Books as a solution to teen issues

Nikhil Eyeroor
These days there is a lot of focus on the mental well-being of students. With more and more young adults falling prey to depression and social isolation, their emotional wellness is something that schools have to take care of. Reading or listening to stories can be a great way to heal. Here’s how bibliotherapy can help emotionally troubled students.

A corner to read

Dhiraj Pratim Medhi
The reading that most children do is from textbooks, which they consider a chore. With little or no access to different books, children don’t develop a reading habit. Here is how the Azim Premji Foundation is taking up this challenge in government schools in Uttarakhand.

Beyond business as usual

Eric Ling
Can you imagine 16 and 17 year-olds running an international business? As part of their business and management course, students from The School of Business & Entrepreneurship in Ohio not only successfully run Shya Designs but also undertake projects to help local businesses with their marketing exercises.

There’s magic in these bookish spaces!

Divya Tirkey
An initiative to establish a library in a school in Khunti, in Jharkand , came to fruition after a bit of struggle and after holding long discussions with the teachers in the tribal schools. Exposure visits, library sessions, activities like dumb charades, story telling etc helped to break the ice and kindle the interest of the children.

Raising a boy

Niharika Jaisinghani
Looking around the world I have to conclude that as teachers our responsibility is not only to educate our students and spread literacy but also to instill the value of humanity and gender equality in our children.

Building bridges of peace

Ajay Sharma, Jayshree Murali, Rakeem Dalwai and Swapnalee Gurav with inputs from Anam Zakaria

A Skype call, two sets of students across the border and a group of enthusiastic facilitators — together they hope to break stereotypes, unlearn biases and make conscious efforts to know “the other”.

The charm of slow food

Rowan Salim and Manish Jain

Learning of the havoc that junk food can wreck, understanding the enivronmental implications of importing food, encouraging local ingredients when making your food, learning to make fusion foods– these are some of the things a group of young children learnt as part of their summer camp at an unschool learning centre.

Sharing the ‘roots’ of knowledge

Mohammad Zafar

A school in the remote hilly regions of Uttarakhand. A microscope. A bunch of enthusiastic children and the author with a few ideas to popularize science.

A step up

Ragini Ramalingam

If you are interested in teaching English to underprivileged children or if you know someone who is not a teacher but would still like to volunteer, here is an organisation that can support you. Step up India , a Bangalore- based NGO enables skilled volunteers, not trained as teachers, to teach English in government schools in Karnataka. The programme and methodology is so designed that any volunteer can implement it at any point.