Will Fear of ‘Failing’ Make India Literate?

With the largest population of illiterate adults in the world one wonders where we are headed as a growing economy. While India’s national literacy rate is 74.04%, it is estimated that India can achieve the goal of primary education only by 2050. Simply put, even if we do achieve our goals, we...

Building bridges: The journey of a teacher par excellence

“Money isn’t required to teach effectively. I can use two sticks and take a whole class on geometry and students will remember it forever,” – Nirmala UpadhyayA few years ago, Nirmala was taken aback when one of her students’ parents turned up with a wedding invitation. It was too late for her to...

Educating the Educators

Programme Officer Jitendra Rath leads Oxfam India’s work on education in Odisha. He shares his experience of visiting a school where children face multiple challenges such as weak numeracy skills even as they attend school, and the crucial role teachers play.The students were of standards four and...

Help us create more Jyotis

   A large group of students are gathered under a Peepal tree in the middle of the school ground. This is a Bal Panchayat meeting in Village Bada Lewa in the interior of Hamirpur district, which lies between the rivers Betwa and Yamuna in the Bundelkhand area of Uttar Pradesh.“Now...

Learning to read at schools, but where are the textbooks?

Sharelines Kerala and Delhi are worst performers in textbook distribution. Every child must get textbooks under RTE Act. http://bit.ly/1C71lLz #HaqBantaHai How will children get educated, if they don’t get textbooks on time or at all? @OxfamIndia asks. http://bit.ly/1C71lLz #HaqBantaHai In August...

When schools continue to exclude, can education reduce caste discrimination in India?

SharelinesCaste discrimination is slowing down India’s progress in education. Read more http://bit.ly/1bLz0yv 27% of the Indian population claims openly to practice untouchability. Education is the solution. Read more http://bit.ly/1bLz0yv National Sample Survey Organisation (NSSO) data on...

Ensuring the right to education, forming bonds for life

Don’t hesitate to send your children to govt schools, writes @OxfamIndia staff Suraiya http://bit.ly/19nmOlB #HaqBantaHai Why is it important to fully implement the Right to Education Act?   I will not mince my words around the debate on Right to Education – each child has a right to...

How can India send a spaceship to Mars but not educate its children?

Sharelines India reached Mars in 325 days. Only 8% of RTE journey completed in 1,825 days. Sign this to demand full compliance of RTE. http://bit.ly/1HBhXIY At the current rate it will take 63 years for full compliance of RTE Act. Sign this petition to boost that process. http://bit.ly/...

Full Implementation Of Right To Education Act

Even After 67 years of Independence, six million children are out of school, and a majority (75%) of those out-of-school children belong to Dalit (32.4%), Tribal (16.6%)and Muslim(25.7%)communities alone. It is a gross injustice that the national average for the full compliance with all the norms...

Elementary Education in India

Progress, Setbacks, and Challenges

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