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Entries invited for Jeevika Education World Freedom Award

December 2, 2014

Centre for Civil Society (CCS) – the New Delhi based non-profit think tank and Education World magazine – India’s first education focused magazine, invite entries for the Education World-Jeevika Freedom Award. Documentary film makers focusing on the education sector are invited to send in their entries – outstanding documentaries highlighting livelihood challenges or success stories of professionals (teachers, principals, edupreneurs) working in the education sector – for this award category. Deadline for entries is December 5, 2014.
The shortlisted documentaries would be screened at the 11th Jeevika: Asia Livelihood Documentary Festival 2014 to be held on December 13 and 14 at the U Chicago Center in Delhi. The winner of the Jeevika Freedom Award will win a cash prize worth INR 20,000 and three nights stay at the Asia Liberty Forum to be hosted from January 8 to 10, 2015 in Kathmandu, Nepal.

Jeevika, Centre for Civil Society’s livelihood initiative, is geared at achieving greater livelihood freedom for the rural and urban poor. It aims to further public policy measures to clear the path for free enterprise by eradicating market entry and exit barriers to promote individual livelihood for street entrepreneurs such as street hawkers, cycle rickshaw pullers and small shop owners among others. To complement its advocacy efforts, CCS hosts an annual Asia-wide documentary festival to capture the livelihood challenges faced by the rural and urban poor. With its focus on reshaping the education policy landscape to enhance access to quality education for all children, CCS is introducing a new award category this year – the Education World-Jeevika Freedom Award, in partnership with Education World magazine.

The award provides a unique platform to individuals to showcase their insights, experiences and their creativity, while underscoring the hardships of edupreneurs in India. Over the years, the festival has proved to be a source of inspiration for other causes championed by CCS. CCS’ ‘Bamboo is not a tree’ campaign had its beginnings in a documentary, Hollow Cylinder screened at the Jeevika festival in 2009, which highlighted the plight of tribal communities in North East India who earn their livelihood by selling bamboo. The documentary inspired CCS to launch a very successful nation-wide campaign, resulting in the classification of bamboo as a grass by the Ministry of Health and Environment that will provide much needed relief to many relying on bamboo-based products for their living. Over the years, the festival has won support from celebrities such as Adoor Gopalakrishnan, Subhash Ghai, Deepti Naval, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose and Shabana Azmi.

For more details, visit For more information, please contact Sadaf Hussain ([email protected] / +91 99531 33868).

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