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.

Shoshit Samadhan Kendra: A school with a view

Avantika Sinha

When a government school in the neighbourhood was forced to stop taking in children from a lower caste background, Jyothi Kumar Sinha, a police constable, who was responsible for sending the Mushar children to the government school, decided to start a school of his own.

The myth of poor performance

Shubhra Mishra
Making mathematics a part of a child’s life experience is the best math education that can be given. If teachers from government schools throw up their hands and report on the poor performance of the students, can there really be a way forward? This article suggests that the so – called poor performance of children is just a myth, and it is really the teachers who have to be more sensitive towards their students .

Owning the learning experience

Sonika Lakhera

This is the story of how a school run by an NGO experimented, and successfully at that, with self-directed learning.

A dream realized

Pramod Maithil

The author who takes a keen interest in education and works towards democratizing it shares his journey of opening Anand Niketan Democratic School in Bhopal.

Why can’t children read?

Nivedita Vijay Bedadur
Children in rural India do not engage with reading and find it a meaningless and mechanical activity. How can teachers in these rural schools build a supportive environment so that the child enjoys reading? The author of this article suggests some tasks that a teacher must do to bring about this important change.

The idea of sharing and giving

Madhulika S and Deepti Gollapudi

This article talks about an empathy project initiated by an NGO that brings schools across Hyderabad city on a single platform. Titled Project Gift Compassion, it aims to overcome social barriers and facilitate the idea of sharing and giving among young and impressionable minds.