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RLEK's innovative approach to education for nomadic tribes

The Rural Litigation and Entitlement Kendra's unique approach to literacy and its sustained efforts among the Van Gujjars of Uttaranchal, have helped foster a desire to learn and an understanding of the importance of education, even in a pastoral community

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Manzil: Where children learn and grow, naturally

At this open learning centre in Delhi, 12 student-teachers coach 90 other children from underprivileged families

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Primary education: What is Himachal Pradesh doing right?

Positive parental attitudes and community participation in running village schools are only two of the factors that have seen such rapid strides in literacy in this remote mountain state

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Desert schools

The marushalas are often the only schools in the Rajasthan desert. But they could rival some of the best practices in urban schools.

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Joyful learning

The state government and UNICEF have collaborated to create a virtual revolution in education in Mysore district.

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Working by day, learning by night

Fifty-three extension schools in Karnataka have brought education to 5,000 working children.

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Toys that teach

Sutradhar is a resource centre for the dissemination of innovative and culturally relevant educational material.

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Rescuing children from the carpet baggers

Child labourers employed in the carpet industry of Mirzapur-Bhadoi finally have a chance to go to school.

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The illiterate educationist

Illiteracy hasn't stopped Tulsi Munda from setting up a school for tribal children in a remote village in Orissa.

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From me to you: Child-to-child

In Pachod village in Maharashtra, 12-year-old teachers are helping out-of-school kids attain basic literacy.

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How Ernakulam became the first fully-literate district in India

Kerala's amazing success in literacy is in large part due to the KSSP's mass movement for education.

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Where the poor can prove themselves

There are 1.17 million slum children in Delhi. Deepalaya's schools are making sure that at least some of them have a bright future.

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From farms and factories to schools

M V Foundation has helped 100,000 child labourers go to school in Andhra Pradesh

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TV turns teacher

Thanks to same-language subtitling, people can improve their reading skills even as they watch their favourite programmes on television

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Paying girls to stay in school

By Yamini Deenadayalan

The problem of the girl-child in India is an economic one, former corporate chief Virendra Singh realised. His Pardada Pardadi school in Anoopshahr, UP, keeps girls in school by offering them three meals a day, ten rupees for every day they attend school, a bicycle after two years and a toilet at home after three years

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'All out-of-school children must be considered child labour': Shamshad Khan

By Rashme Sehgal

Winner of Outlook magazine's Best Social Worker of the Year award, Shamshad Khan, director of the Centre for Rural Education and Development Action, is on a mission: to rescue and rehabilitate young children working in the Mirzapur-Bhadohi carpet belt in Uttar Pradesh

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Rehmat Fazalbhoy: A wider vision

By Bulbul Pal

Jamnalal Bajaj awardwinner Rehmat Fazalbhoy, visually impaired herself, was the first trained teacher for the blind in India and the first to promote the idea of integrated education for the disabled.

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Marie Christine de Rochemonteix:A school with heart

By Sarika Jain Antony

Marie Christine de Rochemonteix, a French national living in Hyderabad, is determined to play an active part in India's literacy movement. Her schools, which take in disabled children as well, offer students a healthy mix of practical, innovative, all-round education

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Backgrounders

Agriculture And Food Security : Background & Perspective

Agriculture And Food Security : Background & Perspective

By Devinder Sharma

Pre-Independence India suffered repeated famines, drought and food shortages. But following the Green Revolution in the '60s, yields and foodstocks rose manifold. Now, 30 years later, Indian farmers have realised the follies of their tryst with intensive agriculture. Despite 70 per ...

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Analysis

The organic foods divide in India

The organic foods divide in India

By Rahul Goswami

The divide between farmers growing and selling organic produce in India and the major organic foods and beverages retailers is widening, to the detriment of organic farmers. This was evident at Biofach India 2013 held in Bengaluru

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Features

Ragi over rice

Ragi over rice

By Ananda Siddhartha

As in the rest of India, in Pavagada taluka of Karnataka, ragi is losing out to rice, groundnut and other cash crops. Until 15 years ago, it was the reverse. What are the market and policy pressures that have caused this reversal, and what are its consequences on health and nutri...

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Books & Reports

Vertical farms

Vertical farms

By Sudhirendar Sharma

A new book by Dickson Despommier posits the farm of the future as a vertical farm over 30 floors in any city centre. Powered by renewable energies a vertical farm could meet the food needs of 50,000 people, consume 70-95% less water, restrict the use of harmful agro-chemicals and...

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Punjab Series

Nation's food bowl in crisis

By Anosh Malekar

When the state that was the country's biggest agricultural success story in the 1970s tops the list of indebted farmers, it is obvious that there is something very rotten in the state of agriculture in the country. A three-part series that looks at the agriculture crisis in India's fo...

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News

Stories of change

Nalbari farmers resume cultivation after 25 years

By Ratna Bharali Taukdar

Thousands of farmers in Borigog-Barbhag block, in lower Assam’s Nalbari district, joined hands to dredge a 15-km stretch of a water channel that had blocked and flooded farmlands across 50 villages. For 25 years, farmers had abandoned work on their waterlogged lands. No...

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Changemakers

Urban poverty and the food crisis

A grain in an empty bowl: Government services in the urban context

By Maheen Mirza

Anganwadis, ICDS and PDS are huge government programmes meant to cater to the health and nutritional requirements of the poor. Yet 72.4% of urban poor children in Madhya Pradesh are underweight, 60.4% are undernourished and almost nine out of 10 are anaemic. The fifth and final part o...

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Backgrounders

IT And Development : Background & Perspective

IT And Development : Background & Perspective

By Aditya Dev Sood

What use can a computer be to someone earning less than a dollar a day? What use is information technology in a country that has a low penetration of telephony and computers, where even electricity is not assured, and where millions are still illiterate? These are standard questions...

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Analysis

Free culture for a free society

By V Sasi Kumar

What is it that prompts a group of people in Calicut to start the Chamba Swatantra Cinema Project? How did the world move from copyrights over knowledge, introduced in the 16th-18th centuries and codified as the Statute of Anne, to free software, free knowledge and free culture? And w...

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Features

Do you want to be watched?

The new rules for surveillance under the IT Act are an assault on our freedom. They also seem misguided, says Sunil Abraham . How many terrorists or criminals will be arrested in India thanks to the new ID requirements at cybercafés or a ban on public wi-fi? Intelligence work cannot be replaced...

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Changemakers

Stories of change

The people's voice

By Sherna Gandhy

Every citizen in this country has a right to be heard. But what happens when you live in an area where no mainstream media organisation bothers to penetrate, and when you speak a language no media organisation knows or understands? CGNet Swara uses mobile telephony to break through th...

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News

India turns to ICT for better delivery of welfare schemes

Bihar will become the first state in the country to videograph the distribution of PDS coupons to weed out ineligible recipients. And the Union human resources ministry proposes to use a cheap, indigenously made tablet PC to record BPL and caste data

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