Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2010
This description of Bastu Rege's work was prepared when Bastu Rege was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2010.
Bastu Rege is working with the informal labor force in the stone quarries of Maharashtra, a population estimated to be 3.5 to 5 million “identity-less” migrants who have been denied fundamental rights for decades. Bastu has set up a system of schools for the children of these workers called “Pashan Shala” i.e. quarry schools designed to serve this hard-to-reach group. The education model has grown from 119 children in 1997 to 92 schools in 2010 across 13 districts of Maharashtra. Pashan Shala is officially recognized as an innovative educational program under the Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan initiative of the Government of India, and a replicable model for children in similar circumstances across the country.
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