Babaloo Sahoo, Jajati Mohanta, Lipun Behera, Priyamudra Nayak and Satyabhama Majhi shared the PARI story, 'Drums and dreams beyond pickle and papads' with their students in classes 6, 7,8 and 9. This was part of an initiative by non-governmental organisation ASPIRE and Tata Steel Foundation to bring stories of inspiring rural women into the classroom. The story helped the teachers explore caste, gender, incomes and other issues with their students.
Karuna Murthy teaches English and Geography to high school students at Samskaara Academy, Coimbatore. She believes that education should encourage children to explore and to inculcate a spirit of enquiry. She enjoys reading, writing, watching animated films and learning about life from Calvin & Hobbes and Peanuts.
Sheela Venkatraman has been a teacher for over 30 years. She teaches Geography and Economics to high school students at Sishu Griha, an ICSE school in Bangalore. She was drawn to PARI after hearing P. Sainath talk, and the subsequent workshop which she says, “gave a new perspective to my teaching.”
Manasi Samal, Banamali Barik, Manoj Pagad, Soumyaranjan Sahu and Biswajit Mohanta shared the PARI story 'Learning lessons from an un-amputated spirit' with their students in classes 3 to 9. This was part of an initiative by non-governmental organisation ASPIRE and Tata Steel Foundation to bring stories of inspiring women from rural India into the classroom. The story allowed the teachers to explore gender, disability, incomes and other issues with their students.