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Pavitra in one of her classes (Pic: Plan India)

This young teacher in Jharkhand has been conducting classes under a tree for government school kids

Pavitra Ichagutu, a 24-year-old teacher from Jharkhand is a fellow of the NGO Plan India. She teaches Hindi, English and Mathematics

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17 Nov 2020

How V-Shesh is helping upskill differently-abled people and making them ready for the job market

We speak to P Rajasekharan, founder of Chennai-based V-Shesh, which has taken to upskilling differently-abled people online

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15 Nov 2020
P Rajasekharan and Shashaank Awasthi, Founders, V-Shesh | Pics: V-Shesh
Manjamma Jogathi along with other youngsters who have learnt the art from her

Why you should read about transgender folk artist Manjamma Jogathi's life in this Kannada book

Manjamma Jogathi, a transgender and popular folk artist speaks about her life story being turned into a book and the need of queer literature in Kannada languages

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15 Nov 2020

This Mumbai foundation is improving English language proficiency among govt school children, teachers. Here's how

Pehlay Akshar's primary focus is to help children learn creatively through creating safe learning spaces and equip them with skills for the future. We find out more

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13 Nov 2020
Pic: Pehlay Aksar Foundation
A tyre elephant at an Anthill Playground | Pics: Anthill Creations

These IIT Kharagpur alums have built hundreds of playgrounds across India. This is Anthill's incredible story

We speak to Pooja Rai, founder and CEO of Anthill Creations, on what inspired her to upcycle waste to build playgrounds for kids all across the country

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11 Nov 2020

Around 50 per cent students attend classes in a week after schools reopened in Andhra Pradesh  

In terms of teachers' attendance, the lowest attendance percentage was of aided school teachers (37.95 per cent) followed by private school teachers (72.63 per cent)

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09 Nov 2020
Image for representation (Pic: Express)
Frida Kahlo dolls| Pic: Smriti Lamech

Here's why these Kalpana Chawla, Maya Angelou rag dolls from Kodai are a hit with the kids

Ragdolls modelled on feminist icons such as Maya Angelou, Frida Kahlo and more. Sound interesting? Smriti Lamech tells us how she came up with the idea and how they are made 

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09 Nov 2020

Why Igloopupa will bring out the responsible traveler in you

Igloopupa was set up with the noble vision of promoting and encouraging sustainable tourism practices by working closely with local communities across the country

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09 Nov 2020
Aparna Vinod set the ball rolling on June 1, 2018
Pic: Crowdfunding campaign

This IAS officer in Arunachal is running crowdfunding campaigns to help kids study at Delhi University

Devansh Yadav, Deputy Commissioner of Changlang is helping kids like Longsam pursue their higher education in colleges under Delhi University

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05 Nov 2020

How this device developed by Chennai start-up Earth Fokus will help save 95% of wastewater

IIT-Madras incubated start-up Earth Fokus has created adaptors that can easily be attached to your taps for you to become a bit more environment-friendly. We find out how

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03 Nov 2020
Earth Fokus Ecomist
Tableware made of recycled ceramic waste | Pic: Earth Tatva

How this NID student's recycled material 'grog' will reduce the mining of natural resources — and create cool tableware

NID student Shashank Nimkar was awarded the James Dyson India Award 2020 for coming up with a method to recycle post-industrial fired ceramic waste to create new products. We find out how

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02 Nov 2020

How this Puducherry Special School helped parents become co-therapists, manage their kids using WhatsApp, home hacks during pandemic

Without schools, parents of kids with special needs felt lost. But this school helped bring the parents together and come up with innovative ways to educate their children

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28 Oct 2020
A parent with their child
Kaveri D who won four gold medals in Economics in Mysore University

This police constable from Chamrajnagar is Mysore University's Economics topper. This is her inspiring story 

Kaveri scored 91 per cent in Economics subject alone and her total percentage for three years of degree is 83. Currently working as a police constable, she is preparing for Sub-Inspector Exams 

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23 Oct 2020

Here's how this 16-year-old is teaching underprivileged kids in Bihar's villages from New Jersey

Despite being in a different time zone, Arushi Aggarwal is teaching kids in Bihar's villages virtually on weekends. We find out how

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23 Oct 2020
Arushi Aggarwal
Raghav began his work in June

This 17-year-old Punjabi student's 'lockdown' app will connect you with organic farmers and fresh produce directly

Raghav Vashisht has set up Organic Farmers Connect, a platform that aims to connect local farmers directly with people who need the products

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22 Oct 2020

How this Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poet and Govt School Headmaster in rural Karnataka has transformed the face of a tiny school

Veeranna Madiwalar, a Headmaster and a Sahitya Akademi Award-winning poet, speaks about how he has transformed a government school on nothing but sheer grit and Facebook activism

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19 Oct 2020
Veeranna Madiwalar along with students at his school
Collecting books for the library

How these two law students are helping youth in UP's remote villages to prepare for government exams

Jatin Lalit, a law student at Galgotias University, Noida, speaks to us about their in setting up a community library in UP's Cheruia village

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07 Oct 2020

LPU student Gourav Singhal bags NSS Award for drumming up support for Beti Bachao Beti Padhao, Swachh Bharat Missions

Gourav has also conducted over 150 yoga and spirituality camps in Rohtak and Jhajjar districts of Haryana. We find out more about his contributions to society

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07 Oct 2020
Gourav Singhal
Hope has focused on building a home and family atmosphere

Hope Community Village in Alappuzha is one of India's first group foster homes

Set up in 1995, Hope Community Village offers a family environment for young children without following any of the ordinary institutionalising processes

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07 Oct 2020

Why these two women podcasters from Delhi are talking about being fat and the stigma society paints you with

Do you wake up every morning hating the way you look? Then you need to listen to Pallavi and Ameya's podcast Fat So?

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07 Oct 2020
Pallavi and Ameya say that they are trying to go a 'little deeper, a little more into the mental and emotional parts of fatphobia (Pics: Suraaj Ajithakumar)
Ananya Kamboj

This 15-year-old from Punjab has covered the FIFA World Cup and spoken at the UN. This is how she did it

Ananya Kamboj believes that education, sports and childhood character development go hand-in-hand. We find out more

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05 Oct 2020

Meet Yakub Koyyur, a Karnataka Government School Teacher whose Maths lab is powering the dreams of rural students
 

Visual models can make the difference between mugging up the answer to a problem and understanding how it actually works. Yakub Koyyur, who has set up a revolutionary Maths Lab in a government school

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04 Oct 2020
Yakub Koyyur at his school campus
Anil Sahasrabudhe (Pic: TNIE)

Dr Anil Sahasrabudhe: The education system stifles the innovator in us, NEP will change that

Critical thinking and ability to analyse is the way to go for young India, said the AICTE Chairman. Parents too need to change their perspective, he added

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02 Oct 2020

Here's how this 17-year-old from Noida started a school to teach underprivileged kids for free

Armaan started a small school and educational centre in Noida to specifically cater to the poor sections of the society. We find out more

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23 Sep 2020
Armaan with the kids
Photo courtesy: Munmun Dhalaria

Filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria's documentaries are a peek into the Himalayan communities' response to COVID-19

We spoke to documentary filmmaker Munmun Dhalaria to know more about the projects she has been working on during the pandemic

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12 Sep 2020

This 24-year-old's MTech student's book Lockdown Discovery may be the pick-me-up we all need

It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book finishing an average of 10 pages a day. Lockdown Diaries hod no marketing whatsoever but has sold quite a few copies within 15 days of its publication

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09 Sep 2020
It took Rahul 16 days to finish writing the book, as he was finishing an average of 10 pages a day (Pic: Sourced)
Saurabh Gadhavi

Despite losing a hand, meet the Gujarat prodigy who has mastered all the percussion instruments out there!
 

Saurabh Gadhavi is a specially-abled drummer. The absence of his left hand has not stopped him from fulfilling his dreams in music. We speak to him to find out more

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09 Sep 2020

Here's how this 12-year-old from Ludhiana is using Minecraft to make learning, teaching fun in schools

Namya, a Class VIII student at the Sat Paul Mittal School in Ludhiana, has been leveraging technology to make learning as well as teaching fun. We find out more

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08 Sep 2020
Namya Joshi with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella
During a class | (Pic: A Saritha)

Here's why this Telangana teacher's belief that education must go on is turning kids into profs during the pandemic

The concept of a Village Learning Circle, where children in remote areas assume the role of a teacher and teach children nearby, is quite revolutionary

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05 Sep 2020

From 123 to 1336: How Sant Kumar Sahani helped build a school from scratch in Bihar's Begusarai

Sahani, who suffered from a partial visibility impairment, started his journey as a teacher on September 1, 1994 at the Gorgama High School in Bihar. But the impairment never became a hurdle

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05 Sep 2020
Sahani addressing his students at assembly (Pic: Sant Kumar Sahani)
Students at the school| Pic: Smith Kumar Soni

More important to teach girls than boys: Here's how Jharkhand's Smith Kumar Soni is fighting human trafficking, child marriage

We spoke to Smith Kumar Soni, who is an elementary school teacher in Jharkhand's Simdega district to know more about his fight to educate every single girl child

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05 Sep 2020

How this government school teacher went lane by Delhi lane and brought students back to 'online' class

Ajay Arya, a Physical Education teacher in an East Delhi school, went around the national capital in search of students absent from online classes

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05 Sep 2020
Ajay Arya interacting with children and their parents in an East Delhi slum (Pics: Ajay Arya)
Muneer Alam

How Muneer Alam has educated over 25,000 students in Kashmir through a pandemic, riots and civil unrest

Muneer Alam has dedicated 20 years of his life to braving political turmoil, nature's ire and now a pandemic to teach his students. We follow the teacher's journey of 20 years

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05 Sep 2020

This Kashmiri Chemistry teacher gave JEE, NEET aspirants tutorial videos on pen drives during lockdown 

Though Wassim studied Civil Engineering from SRM University, he took up the teaching profession because of his extraordinary skills to teach concepts clearly. He also a YouTube channel for the same 

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05 Sep 2020
Wassim Bhat (Picture: Wassim)
A Single Teacher School

Check out these Single Teacher Schools in Tamil Nadu villages where children don't have access to regular schools

Today, Single Teacher Schools caters to more than 32,000 students from over 1,050 villages all across Tamil Nadu. It began in 2006

Published On:
03 Sep 2020

Here's how a 12-year-old boy from Kochi got justice when his gooseberry tree was stolen

Twelve-year-old Pavan Nash speaks how he the Chiri Initiative, a Student Police Cadet programme helped him when his one-year-old gooseberry sapling was stolen by thieves

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02 Sep 2020
The child found his 1-year-old plant stolen
Sushma in the hospital

Bengaluru girl suffering from dermatomyositis scores 76 per cent in SSLC, dreams to become a lecturer

Sushma who scored good marks in her SSLC exams this year has been suffering from this rare auto immune disease since she was in class 9 and has been under continuous medication 

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29 Aug 2020

Here's how this 10-year-old from UP developed a contactless dispenser to curb COVID-19 spread

The 10-year-old has always been interested in electronic gadgets and had an inclination towards Robotics, said his parents

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27 Aug 2020
The contactless dispenser made by Shreshta Singhal
Children playing with the leaf Kathaadi| Pic: Deepak and Maya

These IIT-M grads are starting a Science, Math YouTube channel for Adivasi kids in the Paniya language

We speak to IITian-duo Maya and Deepak, who runs the YouTube channel Kathaadi. They tell us about how concepts of science and maths are made easy for rural children through their channel and more

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26 Aug 2020

Why Mitra Jyothi's founder Madhu Singhal's story can inspire the young to see those who cannot see

From a talking book library to a Braille transcription centre, Madhu Singhal's organisation, Mitra Jyothi, empowers the visually impaired children, women and youngsters through education 

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23 Aug 2020
Visually-impaired students trained to use computer at Mitra Jyothi (Pics: Mitra Jyothi)