Three broad wings of IGNUS have evolved over the years. IGNUS-ERG is the professional consulting wing. IGNUS-PAHAL(‘pahal’ = initiative) is a large teachers’ network with around 10,000 practicing teachers who constantly seek to improve their classrooms and schools. The third wing would be IGNUS-OUTREACH, which intends to develop and disseminate low-cost high quality material for teachers.
IGNUS members are not really recruited in the usual sense but ‘make themselves evident’ by delivering high quality, effective education or teacher training or development activities in difficult circumstances, and displaying the enthusiasm and willingness to share with and empower others.
IGNUS-ERG’s clients include:
- Governments and government programmes: Government of India, over 20 state governments in India, the governments of Afghanistan and Bangladesh; programmes such as Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mahila Samakhya, DPEP, Bihar Education Programme, UP-Basic Education Programme, Lok Jumbish
- INGOs and NGOs: CARE, CRS, NEG-FIRE, Room to Read, CEE, Sarvodaya Ashram, Rajasthan Mahila Kalyan Mandal
- International bodies: Unicef, Unesco, DFID, EU, USAID, World Bank
Apart from India, IGNUS members have worked in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Laos, Nepal, North Korea (DPR Korea), Sri Lanka, and Tanzania.