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 […]

Bengal Teacher Turns Streets Into Classrooms, After School Shut Since Lockdown

“I would see children just loitering about the village. I wanted to make sure their learning doesn’t stop.” Please find the video on the link : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8po0_ASUDY A teacher from the tribal village of Joba Attpara in West Bengal’s West Bardhaman district has turned walls into blackboards and streets into classrooms, in an attempt to […]

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 […]

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 […]

Story of passion and hope

Trilochan Netralaya is a non-profit charitable eye hospital which was established in Sambalpur, a part of western Odisha by Dr. Shiva Prasad Sahoo in 2008.   Having been born in a low-income family Dr. Shiva struggled a lot to get into the medical profession. Given an opportunity to study in a Government of India funded […]

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 […]

Redefining Education

HOLISTICEDU was founded with an intent of making holistic education accessible to all.  The current education system suffers from standardisation – whether it is content, methods of instruction or assessment. Mainstream schools across the country continue to use a standardised curriculum irrespective of the region (rural / urban, hills / plains). The learning takes a […]

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 […]