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The World Health Organisation recommends that children between the age of five and 17 should accumulate at least an hour of moderate-to-vigorous intensity physical activity daily. However, many childr...
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A space for motivation, innovation and creativity.
His organisation Samait Shala has an inspiring mission.
It's a frigid winter day in Srinagar, where political conflict has brought life to a standstill and shows no signs of abating. Children in the state of Jammu and Kashmir, who haven't seen the inside o...
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A new regime for education.
An arts-based learning initiative that's using music to drive change.
One day while playing with her friends back at her village, Irshana decided to hide in a nearby train. Tired from all the running around, she fell asleep in the train as she waited for her friends to come and find her. When she woke up hours later, the train was moving. Panic-struck, she started to cry. She later came to know that the train was headed to Delhi…
In 2013, Deeganta Dutta, an MBA from IIM Calcutta, had just finished his sixth year as a consultant in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology sectors. It might seem unlikely that he would then begin working closely with Nidhi Lamba, a bioscience graduate trained in theatre from the National School of Drama, but as Teach For India Fellows, this is precisely the sort of experience they anticipated. In fact, it is unique collaborations like these that lead to amazing initiatives like Project Aarzoo.
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Meet 28-year-old Lewitt Somarajan, the “happy go lucky” founder and CEO of LIFE (Learning Is Fun & Experiential) Labs -- an organization that envisions a world in which every child gets an education not by rote but by way of inquiry-based teaching and learning practices.
"Ten years ago, people were critiquing me for my choices, asking why I wasn't an engineer at Infosys or TCS," says Sathyanand Swaminathan, who began his career in the development sector more than a decade ago. Today, he's thriving. He's a manager with Karadi Path, an innovative non-profit organization that provides language-learning programs to more than 1200 schools across India. "Working in the social sector is considered a viable career option today. It was previously a rich man's hobby. It's now a respectable choice," he says.
Just For Kicks
Just criticizing ill-performing teachers isn't a solution; we must go beyond that. A well-crafted incentive structure which rewards expected behaviour and discourages unacceptable conduct must be put in place. Introducing variable pay into the salary package of the staff is something to start with--linking the same with student outcomes would be a game-changer.
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In 2011, Neha Sahu co-founded Just For Kicks--an initiative that provided kids from low-income schools a platform to play football and apply learnings from the experience to academics. Today, there are more than 160 participating teams from both Teach For India as well as other miscellaneous low-income private and government schools.
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In a country where humility is fashionable only if you're Rahul Dravid and the objective of most discussions seems to be to win, a spirit of inquiry and openness to feedback that is the core of every healthy debate, is lacking. These are symptoms of a larger problem -- our culture dictates that the aggressor largely be forgiven, even celebrated, as long as he wins the fight.
They will have compassion for all fellow beings. They'll bring love, respect and understanding to everyone around them and will enthusiastically stand up against any kind of discrimination.