Creating an India of happy, healthy childhoods

 

We integrate education, healthcare, and community work to create life opportunities for one of India’s most marginalised rural Adivasi communities.

 

Our community development hub, Hunar Ghar, in Adivasi community near Abu Road/ Udaipur, South Rajasthan

 

Hunar Ghar in August 2007

 

Hunar Ghar today - 416 students enrolled from balwadi to Class 8

 

We provide training to support rural teachers achieve high standards

 

We work closely with the community

 

Integrating healthcare – twice a month mobile clinic

 

Providing the support that’s needed - working directly with every child and family

 

Advocating for change and creating a platform for marginalised voices to be heard internationally

 

Achieving high impact

 

Creating a network of expert partners to support marginalised communities

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Educate for Life action-research sustainable development by running a school in rural India that integrates education, healthcare, and community work.

Educate for Life is a small organisation that aims to transform rural education in India.

For the past seven years we have been running an innovative primary school called Hunar Ghar in a marginalised community in a remote area of rural Rajasthan. We currently have 412 pupils, ranging from four to fourteen. All students that attend the school are first generation learners. We have adapted how the curriculum is taught to meet their needs. They are achieving good academic results with literacy and numeracy skills above the state average. We are documenting our experiences with a view to being a role model for other schools in rural areas.

The school acts as a hub for community related development as we provide seamless support for community members from pregnancy to adulthood through community services focused on maternal and child healthcare and education and mentoring.

We’re a tiny team making a big impact, and you too can be a part of what we do.

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Should you wish to support our work we would be very grateful if you donate or become a Friend of Educate for Life.

Blog

‘It’s more than just a school’

By | Education, India | No Comments
‘It’s more than just a school’, these are the words of one of our supporters who visited Hunar Ghar for the first time in April. Amit Chadda is a teacher from London, who spent time with our local team, helping to develop a teacher appraisal system to help with our teachers’ professional development.  Here he shares his experience of being at Hunar Ghar…
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Developing a literacy culture from scratch

By | India | One Comment
Hunar Ghar children come from primarily illiterate families. The literacy rate among women in the village, the primary care givers of our students, is 11%. During an Early Childhood Development survey conducted by us in the community in 2015, we found that for 60 randomly selected children and their caregivers, 51 sets of caregivers knew no age appropriate songs, stories or poems to be able to tell their children. The same number also possessed no age appropriate books and had no pens, pencils or crayons for children to draw with. This means that children living in the community around Hunar Ghar depend almost entirely on Hunar Ghar to develop literacy.  Read More

Being an Adhyayan Assessor is fantastic!

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Our School Administrative Manager Imrana Khanam is working with our partner Adhyayan as an external assessor for their school reviews. She has been involved with five school reviews so far and features in their recent newsletter alongside Ajeet Sangia, our Education Co-ordinator at Hunar Ghar and one of our teachers, who has also become an Adhyayan Assessor. Here Imrana shares her experience of getting involved and what she has learnt… Read More