Portrait of a Teacher: Successful introduction of multi-lingual education for Odisha’s tribal communities

The bright light of the day has faded, bringing in a quiet, calm evening in this village in the Simlipal hills of Odisha. Shanti sits in her verandah revising the lessons she has learnt in school. A goat kid is tied nearby, chewing on fresh leaves. Shanti is wearing her school uniform, a...

The Language Link

 In the Similipal hills of Odisha, a young man teaches tribal children, using their mother tongue Ho to bridge their worldand the world of mainstream education in Odia and Englishhe bright light of the day has faded, bringing in a quiet, calm evening to this village in the Similipal hills of...

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...

Where school means freedom

“What do you like the most, Umra,” I asked her. “Apple,” she said, in her soft, sure voice.After a pause she added, “Sometimes my father gets me apples from the railway station without my even asking for it.”Umra Salmani is 10 years old and Arif, her brother is 8.  Photo Caption –...

Yes, Prime Minister

“If the students don’t turn up we go to their house. And if they have bunked school there is penalty. The parents have to shell out Rs 2 for each day of missed school. Obviously, we don’t take money if the student is sick,” Asmita smiled and said. Christopher Lakra, a teacher with the school for...

Community-Based Monitoring and Grievance Redressal in Schools in Delhi

Oxfam India is part of a global movement working to fight poverty, injustice and inequality. In India, it works in seven states. Oxfam India believes that right to education is important to close the gap between the ‘haves’ and the ‘havenots’. As a founding member of the Right to Education (RTE)...

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...

Money Matters!

Govt spending on primary education not even close to desired amount. Read more.  http://bit.ly/1IQao2e #HaqBantaHaiPrimary education needs more funds from govt #HaqBantaHai  Know more http://bit.ly/1IQao2e Continuing on the previous piece on Gita’s story to realise her...

All for Education, Education for All

RTE Act tasting success on coverage of girls at elementary education. http://bit.ly/1HPAILo #HaqBantaHai Education expenses of families have been reduced due to the RTE Act. http://bit.ly/1HPAILo #HaqBantaHai Kamlesh is a 35-year-old domestic worker based in the capital city of India, New Delhi,...

Oxfam launches drive for edu to every child

Even though the State is claiming to have the highest budget allocation for education, more than 37 per cent schools have no toilet, 3,440 elementary schools still have single teachers and the learning outcome of children are poor, said Oxfam India Regional Manager Akshaya Kumar Biswal. This...

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