The education taught in Indian schools matches the real challenges of an Indian village poorly. Up to 75% of children drop out of school before graduation. iiINTERest’s educational project seeks to adjust this by complementing the school curriculum with ‘life skills’ education related to food security, health and local democracy and by introducing activity-based learning. Additionally, we seek to preserve and revitalize local ethnic culture in the fields of cultivation, handicrafts and arts.

​​For the young people who drop out of school and do not complete a final exam, we offer a short practical education, tools and help to get started on a craft or a profitable profession.

We cooperate with the local and state authorities, who increasingly assume responsibility for the activities.

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A different type of learning –
Stories from the field 

In Sundarbans, where a large part of the population lives with the fear of floods and cyclones, the local municipality has engaged schoolchildren from village schools in the area to start a mangrove nursery. Here the children learn about their local geography at the same time as they gain practical knowledge and experience in how to best protect the dikes along the coasts of Sundarbans from flooding. The project is part of Ahead’s greater effort to offer more locally appropriate education to school children in rural areas.