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Amalgamating the practices of agriculture and academics, a couple starts India’s first agro-based school for girls in rural Uttar Pradesh

A girl wakes up to the crackling coo of birds and a new dawn, only to find herself in a mud hut. She starts her day cleaning up her home and supporting her mother to cook whatever they could accumulate from their remaining stock of paltry provisions. As the suns gain prominence in the sky, she moves towards the field to work, work hard, and help her father, just waiting to go back home and repeat what she did in the morning. This picture might be tending towards somber, but what happens next might come as a bit startling. The next day, she wakes up with a new vigor. Promptly completing her household chores, she gets ready and a car comes and picks her up. She reaches her destination with her friends and enters a new field of dreams. In the day, she does yoga, sings, reads English, solves algebraic equations, and practices organic farming.  This jubilating contrast is what husband-wife duo Ashita and Anish Nath had been trying to provide many rural girls at The Good Harvest School in Unnao, Uttar Pradesh.

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