The recent economic crisis, partly induced by the COVID-19, has finally thrown into the spotlight the lives of people who were taken for granted by government policy, businesses, and society at large – the laborers, the sanitation workers, the frontline workers, the migrants, amongst several others. Bringing these stories to the fore, we can hopefully collectively think of the ways forward. That it took a crisis to bring stark inequalities to light is troubling. We can’t let this opportunity go. Listening carefully to those from the margins, an attempt will be made to amplify voices of the most vulnerable so that we never find ourselves again in a situation where thousands of fellow humans are at the mercy of alms given by the better-off in our society.
Advaita Rajendra is currently a PhD student of Public Policy at the Indian Institute of Management in Ahmadabad. She has varying research interests from sanitation, environment, alternate economic systems and in education. Like many of us, she shares her excitement about education.
Dr. Nabin Jana is Assistant Professor NISER, Khurda,Odisha, India, where he teaches Math. He received his Doctor of Philosophy from Indian Statistical Institute, Kolkata, India in 2008 and his Master of Science from Department of Pure Mathematics, University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India in 2000.
Neha is an education consultant at UNICEF Chhattisgarh. As an educator and researcher, she has engaged deeply with public education in India across 6 states.
She holds a Master’s in Education from Tata Institute of Social Sciences. Her specific interest lies in developing mathematics classrooms at elementary level that are empowering to “all” with the hope to contribute to educational experiences that are more equitable and just.
I completed my formal education in 2014 (PGDM (2012-14), IIM Ahmedabad and Mechanical Engineering, NIT Surathkal (2008-12)). Post my post-graduation, I have been working on multiple projects and initiatives to understand the educational landscape of our country. In 2014, I co-founded RTE Resource Centre with Prof. Ankur Sarin at IIM Ahmadabad. Together, we worked on RTE reforms and educational policy research. At RTE Resource Center, we tried to understand the implementation of the Right to Education Act by actively participating in the implementation process. I have also worked on projects to understand the access of public provisions like water to the marginalized section of the society. I love teaching and creating equitable learning spaces. For the last two years, I have been teaching at a management school as an Assistant Professor trying to figure out how learning happens.