Heroes in Battle, Nation-Builders for Life

Our armed forces are the guardians of our land, water and skies. They are the first respondersin any situation of combat, whether protecting the nation from external threats, maintainingsecurity and stability during internal conflicts, running international peacekeeping missions, orcountering transnational terrorism. Every society owes an immense debt to its armed forces, aswell as their families, […]

LEARN ONE, LEARN ALL

Apart from being a major health crisis, the COVID-19 pandemic is also one of the biggest educational calamities in human history. The effect is seen not only in higher dropout rates but also in the disparity with respect to learning opportunities. The shift to online learning requires teachers and students to use personal technology devices […]

This School Is Empowering Students & Parents Alikeing

There are no less than 1000 schools of various hues on 150-kms route from New Delhi to Anupshahar, a small town on the banks of Ganga in Bulandshahar district in Western Uttar Pradesh. But, none like Pardada Pardadi School. The difference lies not only in school’s name but in everything it symbolises. In this exclusive […]

Aarohi : Making a better way for the future

Aarohi was founded by Oona and Sushil Sharma, a rural development specialist and a doctor, respectively in August 1992. With experience of social work in this region, they knew that life in the mountains was uncertain and difficult, but their love for this unique environment encouraged them to stay on. Aarohi’s mission is to create […]

Once A Child Labourer, Hero Helps Hundreds Of Homeless Get Care & Jobs

Anumuthu’s childhood was marred with poverty and struggle as a child laborer after he lost his father at only 7. Learning from his own experiences, today he provides dignity and care in the form jobs, medical attention, food and clothes to the homeless through his NGO Snehan. A few years ago, Puducherry-based Suresh (name changed) lost […]

Learners Today, Leaders Tomorrow

Jawhar, a rural taluka located in Palghar District of Maharashtra, has traditionally been inhabited by tribals, engaged in agriculture, getting by on their meagre earnings. Children and youth from Jawhar have faced a dual shock because of the COVID-19 pandemic – witnessing their family members grappling with the stress of migration and lost livelihoods, and […]

Making it happen: Indus Action

I had superannuated as Secretary, School Education and Literacy, Government of India in 2018 but it was difficult to get “disconnected” with this sector. And, when the invite came from Indus Action for the launch of a study they had conducted regarding the implementation of Section 12(1)(c) of Right to Education Act (RTE), I couldn’t […]

IT TAKES A VILLAGE TO RAISE A CHILD

Akshara has always believed in the power of strong engagement with the community way before it became fashionable and enshrined in the National Education Policy 2020 (NEP2020). And it was this power that we put to test in the 22-week period between May 1, 2021 and September 18, 2021. Akshara’s Education Volunteers and Gram Panchayat […]