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  project name ~ Nirman

category ~ literacy and education




  Project Name





Nirman - Centre for Post Colonial Education



literacy and education






Uttar Pradesh

  Budget Approved


$ 2000


  Year Approved







  Chapter Coordinators


Murali Nandula


Ann Arbor









- Betawar is a village 10 kilometres South of Varanasi city, off the main road where the larger village of Bachao is located, and near the Ganga river. Betawar is economically weak, has poor infrastructure, and consists of only agriculturists and no artisans. Surrounding villages within a five kilometer radius do have weavers, potters, and basketmakers. There is a primary and a middle school run by the government in Betawar. Repeated observation has shown that it is of very low quality. Betawar is full of school dropouts and children who go to school but learn very little and have little interest in their schooling. In nearby Bachao there is a High School and Intermediate College and a Degree College. These have impressive campuses but their teaching is also misdirected and suffers from severe limitations. Consequently the villages around are full of semi-educated or educated unemployed and dissatisfied youth.

NIRMAN is an NGO founded in 1990 that has constantly evolved and grown since. Its philosophy is “excellence and leadership for all.” It strives to integrate all communities and classes in its work. It imparts education, trains in skills and produces curricula, books and materials, and mostly human beings who are dedicated to excellence. It believes in the arts as both the medium for learning and leading, and as an important pool of skills.





- NIRMAN has over one year supplied books and magazines regularly in a friendly, comfortable place to scores of children from Betawar. These are children who have no access to books at all. In the course of their library times on Sundays they have had workshops of music, dance and theatre. Again, these children have no access to such activities otherwise. NIRMAN has befriended the children and through them their families. The children are happy and empowered and ready to move on ahead to further work in reading, writing and the arts





-The purpose of the previous grant from AID was for NIRMAN to set up library facilities for village children at Betawar. Part of the funding for NIRMAN’s new campus was also sought for from AID, as was part of the costs of running its Arts and Children’s Centre. This did not come through. But an abbreviated grant strictly for library facilities did and this is what NIRMAN worked with.



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