Vega Schools & Design for Change listed in the most prestigious Top 100 K-12 education innovation list of hundrED

HundrED, a Finland based non-profit, selects 100 inspiring innovations in K-12 education from around the world annually. Vega Schools, Design For Change, Project DEFY, Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and The Museum School from India feature in the 2017 list.



HundrED, a Finland based non-profit, selects 100 inspiring innovations in K-12 education from around the world annually. The first collection of 100 innovations was released on October 4 in Helsinki. Vega Schools, Design For Change, Project DEFY, Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLE) and The Museum School from India feature in this list.

To celebrate the release of the 100 innovations, hundrED has organized an innovation summit for the world’s leading education innovators at Helsinki, Finland. Last year, hundrED had showcased 100 great innovations from Finland. All insights and best practices are documented, packaged and shared with the world for free.

The ones that made the list had to adhere to strict search criteria. HundrED's research team analyzed all innovations to find out if they were addressing a problem from a new perspective, if they provided real impact, and if they could work somewhere else and scale. Over 1000 innovations were researched and interviewed by expert researchers and then analysed further by an academic advisory panel. The range of the innovations chosen span 41 countries.

The best thing about this initiative is that you can find out more about each and every innovation on their own page, complete with step-by-step instructions on how to implement them where you are.


Here is a brief on the five Indian innovations in K-12 education featuring in the first hundrED global innovations list:

Design For Change (DFC)

The vision of Design for Change is to ensure, by design, that all children grow with the “I can” mindset – the belief that they are not helpless, that change is possible and that they can drive it.

According to hundrED, "Design for Change is very contextual. It can be replicated and used in multiple ways to teach content and inspire children to participate in projects and become self-aware. It is the simplicity of the framework that allows so much innovation to happen. The programme develops problem-solving skills, critical thinking and a high level of empathy."

Learn more about DFC at

Project DEFY: Design Education for Yourself

At Project DEFY: Design Education for Yourself, the mission is to change the way people think and ignite individual passions so students can believe in their abilities to educate themselves, others and their communities.


"The concept of Nooks flips the power dynamics of education, and returns it to the people. It breaks the quality spectrum created in a linear increment with economic status, by mainstream education, and democratizes learning bringing it to its simplest necessities – needs and interests – of individuals and communities," says hundrED.

Learn more about Project DEFY at

Self Organized Learning Environments (SOLEs)

SOLEs grew from Sugata Mitra’s “Hole in the Wall” experiment in New Delhi which recognised the potential for self-organised learning. This developed into the understanding that, with access to the internet, groups of children can learn almost anything by themselves. From India the idea spread to the UK, then to the US and beyond.

According to hundrED, "There are no limits to this approach which makes it very exciting! All you need is broadband, collaboration and encouragement. It is then fascinating to see how much children can learn themselves without any direct instruction."

Learn more about SOLE at


The Museum School, Bhopal

The Museum School reduces educational inequality by bringing school to underprivileged children in the form of their local museums, giving them high quality infrastructure, teachers and materials, as well as access to a whole world of knowledge!

Although museums are an invaluable source of knowledge, Indian museums had never been included in mainstream education on a regular basis. While museums struggle to get visitors’ footfalls everyday, underprivileged children struggle to get quality education everyday. HundrED includes The Museum School in the global innovation list as it matches the two needs in a unique effort to provide quality education for underprivileged children.

Learn more about The Museum School at

Vega Schools

Vega is a school thoughtfully designed to facilitate Project-Based Learning with a school culture centered on flat leadership, collaboration and international sharing.

According to hundrED, "Vega is inspirational and encourages dynamic interaction with people around the world."


Learn more about Vega at

We congratulate all innovators who have been included in this year's hundrED innovations showcase and are excited to share this with our readers.

The complete list of 100 inspiring innovations that are changing the face of K-12 education today can be seen here –

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