Since opening Hunar Ghar in August 2007 with four classrooms and 60 children in kindergarten and class 1, and 3 teachers we’ve achieved a tremendous amount:
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
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.
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.
Kanan Silvera is the Hunar Ghar Project Manager. Here she describes a typical busy day, rich with interactions with Hunar Ghar students, teachers at the school and members of the community. Kanan’s busy schedule reflects the breadth of the work being undertaken by Educate for Life to ensure that the health and educational needs of the Bakhel community are met.
We are dedicated to offering continued learning opportunities throughout the years for teachers and children. Community Learning Day represents a unique approach to learning in community. Read More