Batteries Made From Aloe Vera

The fast development in portable power-consuming gadgets is driving up global demand for battery cells. Every year, customers discard billions of batteries, all of which contain dangerous or corrosive chemicals. Some batteries include toxic elements such as mercury, lead, and lithium, which degrade into hazardous waste and pose health and ecosystem risks if they leach from landfills. […]

Learning for a Change

“Change is the result of all true learning.” – Leo Buscaglia The story of Saranya, a grade 8 student at Worli Naka Hindi Medium School in Mumbai, exemplifies this quote. Long ago, Saranya’s family migrated from Salem, Tamil Nadu, to Mumbai in search of better prospects. Her father, a school dropout, lost his ability to […]

Unlocking Lifelong Learning in Jammu and Kashmir

High up in the mountainous terrain of Pir Panjal in Jammu and Kashmir, the Road To School program, implemented by Learning Links Foundation, has successfully unlocked doors to lifelong learning for two young girls. Aimed at addressing the learning needs of children in rural, tribal and low-income communities, the Road To School initiative is being […]

A time to learn through Play during COVID-19 for Samay

Children all over the world are enduring disrupted routines during the lockdown triggered by COVID-19 and subsequent school closure. Underserved kids are especially faced with hardships and learning losses due to the economic and digital disparity. Samay (name changed) has also had it harder. The 13-year-old from Sagroli, Nanded in Maharashtra had a strictly routined […]

A systems approach to democratise quality education in India

  As an advisor to the Government of Jharkhand on public schooling, I spent the past year assessing schools of Ranchi District; interacting with children, teachers, and parents from some of the most remote and destitute parts of the country. 2020 did not just devastate our healthcare systems but it also brought education systems in […]

Village Girls Battled Society Rules to Ensure Access to Public Ground

Seema and her little sisters usually spent their evenings looking over the playground that was behind their house. They used to sit there together, braid each other’s hair and cheer silently for their two brothers who used to play football, and sometimes cricket. At times, their mother would scold them for sitting outside watching the […]