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Computer education for rural kids riddled with obstacles

By Frederick Noronha

There are plans afoot to computerise thousands of rural schools across India, attended mainly by poor children. But where is the software that is suitable for use in these schools?

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Bringing schools and children together

By Vimala Ramachandran

Thirty per cent of India's population lives in urban slums. Getting children in these slums to school is a difficult task. Keeping them in school is even more difficult. But several organisations, including Pratham in Mumbai, Cini Asha in Kolkata and Baljyothi in Hyderabad, are succeeding in bringing education to these first-generation learners

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A school for everyone

By Anuradha Kumar

A new take on private schools in developing countries, which sees them not as money-making machines exploiting the poor, but as a much needed asset that can help fulfil the goal of a decent education for all

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Elementary education: Kerala tops, Bihar lags, Muslim enrolment poor

One of the significant findings of a new report commissioned by the Ministry of Human Resource Development is that Muslim enrolment both at the primary and upper primary levels of education, recorded for the first time ever, is poor. This is so even in states that have performed well in school education

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Bihar fails India's elementary education test, but its kids are bright

According to the latest 'Annual Status of Education Report', while elementary school enrolment levels in India's villages are high across the country, there is a lot of scope for improvement in school facilities. Most urgent is that attention needs to be paid to the learning component at government schools

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Meeting the MDG of gender parity in basic education

The United Nations acknowledges that without success in achieving education goals there is little prospect of achieving the other perhaps most important Millennium Development Goal of halving poverty by 2015. A Global Campaign for Education report has some answers

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65 million girl-children worldwide are out of school: Unicef report

Investing in girls' education will help ensure the right of all children to a quality education, and the attainment of development goals. 'The State of the World's Children 2004: Girls, Education and Development' commends India for its Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (Education For All) campaign

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Girl, Illiterate

By Nitin Jugran Bahuguna

Unesco's Education For All Global Monitoring Report 2003 states that gender parity in education remains a distant prospect in 54 countries, including Pakistan and India. India scores a low 0.83 in the Gender Parity Index at the primary level

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Mid-day meals responsible for leap in female enrolments in primary schools

A new study by the Centre for Equity Studies in Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan and Karnataka underlines the positive impact of the mid-day meal scheme

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Cooked midday meals in only 12% of Maharashtra's surveyed villages

Even where cooked meals are provided, they do not meet the nutritional requirements stipulated by the Supreme Court, according to a survey of food security schemes in Maharashtra conducted by the Anna Adhikar Abhiyan Maharashtra

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Food and education: Background considerations for policy and programming

Food helps children concentrate and improves their attendance and overall performance in schools. This report looks at the use of Food and Education (FAE) initiatives -- designed to take place before, during and/or after the period of food assistance -- that offer direct benefits towards bringing about both short and long-term changes in school students.

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The 3.30 revolution

By Vaidehi Iyer

Ninety-six government primary schools in Andhra Pradesh’s Nalgonda district are transformed into hubs of activity after 3.30 pm, thanks to a quality learning programme initiated by MV Foundation

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Village girls in Rajasthan get a leg-up

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

Residential balika shikshan shivirs (girls’ education camps), set up by the Society to Uplift Rural Economy in Rajasthan’s Barmer district, encourage girls to get away from everyday chores in the home and pursue their education

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MP's education entrepreneurs

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra

In rural Madhya Pradesh, experiments are afoot to draw girls into the ambit of education. These are spearheaded by gutsy determined local women who have a burning desire to open up new avenues and opportunities for young women

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Full marks for changing lives

By Tarannum

Over 1,700 balika vidyalayas or residential schools for girls have been set up by the Ministry of Human Resource Development in educationally backward districts across 24 states. They teach not just the three Rs, but holistic health management, computer science and even disaster management

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Private school with a public cause

Jaswant Modern School in Dehra Dun provides scholarships to poorer children, offering them the opportunity to finish their school education. The school offers a model of inclusive education for other private schools

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Shaping lives, building dreams at the Don Bosco Barefoot College

The Don Bosco Youth Mission and Educational Services (DBYES), in Assam, has initiated several programmes offering deprived children in the northeast opportunities to better their employment prospects

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Project Why educates Delhi's disadvantaged children

An educational support centre, started in the Giri Nagar slums, helps not only differently-abled children but also allows regular school-going children from poor families to find a foothold in society

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Poorest of poor dalit children get a world-class education

The Shanti Bhavan (Haven of Peace) school near Bangalore sets out to prove that children from extremely poor backgrounds, if given the right education and technology, succeed in a globalised world as well as their better-off counterparts

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Women teachers become agents of change

For activist Nirmala Purandare, training barefoot teachers in Maharashtra does not stop at education. It's an attempt to usher in a social revolution

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