Loop was started by Vikrant and Md Anwar in June 2016. Ashish and Saahil joined in as other two co-founders in the following year.
It was in 2013 that all four of them crossed each other’s path. Saahil was the city director of Teach For India(TFI), Hyderabad then. Anwar was running MA Ideal School in one of the most marginalized community of Hyderabad. Both Vikrant and Ashish were teaching here as part of the TFI fellowship.
After completing his fellowship, Vikrant joined the school full time in 2014. Driven by Anwar’s vision to provide quality education in the community, they started working on school development. Tapping his 4+ years of banking experience, Vikrant helped Anwar in streamlining processes, setting leadership teams with accountability and training teachers.
In next 2 years, the school saw a positive transformation. This inspired other school leaders in the community. But there weren’t any organization whom these school leaders could approach to for support. Hence they approached Vikrant and Anwar to help them out. So, in June 2016, they started working with other schools by training teachers and supporting school leaders. It’s here when Ashish also joined the team. It started off as a project in couple of schools, but gradually as more schools started approaching for support Vikrant and Ashish decided to get involved in it full time. For next one year they supported 160+ teachers across 9 schools.
Towards end of the year, they noticed that the desired impact was still not there in spite of the hard-work. Realizing the need for more guidance, the team reached out to Saahil. With time, he became more and more involved and eventually became part of the team.
While doing our research during this period, we realized there are very few organizations in India working on school transformation and none in Hyderabad and nearby areas. Hence we decided to create our own organization and got registered as a trust. Thus Loop Education Foundation came into formal existence.