The Rupantara project. A school at cemetery

Valentina Calcaterra

The paper presents the Rupantara program, an educational project set up by two social workers in India to support children from a Grave-Diggers community to develop their skills and improve their life. These children often lost their interest in attending school because they have learning disabilities and they don’t have individual attention in the class, but also because of their emarginated life condition. The social workers organized a special school at the cemetery where children live through academic, creative and communication activities. An analysis’s of the project is presented in the paper, principles of relational social work are underlined. Rupantara is a community development project and its final aim is to empower the life condition of these vulnerable people.


Grave-diggers community – Educational program – Empowerment – Social justice – Social work