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2004

Unsung heroes, untold stories

by S.Giridhar, Head - Advocacy and Research
Deccan Herald, February 26, 2004 The Government Lower Primary School in Vaddarahatti has a single room housing all 5 classes; no toilets; no play ground; no compound wall. Yet, children here are happy and have mastered concepts and fundamentals prescribed for their age.

2003

Union budget 2003-04 in the context of elementary education

The 93rd Amendment Bill (amended to 86th) passed in December 2002 guarantees free and compulsory Elementary Education as a fundamental right to all children in the age group of 6-14 years.

Where hope is born

by S.Giridhar, Head - Advocacy and Research
The Hindu, February 8, 2003 When you see a child working remember that he/she should actually be in school. And helping them do this is the M.V. Foundation and Azim Premji Foundation. If you take the National Highway No. 9 from Hyderabad and drive south-east towards Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh you will hit Suryapet in three hours. A town like most towns in India. On a street away from the highway is the office of M.V. Foundation led by their coordinator Venkatesh.

2002

Password for Progress

by S.Giridhar, Head - Advocacy and Research
Deccan Herald, November 22, 2002 Poojashree is a sparkling and mischievous 12-year-old. Pratap, small for the same age is a bit worldly wise and has a burning ambition to be a police inspector. Nandini the tallest of the three is quiet and smart as well. All three are from Class 7 at the Hemmanahalli Government Higher Primary School.These are the protagonists of the story that we narrate here. A story of rural government school children who use educational software content on the computers in their school with great ease.

Digital Divide: Concern for Equity and Social Justice

by C. V. Madhukar, Head - Technology Initiatives, Azim Premji Foundation Paper presented at a workshop at NIEPA (National Institute of Educational Planning and Administration) in October 2002.

Evaluation of Social Service Delivery: A Practitioner's Perspective

by C. V. Madhukar, Head - Technology Initiatives, Azim Premji Foundation Paper presented at the conference organized by Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study, Harvard University, USA, October 2002 The issue of evaluation raises two further important questions: Evaluation by whom? Evaluation for what? These critical questions need to be well understood, because the answers to these questions can provide us with important political and Programmematic insights in the delivery of the social good.

Teachers Education: Reformisms, Reforms and Transformation

by Sharad Chandra Behar, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Board Member, Azim Premji Foundation Teacher Education scenario today is a cause for serious concern. I am making this statement today. It could have been equally true in the year 1959 when I had my first close encounter with formal Teacher Education programme.

Primary Concern

by S.Giridhar, Head - Advocacy and Research
Deccan Herald, August 30, 2002 Universalisation of elementary education simply put is “Every Child in School and every child learning”. Universalisation of elementary education in the rural context can be given a great fillip with the active involvement of every member of the village community such as the parents, teachers, children, village leaders, elders and the youth.

Moin is back in school

by S.Giridhar, Head - Advocacy and Research
Deccan Herald, July 12, 2002 Chinnara Angala is the bridge school run by the Government of Karnataka for children who are out of school (or have dropped out) so that they are in a position to join main stream schools when the new academic year begins in June. In May, I visited the Chinnara Angala [Bridge School] at the Government Higher Primary School in Maddur. In a class of about 23 children that day, one boy stood out.

2001

Elementary Education and Information Technology (IT)

by Dileep K Ranjekar, Chief Executive Officer, Azim Premji Foundation
December 24, 2001 About 8 years ago, I was amused to see a string of Wipro computers surrounded by many people, in a departmental store at Churchgate in Mumbai. When I asked the counter person what was happening, he informed me that they had started providing the facility of computer based "horoscope". All that you have to give is the birth time, date and place after which the computer was able to dish out the horoscope, which was fairly accurate. About a year ago, when we floated inquiries, looking for 10th or 12th standard pass local youths in about 20 villages where we wanted to set up community learning centers in equal number of villages, we were flooded with applications.

The Illusory World 0f Education: A Case For Soul Searching

by Sharad Chandra Behar, Former Chief Secretary, Government of Madhya Pradesh and Board Member, Azim Premji Foundation Education is an integrated enterprise. Unfortunately the society at large as well as the Government look at it in a segmented way – Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Higher Education, General Education, Technical Education, Vocational Education etc.