Mystery of Out-of-School-Children in the Indian Education System

Ambiguity on “out-of-school-children (OoSC)’ has been the reason for varied numbers quoted in Uttar Pradesh. In the year 2016-17, government had identified only 23,934 children as out of school. On the contrary for the year, 2014-15, central government had shown data of 8,65,441 children as out of...

Stories of Change: Celebrating our feminist heroes

 When Dolly won the bronze medal in a kick-boxing championship in Delhi, the moist eyes of her brother, Amit meant more than happiness. He recalled the struggles to get his sister enrolled for the sport.Hailing from Bucchabasti in Purkazi block, Uttar Pradesh, Amit is a member of one of...

Strengthening education quality in Uttar Pradesh

Oxfam India and Lokmitra have been working in 30 government schools in UP’s Raebareli district to ensure proper implementation of the RTE Act, increasing student retention, and increased community participation in monitoring and management of school. Lokmitra’s innovative participatory pedagogy...

2016-17 - An Economy that Works for Women

Last year, as we started to implement our new strategy for 2016-20 “Demanding Rights and Creating Opportunities”, we decided to focus even more on tackling some of the tough issues of inequalities, especially in the area of gender justice.  Progress in this important goal has been very uneven...

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...

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