Ashram Schools: Challenges and Future Directions (NIAS/SSc/EDU/U/PB/24/2020)

Publication Type:

Policy Brief


NIAS, Bengaluru (2020)


<p>Residential schools have been part of our education system for a long time. Going back to the 19th century as formal educational institutions developed, residential schools performed three primary functions: an extension of the homebound learning practices; an alternative to formal schools; and a place to educate the wealthy. While the history of boarding schools tells us the story of travel and educational access, history of residential schools for the disadvantaged is more complex. For the Adivasi communities, separated by distance and social marginalisation, residential schools hold tremendous importance and promise.</p>