Education

November 13, 2017
Girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Thekra are now getting educated. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Meo girls step into modern world through schooling

Breaking long-held taboos and gender biases, girls of conservative Meo Muslim community in Alwar have convinced their parents to put them into school, and the results are showing

October 27, 2017
Technology integration helps schoolchildren in rural Assam learn their lessons easily and widen their knowledge. (Photo by Rukmini Manasa Avadhanam)

Technology helps Assam’s rural children learn better

School children in rural Assam, who lack exposure that their urban counterparts take for granted, have started using technology to their benefit, understanding their lessons better and learning new concepts

July 28, 2017
Children issuing books at the Anandghar library in Kajrah village in Balaghat. (Photo by Cosmos Joseph)

Books in tribal languages help rejuvenate school learning in central India

An initiative that produces books in tribal dialects in an underdeveloped area of Madhya Pradesh is helping tribal children to not only become better learners in school but is also reconnecting them with their indigenous culture and traditions

May 26, 2017
Fellows in rural India need serious handholding to make the effort effective. (Photo by Meghna Mukherjee)

Many fellows but not too many ships to anchor

To make fellowships that connect with rural realities really worthwhile, it is necessary to provide pointed guidance through mentors who are ready to engage, a vital aspect that many of the programs are not addressing adequately

April 26, 2017
Suman of Jaisalsar village refused to be married off as a child. (Photo by Tarun Kanti Bose)

Jaisalsar in Bikaner banishes child marriage from its homes

The villages in the desert of Rajasthan are notorious for child brides but groups of girls are now banding together to defy and upturn a long held tradition to assure a new and better future for themselves

April 24, 2017
The pensive look of Devati Durua asks many questions. (Photo by Basudev Mahapatra)

Interventions to stop child marriages raise hopes in Odisha

The practice of underage marriage is acute in the tribal-dominated southern and southwestern parts of Odisha, but interventions on the ground are planting the seeds of change among adolescent girls and their parents

April 21, 2017
Child marriages are prevalent in many parts of India. (Photo by Naga Rick)

Breaking the norm of child marriage an uphill task in Uttar Pradesh

A detailed baseline study conducted in seven districts of eastern Uttar Pradesh shows that underage marriages are still widely prevalent, particularly in disadvantaged communities, and this practice holds back girls from realizing their full potential

April 19, 2017
Young girls of Shivali village in Mokhada are saying no to an early marriage. (Photo by Nidhi Jamwal)

Palghar tribal village says no to child marriages

Despite a long-held tradition of marrying off girls once they reach 15 years of age, a tribal village in the underdeveloped area of Maharashtra has stopped the ill-advised practice of child marriage for the past two years

January 23, 2017
The Musahar community is still living in squalor across villages in Bihar. (Photo by Mohd Imran Khan)

Musahars in Bihar struggle to educate their children

Derided as eaters of rats, a large number of Mushahars in Bihar villages see education of their children as the only way out of the oppression they face daily but the going is still tough

January 4, 2017
The concept of everyday school has many takers in Kardilwadi. (Photo by Gouri Agtey Athale)

Setting up a model for government primary schools

A government school in Kardelwadi village in Pune district taught by a husband and wife duo has established a benchmark for primary education in Savitribai Phule’s Maharashtra