Japan Keeps a Railway Station Running For One Girl

This story will make you believe that humanity isn’t dead. The Kami-Shirataki train station in the northernmost island of Hokkaido, Japan has been abandoned due to its remote location. But the train still comes only twice a day to pick only one, yes, only one passenger every day. Japan Railways decided to keep a train operational when they observed that a high school girl uses the train regularly to commute. Read More

Build Schools, Not Tanks, Pleads Malala Yousufzai

Malala Yousufzai received the Nobel Peace Prize, as the youngest ever laureate, sharing her award with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi. “A young girl and a somewhat older man, one from Pakistan and one from India, one Muslim, the other Hindu; both symbols of what the world needs: more unity and fraternity between the nations,” Thorbjoern Jagl­and, chairman of the Norwegian Nobel committee, said at the ceremony in Oslo, the capital of Norway. Malala, who described herself as the “first recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize who still fights with her younger brothers”, triggered not only applause but also frequent outbursts of laughter during her speech. Read More


Fun Activities to Promote Math Skills

Adding and subtracting two digit numbers, Telling time, Counting money, Even early multiplication. You can help your child master these 2nd grade math skills simply by playing games in and around the house. Ask your child to guess the weight of the family cat, a dictionary, a glass of water. Periodically ask her to tell you what time it is. Give her the measuring cups, measuring spoons, and bowls and read her the recipe while she does the work. Read More

Why Kids are Zooming About on Skateboards in this Sleepy Madhya Pradesh Village

Janwaar is another blip on the map of India. One of 57 hamlets in the buffer zone of the Panna Tiger Reserve in Madhya Pradesh, its people eke out a living by collecting dry wood from the forest and selling it in the nearest town. In the sylvan and difficult terrain, a tiny sporting movement is transforming the lives of the village’s 250-300 children. It has given them confidence, motivation to attend school, and, above all, cheer. Read More

Coming soon: Education For Anyone, Anywhere, on a Device

Silicon Valley-based Salman Khan’s free online education initiative Khan Academy is now set to roll out in India. The not-for-profit platform, one of the world’s largest online educators, with over 30 million users worldwide, on Sunday announced a five-year partnership with Tata Trusts aimed at making localised content accessible to students across the country.

“Our primary focus so far has been English. We now have announced a Hindi portal. The announcement we are making today is just the tip of the iceberg. Over the next 4-5 years Khan Academy wants to be an Indian organisation. We will have a team in India similar to what we have in the US. For more info…. Click here.


An Open Letter to America’s Parents and Teachers: Let’s Make Our Testing Smarter

In moderation, I believe smart, strategic tests can help us measure our kids’ progress in school. As a parent, I want to know how my kids are doing, and I want their teachers to know that, too. As President, I want to hold all of us accountable for making sure every child, everywhere, is learning what he or she needs to be successful. I’ve asked the Department of Education to work aggressively with states and school districts to make sure that any tests we use in our classroom meet three basic principles. Read more

17000 ft Foundation

17000 ft Foundation works in remote and rural village schools of Leh and Kargil Districts of Ladakh, a cold high altitude desert in the state of J&K, India. These village schools scattered across 60,000 sq.km. of harsh mountains, remain isolated from the rest of the world for six months in a year due to severe winters.

We’ve seen some incredibly remote schools, in the harshest of terrains, with extremely dedicated teachers and a sometimes just a handful of children. Struggling with bare minimum infrastructure and even lesser resources, managing just with determination and the will to succeed. Our goal is to provide better opportunities for the children of these isolated villages. know more

Teaching The Way A Child Learns

My teaching method: Use whatever teaching method gets results, and if the method you are using isn’t working, change it.  It was never easy; I became a father, social worker, psychologist then teacher to my students.  The wheels in my head never stopped turning, the lesson and behavioral planning never stopped and my key to unlocking them was to build trust.  If a student was struggling academically or behaviorally, I asked myself “what do I need to change?”. Read more

India’s Great Educational Divide

This is not true of India. In India, one class has had access to the best private schools and foreign universities, where all the instruction is in English; the other has had to make do with the state schools and universities Indian socialism bequeathed them. The two classes almost never meet; they don’t even speak the same language. It has left India divided between an isolated superelite (and if you’re an Indian reading this, you’re probably part of it!) and an emerging middle class that may well lack the intellectual tools needed to channel its vitality. Read more

15 Apps and Websites Kids Are Heading to After Facebook

Gone are the days of Facebook as a one-stop shop for all social-networking needs. Recent reports go back and forth on teens’ favorite digital hangout, but the fact is that these days, teens are diversifying: dividing their attention among an array of apps and sites that let them write, share, chat, and meet new friends. It may seem more complicated to share photos on Instagram, post secrets on Whisper, flirt with people on Skout, and share jokes on Twitter, but tweens and teens seem to enjoy keeping up with their various virtual outposts, and each one offers something different. Read More…