Globally, there are 56 million children un-enrolled in school. 7 million of them live in India. What’s perhaps even worse is that there are 300 million children enrolled in school that aren’t learning.
We wanted to create a school of the highest quality and serve one of the most marginalised communities working with love, compassion, and respect. It’s our aim to address the issue of education inequity while demonstrating how schools can act as inspiration hubs of community-related development.
It’s our mission to transform the life of every child (some ~600 born each year) in Mandwa panchayat – the area surrounding Hunar Ghar. If we could achieve just that, we’d be very proud. However, we think that if we can support transformative change working with one of India’s most marginalised communities, then what we learn could be useful in changing the lives of all children living in similar settings across India.
We’ll achieve this mission by providing a seamless package of support from pregnancy to adulthood through community services focused on:
Supporting mothers and children through pregnancy, delivery and childhood to adopt healthy practices and access essential government health services, right through to kindergarten.
Developing an innovative rural school providing high quality education from kindergarten to class 8 (age 14) and supporting four local government primary schools to provide a meaningful education to their children.
Supporting 14 to 18 year old community members to pursue further education out-of-area, to develop vocational skills or livelihoods and to develop into youth leaders in the area, through a mentoring scheme and sponsorship programme.
As well as this 18 year support network, we’ll support the community and promote wider change across India in the following ways:
Facilitating women’s groups that increase women’s agency in the village, develop their financial stability, and create opportunities for alternative incomes in the village.
Through annual education conferences and dissemination activities targeting policy makers, leaders and practitioners from across India contribute to a network of organisations and individuals focused on learning and sharing to raise standards nationally.
Working in partnership with leading Indian and international universities to conduct and publish research concerning rural education and health, in order to critically appraise Educate for Life’s interventions and contribute to an evidence base for action.
Developing an institute of rural education, focusing on developing tools to assist rural teachers in the delivery of high quality education and on holding training and dissemination events that enable translation of practices from Hunar Ghar into rural government schools.