The Paris-based Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) is one of the world's leading forums for good ideas, a sort of international policy shop that gathers and disseminates solutions to problems shared by many societies around the world. Education is a key concern for the OECD, because it is inextricably linked to economic development and the growth of healthy civil societies.
Ramji Raghavan, founder and chairman of the Agastya International Foundation, recently spoke at the OECD about Agastya's path-breaking work to spark creativity in children from disadvantaged rural areas of his native India. For over a decade, the Agastya Foundation has sent mobile science labs into remote villages all across southern India, providing hands-on lessons in science, ecology, and the arts. It has reached millions of children, and several of its students - including many first-generation learners - have gone on to win top honors at the prestigious Intel-IRIS Science Competition in India. Today, the program is expanding its footprint into several states in northern India, as well.
Here is a link to a blog on Ramji Raghavan's talk at the OECD.