Physical isolation and related conditions of inaccessibility severely limit the access to education & information in the high altitude Himalayan region. Besides, the existing educational infrastructure is woefully short of expectations and the curriculum is geographically and culturally inappropriate and perceived to be irrelevant to people’s lives. As a result, tribal communities of the high-altitude Himalayas live a highly insulated existence- illiterate, unaware, marginalised. Developments that would benefit them and ease their burden also do not reach them and this contributes to a continuing low quality of life. Given the education & information gaps, local democratic civil institutions too fail to function properly.

Recognising education and information as key enablers for development of the high altitude Himalayas, Pragya is working on creating an effective, supplementary system for education and information dissemination in the high Himalayas. The project also seeks to improve the formal education system with geographically & culturally relevant curricula and create alternative modes of education delivery for especially peripheral areas and nomadic communities.

The project is being implemented in:
The high altitude belt of the six Himalayan states of Jammu & Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Sikkim, W. Bengal and Arunachal Pradesh, as well as the mountain districts of Humla, Dolpa and Mustang in the far and mid west in Nepal.
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Preservation of Himalayan Culture
Education for Himalayas
Education for Sub-Saharan Africa
Improved Health & Nutrition
Active Democracy & Rights
Enhancing Status of Women
Rights of Migrant Workers

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