The children are all girls, for this is a primary school run by a local NGO, Agragamee, exclusively for girls from Scheduled Tribe or Scheduled Caste families - those groups, collectively making up about a fourth of India's population, marked out by the Indian constitution as in need of special assistance from the state.
But even the parents present are mostly mothers.
All in the room are barefoot, as is the rule, but only some have left slippers at the door.
Kashipur lies in Rayagada, one of India's poorest districts. Two-thirds of the households here are, in the language of the Indian state, "BPL" or below the poverty line - as indeed, are most of India's 80 million indigenous peoples or "adivasis", no matter where they live.
And yet, despite the commonality of background, the contrast between the generations could not be more striking. While the girls rapidly write out the names of animals on to their slates, matching pictures with corresponding words, the women are perplexed by the printed page."
Read article by Chandrahas Choudhury from Aljazeera.