PARI in the classroom

We put a human face to textbook concepts with stories of 833 million people who live in rural India, otherwise reduced to statistics. Students learn to question and challenge processes while exploring the complex links in our society

Workshops and Sessions

PARI stories cut across many disciplines. Poverty is not a number, but the life of a daily wage labourer who cannot afford school fees; agriculture is not only soil, weather and yield but a family-inherited occupation no longer sustainable. The distress of weavers is a palpable loss of knowledge. Stories on dying languages are precious lessons on literature and the society of the dispossessed.

At PARI Education we are sensitising a new generation to lives and livelihoods in rural India.

To know more about what we do at PARI Education, read our articles How urban classrooms can and must learn about rural India and PARI Education years 1, 2 & 3. You can also watch our short video What we do at PARI Education | पारी एजुकेशन के तहत हम क्या करते हैं.

To hear what students have to say, you can read our Testimonials section and hear them share their experience in this video.


How urban and rural lives are closely linked

Know your country

And the over 800 million rural Indians


Agriculture and our food security

Documenting livelihoods

Understanding the relationship between people and the work they do


Farmers, vendors, homemakers, daily wage earners and more

Little known occupations

Toddy tappers, blacksmiths, drummers, potters, stone carvers and others

Foot soldiers of India’s freedom

Bringing alive the story of Independence as told by people who fought on the ground

How to process news responsibly

Become responsible viewers of information

Craft and its ties to the rural economy

Keeping alive traditional crafts that have existed for hundreds of years


Who controls it, who nurtures it and how is it shared

From farm to table

The journey of food - farming, transport, pricing and distribution


History, current status, knowledge and occupational diversity

In the curriculum

Project work is an intrinsic part of all curricula. Find out how you can design projects which fit curriculum and get students to explore rural issues, creating living knowledge on their field trips.  Reporting for a global audience will raise the quality of their work besides being a powerful source of learning. PARI Education will take the best projects and place them in our archive – after thoroughly vetting them for accuracy and suitability.

Create textbooks

We believe in the power of storytelling and our website is a treasure trove of stories that you can curate into texts or supplementary readers to suit your requirements. Our easily downloadable and free-to-use material can seamlessly support your curriculum.

As a teaching resource

Even the driest topics come alive when we can weave a story around them. Use our vast resource of stories, photos, films and research reports to put a face to whatever you are teaching – from irrigation to pollution, poverty to unsustainable livelihoods – PARI has the voices of people on the ground. Read what other teachers are saying on our Testimonials page.

Sessions for teachers

If you are a principal, dean or senior educator and would like to sensitise your teachers to rural issues and how to use PARI as a resource for teaching, do get in touch with us. Our learning material is interdisciplinary and addresses a wide range of pedagogical requirements. 

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