"Inside Mumbai, Children of the Balwadi: Changing the Face of Education," A New Book Released By Asha Saraswat

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Who are the children of the Balwadi? They represent the future of India. They will be an influence: positive—or not. They can become men and women of character—or not. Children can have the chance to achieve their physical, psychological and academic potential and live hopeful, fulfilled lives—or not. The choice lies in equal opportunity in education. The choice lies in the city’s commitment to all of Mumbai’s children. And that is the point. You need to read this book.

You need to read this book. It is a colorful, thought-provoking record of early childhood education in Mumbai—among the poorest of the city’s poor—that takes the reader into the world of balwadis, and into the communities where the children live their lives. Vividly captured with photos and poignant words, it speaks of heroic teachers and children with the chance for a better future.

"Inside Mumbai, Children of the Balwadi: Changing the Face of Education," by Asha Saraswat. To be released September 1, 2005.

Conducting research over a period of six months, Asha Saraswat visited 27 balwadis, interviewed dozens of teachers and parents and recorded what she saw. As she unfolds her journey for the readers to experience, they will both rejoice and grieve for the city’s millions of underprivileged children, and they will be challenged and motivated to do something about it.

Who are the children of the balwadi? They represent the future of India. They will be an influence: positive—or not. They can become men and women of character—or not. Children can have the chance to achieve their physical, psychological and academic potential and live hopeful, fulfilled lives—or not. The choice lies in equal opportunity in education. The choice lies in the city’s commitment to ALL of Mumbai’s children. And that is the point. You need to read this book.

Available from ICES Publishing USA through Amazon.com; Barnes and Noble.com. In India: English Edition Distribution, Mumbai, India.

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