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Oct 13, 2014

Adharshila makes a difference!

Teachers training by AUD interns
Teachers training by AUD interns

Greetings from Adharshila.  I write to share with you the activities of Adharshila schools during the summer vacations and monsoons. During these months we focus not just on teaching but also on teachers' training and outdoor activities for our students, who are mainly Sahariya adivasi children and first generation learners from other underprivileged families in the Chambal region of Madhya Pradesh, India. 

On 1st July, Adharshila welcomed Sarfaraz, our new intern who is looking after the Sahariya Schools and also teaching English at Adharshila Agraa. Within a month of his arrival, Sarfaraz managed to convince the parents of our young students in two villages to join their kids in learning to read and write. With his help, we have been able to set up two learning centres for adults in villages Paira and Khallai. 

During 1-25 July, we were also joined by our interns Anshul, Rashmi, Anmol and Shweta from the School of Education, Ambedkar University Delhi. They conducted a two week training workshop for the Adharshila team. It was attended by 20 participants, mostly young boys and girls just out of school and into their first year of teaching at the new Adharshila schools set up with your support.

The students of Adharshila celebrated Independence Day and Adharshila's founding day (15th August) with visitors from Delhi, Bangalore and Bhopal. The events included flag hoisting, sports prize distribution and a swimming contest at river Jhilmil.

Our student Deependra, who graduated from Adharshila last year, got selected to the Indian Army - the first from his village to achieve such a milestone. 

In September, Adharshila got accredited by Credibility Alliance (CA), a Ford Foundation supported organization that monitors Indian NGOs for their financial and administrative management standards. A stamp of approval from CA means that we can convince more and more supporters that their support goes systematically to the target beneficiaries in the most transparent and efficient manner possible. 

Thanks for continuing to support us. We will be in touch soon to request for your continued support this year. Watch this space for some exciting news that is still in the making, but which we hope to share with you very soon!

Girls' swimming competition on Founders Day
Girls' swimming competition on Founders Day
Adharshila student Deependra joins the Indian Army
Adharshila student Deependra joins the Indian Army
Adharshila gets CA certification
Adharshila gets CA certification
Sports prize distribution on Independence Day
Sports prize distribution on Independence Day
The audience enjoying the swimming competition
The audience enjoying the swimming competition
Jul 11, 2014

Summer activities @ Adharshila

Summer training
Summer training

Dear Friend of Adharshila,

As you know, your generous support to Adharshila enabled us to set up four new schools this year in 4 small villages in our field area. With the summer holidays ending, around 150 children have begun attending these schools, and 6 new teachers have been recruited to teach them. Of these, 2 are recent graduates from the Adharshila School. Both Ramgilasi and Rekha are gutsy young girls who studied till 12th Grade at the Adharshila High School in the face of great odds, and are now proud and enthusiastic teachers of a new generation of kids. 

Teachers' Training Camp

Training builds capacity and learning is continuous process, but sometimes the acceleration pedal needs to be pressed hard and full. We are thankful to four dedicated young women from Delhi who helped us make this possible for Adharshila.

Anshul,Rashmi, Anmol and Shweta MA students at the School of Education, Ambedkar University Delhi, who conducted a two week training workshop for the new Adharshila techers. It was attended by 20 participants, most of them young men and women who are just out of school and into their first year of teaching. 

New Intern

We’d like to introduce you to Sarfaraz, our new intern who is looking after the Adharshila tribal Schools this year. An economics graduate from the University of Delhi and a dedicated social worker, 30 year old Sarfaraz will spend this academic year with us. He has taken on the tasks of building our teachers’ capacity and helping them to learn the use of more teaching-learning aids in the classroom. He will also teach English at the Adharshila High School.

Some Reminders

1. GiftAid: For those of you who have not made your GiftAid claims, we request you to do so at the earliest so that your contribution to Adharshila can be enhanced.

2.  Partners Rewards Bonus Day: GlobalGiving is organizing this event where all donations received on July 16th will be topped up. Please do consider contributing to this and/or telling your friends and associates about us and spreading the word about Adharshila. 

3. Upgrading to Recurring Donations: If you are satisfied with our work and are thinking of supporting us on a more regular basis, please consider converting your one time support to a recurring monthly donation. An anonymous donor at GlobalGiving has committed to match all recurring donations if 75% if our existing donors decide to do so. 

Thanks once again for your support to Adharshila. It's folks like you who help us keep going!  

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May 16, 2014

Adharshila Update April-May 2014

Adharshila student joins as teacher!
Adharshila student joins as teacher!

New School at village Paira

I am delighted to share with you that Adharshila's senior student Ramgilasi (see picture) joined the Adharshila School today as a teacher! She has just finished her Class 12 exams as a student of science at Adharshila, and is keen to pursue a Diploma in Education. Her family are unlikely to support her, so she has decided to finance her own higher studies by becoming a teacher at the newly set up Adharshila Sahariya School in village Paira. She now teaches in the daytime and works during the evening on her own preparations for the DEd exam.

Here is a short profile of Ramgilasi which was written in 2011 by our volunteer teacher Julia Mantey:

Ramgilasi is the middle child of five children. She is thus far the only educated member of her family. Ramgilasy’s father, Mangilal, farms to provide for the family of seven. Their home is in Agraa. After this year, Ramgilasy’s parents intend to take her out of school to begin preparing her for marriage. She’ll take the Class 10 direct exam after she passes Class 8. Before joining Adharshila, Ramgilasy studied up to Class 5 in a government school. When she joined, she was placed in Class 3. She finds humour in just about everything, and seems to never get discouraged. In school, her favorite subject is science, and she scores well in all subjects. Her enthusiasm in the classroom has evolved over the years from an initial state of being constantly rambunctious and disruptive. She is now focused, zealous, and a leader.

We're proud of Ramgilasi and salute her spirit and determination!

Lion Awareness campaign @ Adharshila

An exhibition on Asiatic lions, curated by Shankar Chandra for the Adharshila Schools with the generous support of The Rufford Foundation was held in April 2014. Photo credit: Javed Sultan)

The exhibition involved huge posters and infographics about the Asiatic lion, which were set up in the Adharshila schools in village Agraa and village Nayagaon. The exhibition was followed by a painting competition and a quiz, both of which got enthusiastic participation from our students. The kids received Lion bags and other prizes for their participation and for winning in the activities.

Adharshila thanks its donors for their continued support. Please help us to spread our work to more villages by donating to us via GlobalGiving.

The Asiatic Lion exhibition @ Adharshila
The Asiatic Lion exhibition @ Adharshila
Proud winners of the colouring contest
Proud winners of the colouring contest
After the exhibition...!
After the exhibition...!
Shankar Chandra - curator of the lion exhibition
Shankar Chandra - curator of the lion exhibition

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