Meet these 3 Warriors who are Fighting Inequality through Education

In the last few years, over 15,000 slums in Delhi have been demolished and over 75,000 people displaced. Some of these families have resettled near Madanpur Khadar, an area in the Southeast of Delhi but ironically not available on Google Maps. It is distinguished as the colony of Rag Pickers who...

A Lesson on Education from Uttar Pradesh

 November 14 was celebrated as Children’s Day across the country while November 20 was observed as UN’s Universal Children’s Day. Education is every child’s right; and on this day, and all the days through the year, there is a need to take a close look at the education system in the...

An Open Letter to All the Chhotu’s, Munna’s and Bachcha’s

Dear Chhotu, Munna and Bachha, How are you? Do you remember me from the last time, when we met at the tea stall, at a ration shop, at the road side hotel? And yes, also in the nearby dumping yard, in a motor garage, at the bus stop, railway station, and also at your homes.Do you remember...

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...

Wrestling Social Norms Out

Man: “It’s better to teach girls. It is better to send them to school.” Me: “You think so?”Man: “The whole village thinks so.”Me: “Why?”Man: “The boys are useless. The girls have made us proud.” Me: “How?”Man: “Have you heard of Sakshi Malik?”(Sakshi is the wrestler who won a bronze in...

Mobilising Civil Society towards Right to Free Public Health and Education in Jharkhand

Oxfam India has supported NGOs — CINI, NBJK and SPAR — in 3 districts in Jharkhand to work with community advocates to strengthen civil society movement towards realising entitlements for health and education. The work began in 2011.

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.  Umra Salmani with her...

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 –...

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