Bridging the Rural Education Gap

“Education is the manifestation of perfection already in a man.”
-Swami Vivekananda
In a world of inequity, education often acts as a means for the less privileged to self-actualize. In

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The Perfect Mix

It’s 9:30am and a Shaishav staff member is flying down the streets of the Kumbarwada slum on their bike as I grab onto the seat behind them. We are on

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So Much to Learn, So Little Language

My project is with Bhasha, known in Gujarat as Bhasha Sansodhan Prakashan Kendra (Language Research and Publication Center). Bhasha works with tribal and adivasi (indigenous communities) in India. There are

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Better Off (Un)knowing

*Thwack*!
Absent-mindedly, I swat another mosquito away that has landed on my arm. I can now trace invisible lines on my body from one bite to another, and even with

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Tribute to Bhulabhai Vannmalibhai Patel

As part of its Learning and Migration Program (LAMP), which aims to universalize access to elementary education while empowering communities to improve the quality of their children’s education, AIF

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Why Evidence Matters

The following blog introduces AIF’s new framework of Learning, Evaluation, and Impact by founding Director Dr. Varna Sri Raman. Dr. Raman has more than a decade of experience in social

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The Fourth “T” of Darjeeling

In an early blog post, I mentioned the concept of the Darjeeling economy divided into three areas called the three T’s: tea, timber, and tourism. But throughout my time here,

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A Vipassana Education

A few days ago as I was about to begin an activity with our 4th and 5th graders, I looked up from where we were sitting and gazed at how

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