Ever since the Indian government suspended the article granting semi-autonomous status to Indian-administered Kashmir, Kashmiri students all the way in India’s capital, New Delhi, are feeling the effects. Many of them find themselves without the means to cover education costs since they are cut off from their families.
Nearly 400,000 Nepalese work abroad, and they pay into a special fund to provide scholarships for children of migrant workers who are killed or seriously injured. There’s a catch, though: Only the children of those who were abroad legally can qualify for the help.
In 2011, Lakpa Tsheri Sherpa and Sano Babu Sunuwar set a world record of 8,865 meters (29,084 feet) for free flight and were hailed internationally by the paragliding community. But while many other Nepalese seek opportunities abroad, Sherpa has chosen to stay put and start a farm and a business locally.
In Indian-Administered Kashmir, students at one public school struggle to learn in an overcrowded school with no electricity, no furniture, and only one bathroom. This is typical for schools in Jammu and Kashmir, the political hotbed and contested zone at India’s northern tip.
Amid pro-independence protests, violence and a curfew imposed by Indian police and other forces, dozens of “curfew schools,” equipped with borrowed or donated furniture and materials, are replacing regular schools that have been shuttered since early July. In community centers, mosques and private homes, volunteers — both experienced teachers and educated young people — instruct students.