About usEducate for Life are a small charity run by a couple of friends. We co-founded Educate for Life back in 2005, and since 2007 have been running a school in rural India.
Tired with the tacit acceptance that charity and government run schools in rural areas of developing countries are low quality, we decided to set out to demonstrate how to run schools of the highest quality in the most challenging areas.
We run our school, Hunar Ghar, as a development hub. That means that rather than just being a place where children come to be educated the school is a resource for the entire community to come and work together to systematically identify their most pressing needs and develop and implement a well researched, considered and sustainable response.
In terms of education, that means a vision of democratic processes at school that empower our children to be considerate and independent decision takers working for group as well as individual benefit.
In health, we run twice a month health clinics in an area that previously had no access to quality medicine. We also support all women from the point of becoming pregnant until their child is two years old to ensure both mother and child get the full care they can expect in terms of immunisation, nutritional supplements and professional advice and support throughout this time.
We continually work with the community to identify and begin to address other issues as well.
We do all this in full support of the government. In most instances what the government has committed to on paper is excellent, but the fulfilment of that commitment is more challenging. We work to bridge the gap between the private individuals and the state support, building confidence of both in the other and working to systematically pin-point and then address possible reasons for the disparity between governmental stated and actual resources.