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The Consequences of School Closures on Adivasi Children

Closing a school in the village deprives them of this rich, diverse, resilient and adaptive learning environment. The focus should be on making school accessible to every cild instead of shutting them down so they have to make the impossible journey to a class, which many will not because they cannot. Pritu Priyanka makes a case against school closures especially in remote tribal villages.

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09 Aug, 2022

Gumla, Jharkhand

Suraj Goes To School

We met with Suraj's parents to convince them to send him to school. The parents were reluctant initially. But soon they understood that education was the only fighting chance their son had to improve his life. He is now enrolled in the primary school and regularly attends his classes.
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Education

05 Aug, 2022

Pratapgarh, Uttar Pradesh

चाय दुकान से स्कूल तक शिक्षा का सफ़र

दयाशंकर ने स्कूल में पढ़ाई शुरू कर कहा कि “अब मैं चाय बेच कर अपने समय को नहीं बर्बाद करूंगा। मुझे पढ़ लिख कर एक बड़ा आदमी बनना है।“  वर्ष 2021 में, ऑक्सफैम इंडिया द्वारा उत्तर प्रदेश के छः जिलों के 104 ग्राम पंचायतों से 104 शाला से बाहर बच्चों का चिन्न्हिकरण किया गया था, जिसमें तकरीबन 5% बच्चे पूर्ण रूप से बाल मज़दूरी में लिप्त थे। चिन्न्हिकरण के पश्चात सभी बच्चों को विद्यालय में लाने की मुहिम जारी की गयी। चुकी बच्चों के सीख का स्तर अत्यंत कम था, उनके लिये मोहल्ला क्लास के माध्यम से ब्रिज क्लास दिया गया।
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Education

03 Aug, 2022

Fatehpur, Uttar Pradesh

It Is Now All About Sums, Not Samosas

When we met Shanu a couple of months ago, he had said, “ab samosa nahi, ganit ke sawal banaoonga”. He stopped working at his uncle’s; this was also made possible by some amount of counselling for the uncle and the rest of the families as well. The child who could barely draw a straight like to write the alphabet until six months ago could now sign forms for an adhaar card that would help him get admission to an age-appropriate class in a nearby school. Shanu is now enrolled in class 5 in Haswa-I Composite Vidyalaya in Haswa village. And he continues to attend the Mohalla Classes!
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