In 2015, we ran a crowdfunder in which people from five continents came together to raise £10,000. This was used to build two new classrooms at Hunar Ghar. The construction of these classrooms took a longer time than expected to complete. There were several odds presented before us in this extremely resource poor remote village of Rajasthan. However, we kept on learning from all the challenges we encountered, and the new classrooms are now fully constructed and furnished and are being fully used as fun-filled and vibrant learning spaces.
For the past 10 years, Hunar Ghar has been a hub of local transformation in one of the most marginalised regions of India. Through integrated education, health and community development, Hunar Ghar has been instrumental in bringing about a series of transitions, as evident from increased access to quality education and reliable healthcare and meaningful community engagement. As this story of transitions continues, the Hunar Ghar project is looking at becoming an inspiration centre for innovation, overcoming developmental challenges and demonstrating that change can be brought about in the lives of some of the most under-served communities. We are looking for an exceptional educational leader for the role of Chief Operations Officer (COO) of Educate for Life who has the potential of turning Hunar Ghar into such an inspiration centre.
At Educate for Life, we believe that community members are an important part of school accountability system and should be able to provide their insight and advice on how to improve the school. Child Learning Demonstration Days at Hunar Ghar are one of the key processes that enable this as explained in detail in our Teacher’s Handbook. These are monthly events where children demonstrate what they have learnt in their classrooms in front of the whole community. Our Fundraising and Communications officer Shwetambera writes about her experience of attending the Child Learning Demonstration event conducted in October before Diwali holidays in school.
The King’s College London Charity Diwali Show is one of the largest and most prestigious annual student shows in the UK. Every year they raise funds to support the cause of selected charities. The KCL Charity Diwali Show is supporting us as a charity partner for the second year running. Here is a guest blog from King’s College Diwali Show Committee Secretary, Vanisha Amin, where she gives a brief background to the show and the reasons why they have chosen to partner with us.
This year marks ten years of Educate for Life demonstrating that education, healthcare and community development can be integrated seamlessly together to bring about lasting transformations in an extremely marginalised rural community. In the past ten years, we have put down strong roots and are undergoing a set of crucial transitions. Our latest Annual Report shares some of the milestones of this year which have set the ball rolling for these transitions and which, we believe, will go a long way towards creating a much larger impact.