-time enrichment support of Rs. 28,19,541 was disbursed to 35 partners working in 8 states which benefitted almost 36,000 children.
  • 2010-2011

    • New program on Education of children in Naxal-affected areas in Latehar district of Jharkhand was initiated.
    • Edu-leadership program reaches 3 new states – Andhra Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Odisha.
    • Initiation of inter-state border areas in 2 more selected border areas of Bihar-Jharkhand and Rajasthan-Gujarat
  • 2011-2012

    Development of Cultural Expressions Curriculum for holistic education of children by the integration of art, crafts, music and dance in the teaching methodology.

    Initiation of Early Childhood Care and Development (ECCD) Community Watch program wherein community members learn about their young children's rights to care, nutrition and education

  • 2012-2013

    • ECCD made one of the core focus areas across all programmes.
    • Bilingual books produced to help children in better understanding.
  • 2013-2014

    We were successful in re-enrolling 1370 dropped-out children and is continuously monitoring their educational performance

    • 338 Mata Samitis were formed (and are functional) and 446 SMC's were activated
    • 216 Anganwadi workers received training on school preparedness
    • 661 Edu-volunteers were identified and trained on RTE and school preparedness
  • 2014-2015

    Completed a decade of successful 'transformation through education' intervention

    • Developed MB-MLE material in 8 tribal languages
    • NEG-FIRE now works in 28 districts in 11 states of India
    • We received an award from Guidestar India titled 'Platinum Certificate of Transparency'
    • We have also been included in the first list of the credible NGO's selected by the National Foundation for Corporate Social Responsibility, Indian Institute of Corporate Affairs.
  • 2016

    • Upgraded our Lucknow project office into a Northern regional office that supports partners in U.P, Bihar and Jharkhand.
    • Upgraded to a new user-friendly and creative website and are now also active on social media such as Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.
    • Awarded ‘Best use of innovation in the education sector’ at the World CSR Congress.
    • Development of module on 11 step pedagogy to guide the Anganwadi workers for better functioning of the Anganwadi centre.
    • Development of a hand book for the teachers and edu-volunteers on Khel se Mel – Inclusion through play.
  • 2017

    • Addition to our MTB-MLE pool by initiation of development of books in Korku tribal language.
    • We have created 287 Treasure Houses across our 439 villages in India. 80 Treasure Houses have been established in 2017-2018.
    • Training manuals developed for teachers and key Resource Persons promoting MTB-MLE and social inclusion.
    • Signed an MoU with Rajya Shiksha Kendra, Govt. of MP on teachers training
    • Development of the Strategy Document for 2018-2023
  • 2018

    • Developed Digital Library, named as First Language First, as a repository of MTB-MLE books
    • Revised education for Social Inclusion Strategy for Musahar Community in Bihar
    • A study was conducted on Exclusionary Practices in Schools in Bihar
    • Developed 20 MTB-MLE books in Korku language
  • 2019

    • The government of Madhya Pradesh initiated to replicate the pedagogy on MTB-MLE in 24 tribal districts
    • Thematic collaboration on education for social inclusion with Department of Education, Magadh University, Bihar
    • We received an award from World CSR Day & World Sustainability titled as North India Leadership Awards


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Certification AND Recognition

Government Collaboration

  • Approval letter of teachers training in Gaunaha Bihar June 2022
    May 2022
  • MoU with Tribal Cultural Research & Training Mission, Andhra Pradesh (signed)
    February 2022
  • Teachers Training Approval Madhya Pradesh
    December 2021
  • Collaboration letter from COATS
    August 2021
  • MoU with Madhya Pradesh Government
    March 2021

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