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ERIC Number: EJ1154276
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 10
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0009-4056
Experiment with Holistic Rural Development in Northeast India: Early Results and Challenges
Sarma, Alaka; Mukhtar, Mazin
Childhood Education, v93 n5 p420-429 2017
Akshar Forum, an experimental livelihood school in the semi-rural village of Pamohi, Assam, in Northeast India, tests cutting-edge methods in education in the context of underserved communities and rural development programs. Started in 2015, the school links 42 children and their parents to the vast knowledge resources of the Internet to teach them how to earn a living, start a business, initiate development work in their own communities, and act as stewards for their local environment. The school is developing a number of for-profit social enterprises: a shop for handcrafts, a soap-making business, a health clinic, a community bank, an office for legal and financial services, a laundromat business, and an environmental remediation company--all designed to provide vocational training to teenage students while simultaneously working toward the development of the community. The school functions on the belief that all of an individual's basic needs must be met in order to achieve self-actualization and escape cyclic, systemic poverty. Akshar Forum employs a student-centered model to help each individual student find the most fitting career path and maximize their earnings in a competitive labor market. Akshar Forum is an ongoing experiment that has implemented a series of innovative practices, supporting active participation from students and parents, and making modifications as they asses the efficacy of various strategies.
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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