With a population of about 8 million in a greater metropolitan area that covers
about 300 sq miles, Hyderabad is the 5th largest city in India. In recent years, it has
emerged as one of the fastest growing Indian cities due to global investment in
technology and infrastructure by MNCs in industries such as software, banking,
pharmaceutical, and printing. Consequently, class contradictions in Hyderabad’s
population are become glaring: Middle and upper class professionals (many
diasporic Americans) are the white collar workforce of these companies, while
migrant laborers work at the expanding construction projects and provide
The two segments remain deeply interdependent but starkly
disparate particularly in their access to basic resources and rights, such as
education. Local NGOs and independent volunteer organizations worry that the
dazzle of development is blinding the public to the continued lack of basic
amenities to large sectors of the population. Additionally, despite free education at government schools, the rapidly changing government education policy is completely at odds with available educational infrastructure and mentorship. School children at younger ages are most disadvantaged by these economic conditions and educational policies, and yet, these children are the ones that remain the most motivated group.
Working in economically
underprivileged communities in collaboration with the Association for
India’s Development, our DukeEngage team will
focus on making education exciting, meaningful—and most importantly,
transformative for everybody involved in this process.
Specifically, we will :
elementary school children in underprivileged schools develop communicative English and storytelling
these children gain in self-confidence and self-expression
basic science experiments in schools
with the school children on visual-arts projects
with students on producing skits, and,
illustrative materials for subjects like geography and history.
jointly work with the Hyderabad chapter of the Association for India’s
Development (AID also has a Duke Chapter, for which Dr. Leela Prasad is the
faculty advisor) at the Government Primary Schools in the Vajpayee Nagar, the Sri Sai Nagar, and the Marredpally areas of Hyderabad.