Samanta Barua

Ashoka Fellow
Dhaka, Bangladesh
Fellow Since 1993
SWANIRVAR Bangladesh
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
Related TopicsChildren & Youth, Adult education, Development & Prosperity


This profile was prepared when Samanta Barua was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1993.
Samanta Bhadra Barua has developed a community based integrated adult literacy program in Bangladesh that combines income generation with education. Swanirvar Bangladesh (literally "self-reliant Bangladesh") plans to establish more than 10,000 adult literacy centers in the country.
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