Education

September 11, 2019
An integrated approach to technology in education helps students from marginalized sections create projects within the local context (Photo by Tata Trusts)

Digital tech in curriculum enriches participatory learning

By enabling teachers design applications and help students create artifacts, best practices in use of technological tools can facilitate contextualized learning and its application

September 4, 2019
Rural health workers are typically overburdened and have to work in trying conditions (Photo by Piyal Adhikary)

Missing foot soldiers in the war on poverty

Unless the government improves the anemic delivery structure of rural health and education, the neglected and overworked frontline workers will not be able to fight underdevelopment adequately

July 19, 2019
Through stories and games that demystify menstruation, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand learn about menstrual cycle and hygiene (Photo by PHRN)

Village girls shed fear and shame about menstruation

Through a health initiative that demystifies menstruation by using games and stories, schoolgirls in rural Jharkhand are learning about menstrual health and the importance of nutrition

June 17, 2019
Geeta Meghwal’s decision to study science in a boys’ school, so as to follow her dreams, has prompted many girls to opt for science education (Photo by Rakhee Roytalukdar)

Girls in rural Rajasthan show zeal for science

A rural student’s aspiration has broken gender stereotypes, inspiring girls to choose to study science subjects, with Atal Tinkering Labs, science fairs and other such initiatives increasing science literacy

May 10, 2019
As per Odisha government’s directive, schools near brick kilns enroll migrant workers’ children like Laxmi Bag (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Migrant children get a shot at continuing education

A scheme by the Odisha government has enabled children of migrant workers to continue their education at destination sites, preventing child labor and ensuring continuity in education

February 22, 2019
Local tribal governance structures, in which every individual has the right, capacity, and opportunity to take part, must be kept alive (Photo by Wikimedia Commons)

How development excludes India’s tribal people

Failing to understand the tribal world view and imposing the dominant development paradigm on adivasi communities is affecting their identity and well-being

January 18, 2019
A woman crosses the Burhabalang River with her cow to avoid a 7km circuitous route (Photo by Manish Kumar)

Mayurbhanj villagers forced to ford river to reach schools, hospitals

Inadequate and inconvenient road connectivity due to poor planning compels many villagers in Mayurbhanj district of Odisha to risk a dangerous crossing of Burhabalang River everyday to reach the nearest town

November 9, 2018
Resuming studies has given hope to 13-year-old Paromita Mondal that she can ensure a better future for her family (Photo by Prahlad Naskar)

Education gives Paromita hope for a better future

The story of Paromita Mondal, a teenage girl living in rural Bengal, is testimony to the fact that the efforts of government and development organizations to retain girls in school have slowly started bearing results

October 22, 2018
The Grandeur School in the mining hills of Surguja, built through community support, enables the education of Adivasi and Dalit children. (Photo by Goldy M George)

Community school shines beacon of hope in Surguja hills

Thwarted livelihood opportunities after giving up their land to mining companies hasn’t stopped a disadvantaged community in the remote Surguja hiils of Chhattisgarh to run a school for tribal and Dalit children

October 15, 2018

Skill training empowers girls, raises hope for gender parity

Skill development trainings are not only helping rural communities fight poverty in Assam but are also empowering girls to aspire big, overcoming challenges posed by social stigma and deep-rooted gender disparity