Video Volunteers’ page of videos on education in India. See ‘Pass ya Fail’ (linked below and in presentation) for the teaser of this project. Here’s another video showing how this group succeeded in making one school better.
Education in India: Profile of a Poor Public School: an American teacher’s visit to a successful government school in south India.
Education Statistics at a Glance: 2014 Report by the Ministry of Human Resource Development.
Total Literacy Campaigns: Several states in India have achieved very high rates of literacy through mass literacy campaigns. Kerala was the first state to do this; in the 1980’s and 1990’s, hundreds of thousands of volunteers, teachers and community leaders worked with NGO’s and government organizations to help the state reach near total literacy. The articles below are on the Kerala experience, but you could also research campaigns in Mizoram, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan, or recent efforts to initiate ‘each one/teach one’ campaigns nationwide.
- ‘How almost everyone in Kerala learned to read’ in the Christian Science Monitor.
- ‘Social Mobilization and Total Literacy Campaigns’–a government report that looks at several campaigns, including Kerala.
- ‘Growth and Success in Kerala’ from the Yale Review of International Studies.
- Some states are using bicycles to keep girls in school. Bihar’s program for girls had reached 7 million students by 2015, and was expanding to include boys. Learn more here: ‘Pedal power: how bicycles are changing what it means to be a girl in India.’
- A study by the National Bureau of Economic Research looks at the impacts of programs like these on school enrollment: ‘Cycling to School: Increasing Secondary School Enrollment for Girls in India.’
Mid-Day Meals for students
- Over 100 million government school students get free meals at school as part of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme. The program encourages school attendance and improves students’ access to nutrition. Here’s a story that looks at some of the successes and failures of the program: ‘Everything you wanted to know about mid-day meals’. It includes links to a variety of resources.
- The Government of India’s Mid-Day Meal Scheme website has statistics and reports.
- Here’s an article critical of the mid-day meal program: ‘Exaggeration of figures in Mid Day Meal scheme: CAG.’
- Here’s an article that argues we should use criticism of the mid-day meal program to improve it: ‘Let’s Use the CAG’s Criticisms to Strengthen, not Weaken, School Midday Meals’.
Article: “India Tops in Adult Illiteracy: U.N. Report”
Good overview of education: http://www.un.org/en/globalissues/briefingpapers/efa/index.shtml
New York Times slideshow about Improving Elementary Education in India.
Speaker Nadine Templar runs a school as part of the HOPE foundation.
Save The Children, an NGO that works on education issues in India:
BBC clip about Education in India:
One organization runs a mobile classroom:
See how education can help girls and provide solutions for nations in The Girl Effect: