Women at Hunar Ghar: Rural changemakers at grassroot level

By | Community, Health, India | No Comments
With Hunar Ghar, we have demonstrated that delivering quality education integrated with holistic health and community services is possible in extremely deprived rural areas. The Hunar Ghar team has played an instrumental role in achieving this. Our Health and Community Manager Kanan Silvera is a key member of this team of rural changemakers participating in a movement to transform rural India while working with the local community to bring about a lasting change in their lives. As we continue to expand and strengthen our work to create a wider impact, we are hiring new team members. In this blog, Kanan talks about her experiences with the recruitment process, the challenges she foresees for the new recruits and tips she has to offer to them to be successful in their roles.

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Increasing community involvement through community newsletters

By | Community, Community Newsletter, community participation | No Comments
We, at Educate for Life, believe that community engagement is vital for the success of a school. One of the ways through which we foster meaningful community involvement is through community newsletters. These newsletters act as tools for establishing parent-teacher relationships and help us understand the expectations of the community so that we can continuously work towards keeping the curriculum relevant. 

Pankaj, our Balwadi Lead, has been organising the content of Community Newsletters for the past two months. He writes about his experiences of engaging with the community and the impact of the newsletter he has witnessed.

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Gopal leading SMC meeting

Making schools accountable to communities

By | India, School Management Committee | No Comments
For some parents in the UK, the idea of a school management committee composed of teachers, parents, and other members of the local community, might fill them with dread as frustrating evenings dominated by Tiger Mums, Helicopter Dads, and others with an overbearing sense of entitlement.
But in places like rural India where schools are nascent, it is important that communities develop a sense of entitlement.  People need to understand what they should expect from a school and their children’s education.  Armed with this awareness, they can then play a role in holding their local school to account and ensuring a better educational experience for their children.

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