By Arun Kumar* Education is the foremost tool that can be used to empower entire communities towards progress. Consider any issue that plagues a community, and education would be a key resolution mechanism. It is therefore of highest importance that right education is dispensed to all members of a community from an early age. This … Continue reading A model for initiating and sustaining organic movement towards social cause
By G Sumedha Syam* In 2012, the spirit of India was violently shaken by the heinous Delhi gang rape. People took to the streets demanding justice for the girl we named Nirbhaya - "the fearless". The Government amended the rape law bringing in a stricter, more formidable Criminal Law (Amendment) Act, 2013 (Nirbhaya Act) on … Continue reading Can Critical Pedagogy be a sustainable solution for sexual violence?
By Aditya Doiphode* The pandemic and the extended lockdown in India has hit the poor disproportionately hard. They have a higher risk of infection, significant loss of income and livelihoods, and immense learning losses for their children as the schools were closed for 7+ months. During this period, government schools have been struggling with identifying … Continue reading Bridging the digital divide to enable kids to access education in the new normal
By Rahul Chaudhary* "True education must correspond to the surrounding circumstances or it is not a healthy growth." -- Mahatma Gandhi Reports and Surveys such as the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) by NGO Pratham or National Achievement Survey conducted by NCERT repeatedly point out that the learning outcomes in school children are steadily … Continue reading Why there is a need to put students on path of discovery, learning by doing
By Manasi Susarla* India has always been a patriarchal, feudalistic society, and even now, it is. There are certain societal and cultural norms, so deeply rooted in our culture, that a shift in mindset for the better is extremely slow, and sometimes, even close to impossible. Even today, in the 21st century, we see oppression … Continue reading Education is key to building a responsible and empowered nation
By Dhruv Pachauri* Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, while getting acquainted with new digital modes of learning, it suddenly struck me hard on listening to the plight of a 15-year-old girl, living in a semi-urban area of India and struggling to learn from Zoom classes on the single smartphone of the family being shared between her … Continue reading Covid-19: How digital division was unveiled during the pandemic in India
By Adapa Akhil* "Education for all" is an ideology that seeded into the minds of the country's early leaders seven decades ago when the constitution came into existence. Literacy was a necessary prerequisite in achieving democracy, mainly to propagate the importance of vote and to prevent any manipulation by political parties. On a macro level, … Continue reading Right to Education: A journey towards inclusive learning