Founding Story

 

Nikita worked in different capacities as a journalist, lecturer and social worker before qualifying for the prestigious Union public Services commission. After spending over 3 years in various administrative positions in DRDO, Air headquarters and NCC directorate, Nikita felt the urge to do something beyond and left the service to work for various NGOs. She spent some time at Save the children India and Sahas Sports foundation. It was while working on a social project she came across night schools accidentally. What she saw and heard compelled her to start Masoom in 2008- an organization focused on improving the night schools. In 2006 Nikita initiated a participatory research project on Night Schools in Mumbai. The research was sponsored by Partners for Urban Knowledge Action and Research (PUKAR), an organisation that offers fellowships for young researchers to uproot socio-economic issues in Mumbai.

The report, “To Understand Educational Needs of Night School Students and Developing Methods to overcome them”, was completed in 2007.

The report concluded that night schools were failing to meet expectations and fulfill their potential. At the very least they demonstrated the need for improved resource and infrastructure, such as; notebooks, textbooks, science lab material, a library, evening nutrition, counseling service and career guidance. The outcome of the research naturally led to the realization that action needed to be taken to improve the night school system. This led to the conception of Masoom.

Masoom was registered as a Charitable Trust on 14th January 2008.

Masoom is presently working in 95 night schools of Mumbai, Pune, and other districts of Maharashtra. Masoom plans to reach out to 120 night schools by 2025 impacting 25,000 night school students in Maharashtra.

 

Vision

 

Empower, strengthen and transform night schools to ensure the youth learn better and earn better.

Mission

 

Enable night school students to achieve their full potential through educational and policy support leading to better skills and job opportunities.

Vision

 

Empower, strengthen and transform night schools to ensure the youth learn better and earn better.

Mission

 

Enable night school students to achieve their full potential through educational and policy support leading to better skills and job opportunities.

Board Members

 

 

NIKITA KETKAR

Founder, CEO

 

VIDYA SHAH

Trustee

 

VINEET V KETKAR

Trustee

DR. CHANDRASHEKAR BANGARGI

Trustee

SURYAKANT
DESHPANDE

Trustee

Team

 

Masoom is dedicated to quality education in night schools. By partnering with the Education Department of Maharashtra Government, Masoom is closer to facilitating its vision of bringing greater change to Night School education in India. Currently Masoom family consists of 56 team members and 96 teachers working at school level. Support of the team members has played a crucial role in enabeling Masoom to progress towards achieving its goal.

Organisation Structure

 

Life at Masoom

 

Being TRANSPARENT in all we do

Communicating honestly as a team member and partner; saying what we mean, and doing what we say.

Delivering ABOVE WHAT IS EXPECTED

Taking ownership of our duties to ensure excellence in outcomes, being a responsible custodian of funds entrusted to us, and giving our donors optimal value for their investment.

Cultivating a PARTICIPATIVE & INCLUSIVE atmosphere

Working together with all stakeholders, to serve our beneficiaries better as team members, ensuring that our actions are driven by values.

ENJOYING our work!

Reflecting passion at the workplace and in the community. Engaging with each other as a family, nurturing a warm and friendly atmosphere.

 

Night Schools

 

Masoom currently works with a total of 95 night schools in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar and Nagpur with the aim of further expansion. These schools are run by charitable trusts supported by the salary grant of the Education Department of the Maharashtra government.

Night Schools

 

Masoom currently works with a total of 95 night schools in Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar and Nagpur with the aim of further expansion. These schools are run by charitable trusts supported by the salary grant of the Education Department of the Maharashtra government.

Masoom schools in partnership are listed below :

Masoom's Evening Learning Centers:

Government Partners

 

The State Government Of Maharashtra

Skill Development Council of Maharashtra

Study Group of Maharashtra

State Government of Gujarat

State Government of Uttarakhand