Murali Mohan

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2005


This profile was prepared when Murali Mohan was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2005.
The New Idea
For Murali Mohan, education is a fundamental building block of development. By finding ways to keep children of migrant tribal communities in school and engage them in civic life, he is creating long-term opportunities for tribal groups to connect with mainstream society and participate in India’s democratic institutions.
His innovative program includes mobile schools to move with children, residential camps that help them maintain their grade level, and home-stay programs that let children stay behind in their communities to continue their education while their parents work. It also includes a leadership development component that encourages youth participation in governance at the village level (the panchayat system) and mobilizes them to tackle larger issues of cultural identity, rights, and resource allocation that affect their lives.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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