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