Education

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

September 28, 2018
Villagers learnt about hygiene from coordinator Gouri Shankar after seeing invisible grime through a microscope (Photo by Rakhi Ghosh)

Mobile labs in rural Odisha promote science-based solutions

With a science-based approach learnt from mobile science labs through the audiovisual medium, tribes in Odisha have adapted simple measures that have helped in reducing their health problems

September 19, 2018
Boys playing tag in a village school (Photo by Jasper Veen)

Rural youth: old prejudices or real disadvantages?

Despite long-held notions that young people in villages lack better life opportunities, the current situation of youth in urban areas and their proximate countryside is not too different in many parts of India

August 17, 2018

Science popularization helps tribal students spread wings

An academy in Pune district of Maharashtra has boosted the confidence of tribal students, and helped them dream beyond their textbooks and hamlets by giving them practical exposure to science

June 22, 2018

Musahars overcome fear, but face a long road ahead

Tired of being denied basic human rights and held to be untouchables, Musahars in some villages of Varanasi district are speaking up with help from community activists, but a decent livelihood is still far away