Padmanabha Rao

Ashoka Fellow
Andhra Pradesh, India
Fellow Since 2003


This profile was prepared when Padmanabha Rao was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2003.
The New Idea
Rama and Padmanabha Rao have developed a learner-guided method to teaching that not only increases learning but also reengages teachers in their responsibility as educators. They have proved the effectiveness of their comprehensive plan in over 40,000 schools across India. The curriculum is locally relevant and compatible with the state's curriculum. Low-cost but highly effective, their methods aim to make learning an enjoyable and sustainable continuum for India's rural children.
By addressing the multigrade learning system, they are also tackling segregation of children based on gender, age, caste, and learning difficulties. The objective is to provide an alternative pattern for the learning environment and a methodology aimed at self-learning and cooperative learning. In addition, their system nurtures a sense of self-discovery that is connected with the local culture and the local environment without losing touch with larger developments.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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