We're on a mission to transform the opportunities of a rural village in India

Real learning

We go beyond academic attainment to
holistic personal growth

Inspirational healthcare

Our programme for pregnant women is the first of its kind

Community change-makers

Local insight + our professional oversight = successful and sustainable change from within

Detailed, long-lasting support

Trustees Ed & Ash's deep relationship with the school
bring consistency, accountability, and strong leadership

Building for the future

By acting locally, ecologically, and sustainably.


Our action-research school creates durable community-led change.




Three pillars of meaningful, sustainable support.

We’ve integrated them to create a community project like no other.

We think schools are about so much more than just education, they’re about changing lives. There is also far too little (read virtually none) quality education available in rural India.

So we created an action-research school-cum-community centre in rural India to demonstrate how quality education can be provide in the most challenging of circumstances to the people that need it most.

Our school, called Hunar Ghar, serves the community of Bakhel; a remote subsistence farming village and one of the most marginalised in India. They are afflicted by complex poverty including severe malnutrition, poor health, poor economic status, lack of political influence, high child mortality, and high child labour rates. Government efforts to change this are advancing too slowly.

It is the privilege of Educate for Life to work with the community to identify their problems and be a part of a transition away from poverty, by providing our own services and empowering the government to meet their responsibilities.

We run a school, and we provide health and community support. Our one team does both, ensuring deep integration between the two leading to high levels of complementary benefit making real change happen faster.

We’re a tiny team making a big impact, and you too can be a part of that change. Immerse yourself in our website then, when you’re bursting to get stuck in, contact us and immerse yourself in our deeply rewarding change process.

How it all began

Educate for Life is run by us; two friends, Dr Akshay Patel and Ed Forrest. We both had unusual dreams as teenagers – to build a school in rural India.

When we met at university and discovered our shared aspirations we set up Educate for Life and started on a journey to bring high quality education to the world’s most marginalised communities, so that no child should miss out on a secure future through the misfortune of circumstance.

To raise our first funds we tried to get 1 million people to give us 2p each. The BBC ended up covering this, and coming out to India in 2007 to document us building the school.

Recently at Educate for Life...
Neha Educate for Life Intern

Exciting New Internship Opportunities

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Over the years we’ve had some special people join us as interns at Hunar Ghar. They have dedicated months, even years, of their life to supporting the community and making a difference. We are now pleased to offer two new internship places. Mimi Massala, Governance & Internship Development Manager explains what opportunities are available…

Today, we are launching all-new six-month internships that offer a range of exciting opportunities for individuals to work with us both in London and in India. Read More

Chandrakant and Kanan receive Hunar Ghar Radio Madhuban Award

Hunar Ghar Team Social Uplift Award

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Last year in September 2015 Hunar Ghar completed seven years of operation in Bakhel village. In this blog, Hunar Ghar Project Manager Kanan Silvera shares her happiness as Hunar Ghar receives a special award and recognition for its achievements.  She is proud to be part of a great team and a great school.

It was really a fantastic and successful day of my life when on the 19th January my Hunar Ghar School received the Asta Ratan Award from Radio Madhuban 90.4 FM, Mount Abu, Rajasthan. Let me first share with you about Radio Madhuban.
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Hunar Ghar children sitting reading Educate for Life RBKS

Annual Status of Education Report 2014

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Earlier this month the draft findings of the 2014 Annual Status of Education Report (ASER) were published.  Ash Patel, Educate for Life Founder and Trustee reflects on the latest findings.

The Pratham team which facilitates this annual survey is to be congratulated for their dedication and commitment to ascertaining child enrolment, attendance and achievement in rural schools across India.  In a country where seven million children are not in school, this kind of data collection is essential to ensuring that the right interventions are in place to ensure universal access to education. Read More