Quest Alliance Annual Report 2022-23

Connecting The Dots


Looking Forward To Connect The Dots

We have had a remarkable year in India’s skill development and education ecosystems. Through numerous collaborative efforts, we achieved significant milestones in driving systemic change in the school-to-work ecosystem.

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One notable accomplishment was the launch of the Employability Skills curriculum, a joint initiative of the Future Right Skills Network and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Govt. of India. This curriculum has the potential to 2.5 million learners, empowering them for a brighter future. We are also making strides in Odisha, working on a coding and computational thinking curriculum that will soon be integrated into all state government schools, starting August 2023.

As we conclude our five-year strategic plan at the organizational level, we are preparing for the road ahead. The external realities, particularly climate change and the emergence of AI, pose both challenges and opportunities for the learning ecosystem. Floods, heat waves, and droughts are posing significant risks to education and skilling – increasing absenteeism, dropouts, and the loss of traditional jobs. Climate-induced migration and poverty are set to exacerbate existing vulnerabilities and create new ones.

AI and other technological advances will offer opportunities to enhance learning experiences. An approach that harnesses AI's potential, and ensures human-centric and non-technical skills like creativity, problem-solving, and critical thinking can unlock the potential of young learners.

While the future is quite uncertain, we believe it holds immense potential. The best possibility is to find the right balance between humans, nature and technology where young people can build solutions to make the world more dignified, equitable and inclusive. We advocate for Future literacy as a critical 21st-century skill. It is a skill that allows people to better comprehend the role of the future in their actions and decisions, empowering the imagination, enhancing our ability to prepare, recover and invent as changes occur – as defined by UNESCO – is critical for all stakeholders. As we navigate these challenges, we must co-create collective futures within the learning ecosystem. This calls for collective consciousness, questioning existing paradigms.

In light of these developments, our focus remains on connecting the dots within the learning ecosystem. We want to co-create collective futures for it. Together, we will embrace change, promote resilience, and create a more dignified, equitable, and inclusive space for India’s learners.

Thank you for your unwavering support and dedication to our shared vision.

Aakash Sethi
CEO, Quest Alliance


Transforming Learning Ecosystems

Quest’s learner-focused programs are designed to foster and build 21st-century skills among young people by bridging key gaps in the School-to-Work continuum.

Rooted in the practice of Self-Learning and powered by ed-tech, capacity-building, partner collaborations and advocacy, our aim is to create impact that changes lives.



The Schools program works to transform classrooms into vibrant, inclusive, 21st-century learning spaces for young learners -- especially girls -- in government middle and secondary schools.

411,513 Students from 2,776 Schools in 9 states across India.

Technical & Vocational Education & Training


The MyQuest program equips young people to build a self-learning mindset and acquire key 21st century skills, enabling them to make successful school to work transitions and prepare for the future workplace.

230,000+ youth in 26 states impacted this year.



Our work with educators aims to ignite learner-centered, high-impact designs, curricula, models, and practices. It focuses on driving comprehensive, meaningful, and enduring transformations among educators and leaders, resulting in holistic shifts that empower individuals in the learning ecosystem.

1,250 Educators across 25 partner organizations and govt. skilling institutes.

Quest 2 Learn

A go-to space for collaboration, innovation and knowledge sharing. It leverages collective and nuanced experiences across the education and skilling sectors to build and improve learning experiences.


Learning Innovations

A space for innovation and co-creation with intent and purpose - leveraging technology and data to design relevant and contextual learning experiences at scale, and with speed.


Scaling with the

Partnerships with 27 State governments and 1 central government.

A 3-year partnership with Govt. of Gujarat’s Samagra Shiksha Abhiyaan to build a scalable model on developing STEM mindsets for over 300,000 students. 

Under Govt. of Odisha's Kaushali (Skilling) Club, 1 million govt. high school students will use our 30-hour computational thinking and coding curriculum.
Joined Govt. of

Karnataka’s Karnataka Model School Pathway Programme (KMSPP), reaching 105 schools.

Launched a new Employability Skills curriculum with the Future Right Skills Network, Directorate General of Training (DGT) and the Ministry of Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, benefitting over 2.5 million students nation-wide.

Trained 3,250 Employability Skills trainers in 28 states and 8 union territories in collaboration with DGT, TATA Strive, Central Staff Training and Research Institute, and National Instructional Media Institute.


The Team at Quest

Throughout the year, our organization has focused on three core themes: [1] Nurturing leadership, [2] Fostering well being, inclusion, and equity, and [3] Maximizing the potential for transparency, recognition, and reflective learning.

To nurture new leaders, we formed 7 working groups to work collaboratively on key focus areas. Team members across levels, geographic locations and tenure in the organization are part of these groups. Each of these draw upon collective insights and solutions, instilling a sense of ownership, improving efficiency and allowing transparency for various change-management processes. We also promote peer learning and skill-building sessions that have helped nurture a thriving learning environment.

In the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a priority, we established a robust approach to ensure the well-being of our team. By actively listening to their needs, we instituted a hybrid policy enabling caretakers to balance work and personal life. This hybrid policy allows the team to work remotely for most of the month and work from the office or a field location for some part of the month.

Empowering high-performing team members to lead and facilitate organizational spaces, such as team meetings and skill shack sessions, has proven fruitful. Leveraging their expertise, these individuals contribute to our success and find fulfillment while creating environments that encourage reflection and continuous learning. To support employee growth journeys, the Reach for the Stars initiative emphasizes each member’s learning ownership.

270 Team Members

60% women in senior leadership roles

161:108:1  Gender ratio


1. Aga Khan Rural Support Programme (India)
2. Alombro Mayu Yaku Chi Amey Aroga (AMYAA)
3. American India Foundation Trust (AIF)
4. Ashalaya Trust
5. Ashankura
6. Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA)
7. Ashalaya Trust
8. Careship
9. Center for Development and Empowerment of Women Society (CDEW Society)
10. Centre for Education Developmental Research and Action (CEDRA)
11. Cohesion Foundation
12. Dasra
13. Digital Empowerment Foundation
14. Don Bosco Vazhikaatti Educational and Charitable Society
15. Dream a Dream
16. Foundation for His Sacred Majesty
17. Functional Vocational Training and Research Society (FVTRS)
18. Grassroot
19. Kaivalya Education Foundation
20. Little Flower Service Society
21. Navjeevan Trust
23. NEAID (North East Centre for Equity Action on Integrated Development)
24. NIIT Foundation
25. Nirmaan
26. Patang
27. Pro-rural
28. Quilon Don Bosco Society
29. Reaching Hand
30. SAFA Society
31. Salesian Sisters’ Society (India)
32. Sama Foundation
33. Sparsha Trust
34. St. Thomas Charitable and Educational Trust
35. St. Xavier Non-Formal Education Society (HDRC)
36. Student Partnership Worldwide India Project Trust
37. Sattva
38. The American India Foundation Trust (AIF)
39. The Association for Promoting Social Action (APSA)
40. The Quilon Don Bosco Society
41. Yuva Chintana Foundation

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