THE DELEK EDUCATION FOUNDATION
The Delek Education Foundation came into being in September, 2019. We are a young organisation, working in the domain of education, focusing on access and readership. Our vision is to build this access to knowledge, expertise and readership through a network of community libraries easily accessible to young learners.
Simultaneously, we are also conducting research and building a database of resources to document problems of access and equity faced by disadvantaged groups in the context of school education. The Delek Archives provides a platform for first hand stories of people who face or have faced some form of discrimination in school, and is also a resource-gathering database which can be accessed by teachers, educators, policy-makers and others interested in school education reform and pedagogic and curricular interventions.
Bhaswar Faisal Khan
A post graduate from the University of Delhi, a Young India Fellow, currently working towards making an equitable impact in the education space in India. Bhaswar runs The Delek Education Foundation, which is committed to bringing about reading based interventions in learning, and helping develop socio-emotional capacities in children through free libraries.
Rajshree is an education enthusiast, who runs the Delek Education Foundation- an organization committed to ensure equal opportunity to very child through their free library movement. She is a Young India Fellow from the 2019 batch. She has majored in Psychology and is interested to study and understand the intersections of caste and gender in Indian society.
Titas Bose is a PhD student at University of Chicago, working on post-independent Bengali children’s fiction. She completed her Mphil from Jawaharlal Nehru University in 2018, which was a study of Bengali folktale anthologies for children in the twentienth century. She has worked as a English teacher in Cambridge School, Sriniwaspuri and then as a Critical Writing Preceptor at Ashoka University. She has a soft spot for cats, plants and naughty backbenchers in class. She is the editor of the Delek Archives.
Ashwin Sreekumar is an electrical engineer by profession and has a keen interest in policy, governance and social justice which led him to be part of the Young India Fellowship in 2019. He seeks to use his creative, writing and managerial skills to create positive change in the development sector through innovative interventions. He co-founded Project Democracy, an online platform for anecdotes and writings on democratic discourse in daily life and also part of the Delek Archives team
FARHAN YUSUF SHAIKH
Farhan is passionate about storytelling and creative arts, and actively tries to understand the ways in which stories can be used as a means of education for children. In partnership with Delek Foundation and Teach For India, Farhan has conducted workshops with primary and secondary grade students on understanding various mediums of storytelling. Farhan actively does creative writing, blogs and articles to talk about child centered pedagogy and inclusion of arts, sports and other creative mediums to enable learning
Barnamala Roy has a M.A. in English from Presidency University, Kolkata. She reads an assortment of things, watches and thinks about films, philosophizes, befriends birds and feels she is more at home in the animal and plant kingdom. A freelance writer, editor and translator, she has been developing video-content for an Educational App-Notebook for the last two years. In a pre-pandemic world, she took time off each month and travelled to remote areas in West Bengal (with a special focus on the Indian Sundarbans) for fieldwork (and sanity).
Anjali Ramesh is a psychology graduate with a keen interest in gender studies, education, and issues of social justice. She believes in the role one’s experiences play in developing a social consciousness. Having recently completed the Young India Fellowship at Ashoka University, she is exploring different opportunities that connect her to education, feminism, and more importantly, her love for reading and writing. Besides these, she also volunteers at a COVID-19 relief initiative, pursues music and her new-found passion for outline drawing and watercolours. She is the editor of the Delek Archives.
Manjari Thakur is currently an MPhil research scholar at Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She has completed her Masters in English Literature from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Her research interests lie in trauma studies, prison writings, protest literature and politics of violence. She has also worked as a teaching assistant in IIT, Delhi. She writes poetry and is a dog lover. When she is not doing anything, she is mostly musing on books and food!
Sangam holds a masters degree in applied psychology. She is a teaching and learning enthusiast. Children inspire her, as their curious minds push her to learn more and learn afresh. She believes in providing quality education with an eclectic approach so that the children get an opportunity to develop their own thoughts and belief systems. Working with young minds is what makes Sangam's world go around.
Shreya Prasad is a student of literature with a master’s degree from JNU. She is a nervous ball of energy who finds peace in colours and words. She recently exhibited her artworks in a conference at JNU and she now divides her time between teaching and her art page, @a_corner_of_my_own.
"Bad libraries build collections, good libraries build services, great libraries build communities."
R. David Lankes