Agrasar is a Social Impact Organization (NGO) working with disadvantaged communities in India to further equitable access to safe and enriching education opportunities for children.
Work and Achievements
Agrasar is the only organisation in India for which the issue of Corporal Punishment is central to its mission to achieve non-violent education for all children, by addressing the the root cause of the problem and working towards systemic, cultural and behavioural change in our society.
Our initiative is divided into four interconnected programs:
A. School Capacity Building | We deliver life skill education for students and train teachers on how to use positive discipline to manage their classrooms, and support the effective functioning of schools.
B. Community Awareness | We raise awareness for the issue of corporal punishment, the importance of non-violent education and child-rearing among families, using interactive techniques such as street plays and workshops.
C. Policy Development and Implementation | We facilitate the implementation of relevant policies and guidelines that prohibit school corporal punishment and devise non-violent discipline methods.
D. Research | Our work is dedicated to gathering data and building a better, evidence-based understanding of the issue of corporal punishment, in particular what factors put children at risk.
We have made connections with influential personalities like Nandita Das and Pullela Gopichand who are supporting our work. In 2018 we published our research report “Choking Childhood - School Corporal Punishment. Everyday Violence Faced by Disadvantaged Children in India.”, which is the first inquiry into the drivers behind the practice of school corporal punishment in Gurugram’s government schools. We plan to expand our research activities into private schools and nationwide field research, employing big data and predictive analytics techniques.
Fund Utilisation Statement
We are raising funds for our initiative “Kaagaz Ki Kashti”, through which we work towards eliminating corporal punishment from the schools of India and enabling schools to provide safe and fear-free learning environment for children.