I am homeschooling my child in her best interests

1 Feb

Childline, an NGO in Kerala, complained to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) that a certain family was not sending their child to school. The complain was made in October 2015. The family was summoned to the CWC, which asked them to file an affidavit. After lengthy discussions and help from advocates, here is their reply. […]

Swashikshan Conference 2016

15 Jan

The fourth annual Swashikshan Conference is on its way. This year the venue is Visthar campus in the outskirts of Bangalore, Karanataka. The 5 day residential event will start on February 25, 2016. The previous conference was held at Aaavishkaar Campus at Palampur while the two annual events prior to that were held at Khandala. […]

Learning and Farming – An Indian View

11 Dec

Learning and Farming plays a very critical role in life of individual as well as society says Claude Alvares. He claims that though they seem separate, but, in reality, they are deeply interconnected. He laments the fact that the way multinational corporations, for their vested interest, are destroying native agricultural practices. He also grieves over […]

Our Very Own History Channel

11 Apr

Dolls take the stage in re-enacting scenes from history and help bring the textbook to life.

Reached Somewhere … Going Nowhere

26 Aug

We too had to decide what we will take of school and what we could leave behind for good or …
Suddenly there was no need to get up early and rush for school and that meant no need to forcefully get into bed early too. Suddenly an unknown fear began gripping at me. What are my children’s interests that I can fan?

Homeschooling Children with Special Needs – A Talking Point

22 Aug

In the last year, we have had numerous queries from parents of children with special needs about homeschooling. Many are fed up and frustrated with the existing set up of a mainstream school, where they have to constantly fight to fit in and be included. Some are also unhappy with special schools as they feel […]

The Day My Baby Taught Me How To Parent Him

4 Apr

When my eldest son was born, I was unskilled at mothering. I had been until then, under the misconception that once I give birth, I would instinctively know how to care for my baby. It could not be any other way, the rest of the animal kingdom do not have the luxury of parenting books, […]

Save Open Schooling

3 Apr

We need to urge the Ministry of Human Resource Development to recognize the role of the NIOS and all of its programs including the Open Basic Education program in fulfilling the mission of the Right to Education and to support the multiple paths of learning that children in India are following.

What is Play?

6 Mar

When crawling around as tigers stops being fun, we might break into an impromptu jig. She loves singing and dancing and music is almost always present. She has her favorites, to which we sing and dance together, with gay abandon.

A Journey called Home

28 Feb

I think for a long time, before D was born, I was under a misconception that staying all day at home could never ever be simulating, would be boring and it is for lazy people. But D has shown me otherwise in more ways than one. For one – our home and neighborhood is all […]