Fellow Since 2003
This profile was prepared when Isidore Phillips was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
With physical and psychological violence common as disciplinary tools in India's educational institutions, it is not surprising that many children consider their school a decidedly unfriendly place. Isidore Phillip is beginning to change this reality by introducing workable models for integrating child rights into the very fabric of the government schools and school systems that most children attend. While sensitizing teachers, administrators, and principals is vital to stemming entrenched practices and attitudes, Isidore is going one step further–ensuring that the views of children are accepted and taken seriously in devising alternatives. Having convinced schools across the state of Andhra Pradesh to implement child rights charters, clubs, and even a toll-free helpline for school kids–all with real invisible participation from students–he is now persuading other state governments across India to follow suit.