"Change takes time. But, it also takes people."
Sharad Sagar, Founder and CEO, The Dexterity Global Group
Founded in 2008, Dexterity Global is enabling a generation of young citizens to redefine education and reclaim leadership. Through programmes that reach the remotest towns and villages, the organization impacts nearly 6.5 million young people every year — building the next generation of leaders for India and the world across different disciplines.
For its mission, work and vision, Dexterity Global is listed on the global Forbes 30 Under 30 List, included in Rockefeller Foundation's Top 100 Next Century Innovations, inducted in Queen’s Young Leaders list, and been invited to the Obama White House, the Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony, the World Bank Group and the United Nations.
Since its founding in 2008, Dexterity Global has built opportunity discovery and preparation platforms, talent identification programmes, capacity building programmes for teachers, parents and institutions, leadership development programmes, college access and career development programmes, experiential service education programs and emergency response programmes in the remotest of towns and villages of India.
The organization has enabled children and youth of all socioeconomic backgrounds to build themselves for the future, and inspire and uplift their local communities by using their education to solve some of the most pressing problems of our times.
Dexterity at a glance
The Dexterity Theory of Change
Education rooted in purpose
Through an ecosystem of educational programmes, the organization trains millions of children and youth with an education rooted in purpose and problem-solving — enabling young people to use their education to solve problems of the present times.
Leadership rooted in service
Dexterity enables young people to identify "servant leadership" as the goal of their education. Dexterity alumni — as true servant leaders — dedicate their lives to solving some of the most pressing problems of our times.
The Opportunity Superhighway
Our young people in the smallest of towns and villages and even in big cities face the lack of information and opportunities. Dexterity Global has pioneered the concept of an "Opportunity Superhighway." Through a widespread network of schools, libraries, nonprofits, media houses and influencers, Dexterity reaches opportunities to children directly in their classrooms, homes and phones, offering them a pathway to be rewarded and recognised at the highest levels and grow as leaders in different fields.
The gap between education and leadership
Through an ecosystem of educational programmes, Dexterity Global is enabling a generation of young citizens to bridge the gap between their education and leadership — redefine their education and reclaim their leadership, inspire and uplift others by their example and serve India and the world through their education.
Local Role Models
Dexterity builds local role models in local communities that need them the most and have them the least — young people with similar backgrounds, who went to the same school as others and lived in the same streets — who can increase the level of aspiration and achievement across our schools and communities and serve their local communities as true servant leaders.
For every child, not just a few
Dexterity Global is recognized for pioneering a financial aid policy “Pay only if you can.” The policy ensures that all students irrespective of their socioeconomic background, family income or pin code get access to all Dexterity Global programmes — more than 80% of Dexterity alumni come from low-income families and receive financial aid.
Through educational opportunities and training, Dexterity is powering next-generation leaders.
Dexterity's work at a glance.
Connecting remotest children and institutions with global educational opportunities
Dexterity's opportunity discovery and preparation platform reaches information and opportunities across schools and communities till the last mile — increasing levels of access, aspiration and achievement for over 6.5 million children annually.
Training the next generation in new age skills, knowledge and competencies
From reimagining learning and teaching to equipping students, parents and teachers with new age skills, knowledge and competencies, Dexterity's in-person and online training programmes equip over 2.2 million people across rural and urban India to excel in an ever-changing world. .
Training and supporting educators and institutions
Dexterity trains teachers and educators and supports under-resourced educational institutions across remote towns and villages of India — building and expanding their capacity to offer new-age education and groom citizen leaders for India and the world.
Building servant leaders for India and the world
Through leadership development programmes, Dexterity builds the character, temperament and expertise of young citizens — building problem-solving servant leaders who dedicate their lives to serving some of the most pressing problems of our times.
Fostering a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship
Dexterity programmes foster a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship in children and youth who solve pressing problems, build startups, raise capital and continue to be at the fore of change across India and the world through their innovative ideas and organizations.
Enabling college access on full scholarships
Dexterity is enabling a generation of leaders from humble beginnings to receive an education at some of the world's most prestigious universities. Dexterity alumni have received a total of 488 million INR in scholarships from universities around the world.
Introducing Indian thought in global academia
Dexterity equips thought leaders across different disciplines who power Indian thought, wisdom, philosophies and perspectives in the global academia. Dexterity alumni have written and presented over 1000+ research papers at global forums — serving as ambassadors of Indian thought in global academia.
Enabling smoother transitions to college, career and workplaces
Through a dedicated career dedicated programme, Dexterity trains young leaders to excel in college careers and professional careers and instills 21st century skills needed to succeed in college and at the workplace.
Reintroducing the ancient Indian idea of seva in the present-day education and leadership
Dexterity builds dedicated servant leaders who internalize the meaning of seva in their daily lives and profession. These servant leaders move forward in their careers making seva as goal of life — do seva in every day life, through their professions and in times of crises.
Strengthening local communities and neighbourhoods through meaningful seva activities
Through a Seva Curriculum, service education programmes and crisis-time training kits, Dexterity enables servant leaders across India to better prepare themselves as first responders during times of natural and human-caused calamities. These servant leaders serve communities sometimes even our governments fail to serve and dedicate themselves to a lifetime of service and leadership.
Identifying and developing young talents in remote districts
Dexterity builds talent identification programmes to identify talent at a young age and nurture them to become global leaders across different fields. Since its founding, the organization has offered a platform to over 772,000 young people in remote towns and districts of India and groomed young talents otherwise left unidentified and un-nurtured.
Leading the conversation on education and leadership
From remote towns and villages of India to national and global forums, Dexterity Global engages in effective thought leadership to shape the local, national and global conversation around education and leadership and enable government agencies, international organizations, corporations and non-profits to engage in leadership building across different sectors.
Allocating financial aid for a democratized education
Dexterity's pioneering financial aid policy "Pay only if you can." offers every child an equal opportunity to gain access to a world-class education and contribute to nation-building — irrespective of socioeconomic background, family income or pin code. More than 80% of young people accessing Dexterity Global's programmes receive financial aid.
"Dexterity Global promotes active citizenship amongst high school students in India, encouraging students to think through social challenges...”
The Rockefeller Foundation