The BETI Foundation was established in March 2000 as a part of Project on Girls’ Education being coordinated by the Academy for Educational Development, AED Washington, with financial support from the Global WID-TECH (Women In Development Technology) Funds of USAID.
Through a task order to the WID-TECH/AED Project, USAID/India requested that a Girls’ Education Resource Center with a statewide outreach be created in Lucknow to provide innovative and sustained advocacy for girls' education in Uttar Pradesh (UP). In a Strategic Planning Forum in July 1999, a wide spectrum of educational stakeholders in Lucknow, viz., Government, NGOs, donor agencies, autonomous bodies, media representatives, and individual educationists, endorsed the importance of a State Level Resource Center and carved out the scope, focus and work interventions of the Centre, thus defining a local mandate for setting up the Better Education Through Education (BETI) Foundation.
The formal launch of BETI on 9th May 2000 was preceded by a month long series of intensive activities, commencing on the 6th of April, centered on promoting girls' education, through a collaborative partnership of all relevant stakeholders including children themselves. The extent, visibility and success of these activities were due to the committed ownership and active partnership of the civil and social sectors around the issues of girls' education.