The establishment of Hunar Ghar School has transformed the learning opportunities available to children growing up in Bakhel. Over 80% of adults in Bakhel have no school going experience. It is a fantastic achievement that since the creation of Hunar Ghar School in 2007, over 400 children now pass through the school gates each day. Read More
Dr Akshay Patel, Founder of Educate for Life, is a paediatrician with a specific focus on maternal and child health in low and middle income countries. He oversees the development and implementation of all Educate for Life’s health programmes. Here he reflects on the impact of basic healthcare on children’s ability to learn…
In 2007, we had our first intake of 60 children at Hunar Ghar. They had never been to school before and we were determined that they should have every opportunity to fulfil their potential by learning in a safe and inspiring environment.
But more than 50% of the children were malnourished and rates of skin, respiratory and diarrhoeal disease were extremely high. As a consequence, absence due to illness was high and concentration of children when they were in class was low. It was clear that providing fantastic lessons would be meaningless without engaging with the health and social challenges faced by the children and their families. Read More