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Crowdfunder 2015 classrooms in action

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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.

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Introducing our Child Health Coordinator at Hunar Ghar

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Taking care of the overall health of children enrolled at Hunar Ghar is an integral part of our holistic approach to education. With a 60% increase in enrolment this year and a total of 412 children at Hunar Ghar as a result, we now are in a position to have a much larger impact on children’s health in the community. In light of this increased responsibility, Shobhag Meena has joined us as our Child Health at Hunar Ghar coordinator. In this blog, he writes about his background and his responsibilities at Hunar Ghar.

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Child Learning Demonstration Day at Hunar Ghar

By | Child Learning Demonstration Days, Community, community participation, India, school news | One Comment
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.

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Class 8 results: Proud moment for Hunar Ghar teachers

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The first batch of class 8 students at Hunar Ghar graduated this year and 100% of them went on to get enrolled in hostel schools for secondary education. All the students who graduated this year scored 75% A and B grades in their board exams. These results are a testimony to the efficacy of pedagogical innovations employed at Hunar Ghar which are a radical shift from the traditional learning by rote practiced in most schools in rural India. Supporting rural teachers and meaningfully engaging with the community form the mainstay of these innovations. Hunar Ghar teachers Ajeet Sangia and Shantilal Bhumburia write about the efforts that have gone behind this accomplishment of our students and the teachers’ own experience of sharing this learning journey.

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