What We Do

NEET Community Library

Children, youth and community members come together at the Community Library to engage with their heads, hearts and hands. Stocked with an exciting range of age- and interest-appropriate, contextual children’s literature, activity kits, art and craft supplies and computers, it enables children to learn through experiential learning methods. We regularly conduct different activities on art, craft, dancing and singing to encourage children to read and explore their abilities of critical thinking and expression.

Library Programme

The library programme provides support to both government and private schools in setting up libraries and conducting regular library sessions with the school children. We conduct library sessions featuring read-alouds, book talks, word games and theatre activities in schools. Currently we are working with 4 government schools in Guwahati.

Workshop with teachers and children

We have designed, facilitated and implemented a number of workshops with teachers and children to enhance their ability of critical thinking and creative expression.

For teachers, we have organized and facilitated workshops on

  1. Philosophical perspectives and setting up vibrant libraries .
  2. Interactive theatre


For children we have conducted workshops on

  1. Critical thinking
  2. Creative expression
  3. Learning by doing method

Setting up of Community library and Classroom libraries

We provided support in setting up community library in Balikuchi Madyamik Vidyalaya. In 2020, we have set up 2 classroom libraries in Latasil LP School and Uzan Bazar Govt. High School.

Language Learning Programme

In 2019, we initiated a language learning programme with children of class VI- VII of one government school to enable children to learn basic language skills in terms of speaking, reading and writing not just in English but in Assamese as well. For the programme we create our own curricular materials to help children pick up language skills.

Online Classes

During the coronavirus-induced Lockdown period, we conducted online classes to teach English to students of Class VI-VIII of a government school, Balikuchi Madyamik Vidyalaya. The English SCERT textbook is being taught through innovative pedagogy like read-aloud, story-telling, puppetry, role-play and animated videos. These activities enable the children to understand and discuss the text.

Research and Documentation

One of NEET’s key objectives is to generate new research and findings for Indian educators and policymakers by connecting educational theory with practice. We have been documenting good educational practices, conducting research and presenting the findings in education seminars and workshops.

Philosophical implications of classroom practices

A case study of an organization, Digantar, which runs two alternative schools, was done to analyse the interconnections between a school’s educational aims and its practices. This involved in-depth classroom and school observations coupled with interviews of teachers, children and community members. The findings were presented at the 7th International CESI (Comparative Education Society of India) Conference titled ‘Comparative Educational Destinies: Visions, Dilemmas and Challenges’, on 21 November 2016.

Repository of child friendly education practices

By documenting the philosophy, curriculum, pedagogy and modes of assessment of specific alternative schools across India, a repository of child friendly education practices was created. We visited alternative schools across the country and documented what makes these schools different from mainstream schools. For this research, we visited and assessed two schools, Digantar in Jaipur and Aarohi in Kelamangalam. Their practices were documented and published in newspapers and magazines

Library programme to enhance critical thinking

The library programme for government schools has been designed as a research project. To measure the outcome of this programme, an assessment framework was created on the basis of which an observational tool was developed to document the process of the library sessions.