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Happy World Environmental Health Day! Prioritizing Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery

Happy World Environmental Health Day! Prioritizing Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery

The 26th of September of every year has been declared the ‘World Environmental Health Day’ by the International Federation of Environmental Health. This year, the IFEH has declared the theme as ‘Prioritizing Environmental Health for healthier communities in global recovery’, which places emphasis on recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic by increasing investments to avoid environmental degradation and pollution. Echoing the IFEH’s call to invest resources to promote a fairer, more sustainable global economy, Turn the Bus explores the scope of ‘green jobs’ in the global economy in this blog. 

Week of International Day of Peace 2021: ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

Week of International Day of Peace 2021: ‘Recovering better for an equitable and sustainable world

The United Nations, in its observation of the week of International Day of Peace 2021 this year places emphasis on healing from the COVID-19 pandemic and calls for the world to collectively think about how we can recover better while building a more resilient, equitable, inclusive, sustainable, and healthier world. Turn the Bus, being an education- focused non- profit, takes this opportunity to reflect and think about the role of education in peace. 

JEEViKA's journey to empowering its women

The Bihar Rural Livelihoods Project (BRLP), colloquially known as JEEViKA, has been a face of change in Bihar in the past few years. The project was initiated by the Government of Bihar to alleviate poverty in the state and provide innovative models for sustainable and improved livelihood opportunities to rural households. This was aimed to achieve by mobilizing women from poorest households, into community institutions called self-help groups (SHGs).

Scheduled Tribes & Access to Digital Education in India

The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the socio- economic inequality throughout the globe, including access to education (via digital modes) in India. We have, in the past, touched upon this topic a few times already, but this blog highlights the lack of access in specific marginalised groups- the ‘Scheduled Tribes’, of India and introduces a recently signed Government program that aims to solve this problem. 

Digital world benefits for women and girls: the case of digital learning

Current research is increasingly pointing out to the fact that digital access can reduce face-to-face barriers that women endure more than men.[1]

How The Online Volunteering Community Is Transforming Education In India: eVidyaloka

A BBC correspondent goes deep into the forests of the Anamalai Tiger Reserve in Tamil Nadu and finds a more majestic entity than the tiger- a cluster of students learning around a computer, with a teacher teaching them LIVE from 7000 miles away in New Zealand! This is eVidyaloka.

This Friendship Day: Linking Education and Friendships!

 

This friendship day, we want to talk about a space that has been dear to most of us reading this blog: schools. Apart from just being a place where knowledge is disseminated, schools are fundamental to one’s personal development, where most of us as children, interacted with peers and formed special interpersonal friendships.

"I did not know I could use my smartphone for learning"

Smartphones and the internet have the potential to improve education for millions of underprivileged users in the developing world. Much has been discussed about the low cost and ubiquity of a mobile phone and its utility to aid the delivery of "anytime, anywhere" education. But what do these educational practices look like in real life?

Turn the Bus model and Emotional Intelligence

Research shows that Emotional Intelligence is a predictor of success of online learning environments

Emotional intelligence characteristics like self-confidence, self-esteem, independent thinking, previous achievements and ambition are inherently linked to performance and academic success.  The model of emotional intelligence, was first linked to academic excellence by Salvoey and Mayer in 1990.

Disability Pride Month

"We don't want your pity. We want your pride.” 

What is ‘Disability Pride Month’? 

‘Disability Pride Month’ has been observed in July every year since 1990, as this was the month when the Americans with Disability Act, that bans discrimination against people with disabilities, was passed in 1990.

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