People’s Archive
of Rural India

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PARI in the classroom

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

PARI Education has touched the length and breadth of the country

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Participating Organisations

We work with young people in both formal and informal educational organisations across the country. Listed below are educational organisations in which students are working with PARI directly or through their institution.


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