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Aug 8, 2016

Solar Powered Computer Centre - Not far away!

Site of the Computer Centre
Site of the Computer Centre

A warm hello to all the well wishers and supporters of Adharshila! We are delighted to share with you that Adharshila is all set to launch its new project – A project to impart computer literacy through a solar powered computer centre.

Through the generous support, Adharshila will be soon setting up a solar powered computer center to provide computer education and internet based learning facilities to children from underprivileged families that our school caters to. Nearly 300 Adharshila middle and high school students and nearly 900 children studying at Satellite schools in 15 nearby villages will benefit from the centre. It will help to improve their job prospects and provide wider opportunities of learning. Adharshila has already obtained a dedicated broadband internet connection a few months ago, and the availability of solar power at the computer center will help us run the center without the constraints of electricity supply. It will be a space for self-directed learning and may open new livelihood opportunities for these children.

Adharshila has already initiated the process for setting up the center. Two architects from Delhi have been consulted for finalizing the location for installing solar panel. They have visited the school personally and have identified the needs and location requirements for the project.

However, a recent major global events, Brexit, had severe implication for British Pound. Consequently, the funding we were supposed to receive from Global Giving was at risk of depreciation. Therefore, to prevent the loss to the project, the disbursement of funds was delayed awaiting any improvement in the value of British Pound. Nevertheless, now that we have recently received the funds, the project will be carried forward with much faster pace. A consultant has been finalised for the project and we hope to finish the installation part within two-three months. 

 We are excited to take the project further and will keep you all posted on the progress.

Jul 27, 2016

Gearing up for New Session

A Student during the admission process
A Student during the admission process

Greetings to all the friends of Adharshila! We have added yet another wonderful year to our journey and have commenced the Academic Year 2016-17 with a series of exciting new developments.

July is time for new enrollments and adding a whole bunch of new kids to the Adharshila family. For the last few years, we have been working very hard to improve student progression from our Satellite Resource Centers (SRCs) – which you support - to the Adharshila Middle School (AMS) in village Agara. The idea, as you know, is to provide young first generation school-going children from extremely poor families with joyful and stress-free primary education in their own village. Once they are used to the school environment, we encourage and support them in getting enrolled at the AMS, which involves travelling a distance of 2 to 9 km from their own village daily. We are proud to announce that this year, 24 such students have taken admission to the AMS. For several of them, just one year of our teachers’ support at the SRC has enabled them to make the leap and join AMS, instead of dropping out of school education and joining the labour market at a young age.

One of the new students, Ramsi, says “I took admission in Adharshila because I like the way they teach and the extracurricular activities that we participate in”. Another young student Deshraj, on being asked what his favorite subject is, answered, “I like Kho-Kho (a popular field sport) and I’m looking forward to participate in the upcoming kho-kho competition”. This freedom of following one’s own interests and playing the role of facilitator makes Adharshila Middle School a popular choice for the students.

In another major development which will bring great excitement to the kids, Adharshila has begun collaborating with the Agasthaya Foundation towards hands-on science education. Agasthya Foundation will deploy a fully fitted mobile science lab (a lab in a van) with two dedicated science educators. The mobile van will regularly visit all our SRCs in villages around Agara and provide science learning and experimentation facilities to children in these schools right at their doorstep. We look forward to sharing images from this with you in our next report.

To prepare our teachers for the new academic session, a series of capacity building workshops were organized in June 2016. A team from the mathematics education organization JodoGyan Shiksha came from Delhi to conduct a 2-days mathematics training for our teachers in the first week of June. The second week of June was dedicated to English language training organized by Adharshila’s in-house Teacher Educator. In the last week of June, Adharshila’s board member and noted lawyer and law educator Abha Singhal Joshi conducted the first of the series of workshops on legal literacy and Rights education. This series will continue through the coming months, and is aimed at eventually creating a cadre of para-legal professionals in the region.

We’d like to thank all of you for continuing to support Adharshila. Thank you for being a part of this deeply satisfying journey. We will be really thrilled if you share your views on our Global Giving page and on your own social media spaces. Please don’t forget to ‘Like’ the Adharshila page on Facebook, which will enable you to receive the latest news and updates from the field. Your help in expanding the Adharshila family will help us reach greater heights in the future.  

Legal Literacy Workshop
Legal Literacy Workshop
Apr 27, 2016

Extending the boundaries!

Greetings from Adharshila! Our last report introduced you to our young and dynamic management team which is dedicated to ensuring quality education. To attain the objective, one of the prerequisites is the quality of teachers and thus we laid special emphasis on capacity building of our teachers in this quarter.

As shared with you earlier, a dedicated teacher educator has joined our team and she is devoted to identifying training needs of the teachers. She started with developing an understanding of the professional need of the teachers. Detailed observation of teachers was done in order to understand their pedagogy and content needs. This was followed by individual discussion with teachers. The interaction reflected that teachers need specific support in area of language education, especially English. Given the need, a weeklong capacity building workshop was organized in March, 2016. The major aim of this workshop was to help teachers understand how children learn; the basic premise behind language and mathematics education; and effective use of resources. This discourse was utilized to redesign school's yearly curriculum to provide teachers an opportunity to engage with the content they will be teaching, both content-wise and pedagogically. The workshop was a success in terms of opening up a platform to discuss their challenges and concerns.

 

One of our young teachers, Jyoti said “I never knew learning and teaching English is so easy”. Another teacher, Girraj really liked the workshop as he got an opportunity to discuss the challenges he faces in the classroom. “I got to learn a number of new activities for teaching language, these will definitely prove effective in teaching language to the students” says Girraj. This willingness to learn and try new things is the strength of Adharshila teachers.

 

Moving on to some great news - The Annual Interschool Cricket Tournament of Adharshila, the Sitara Cup, 7th in a row marked a milestone. This year, breaking all odds, girls also landed in the field to be a part of the tournament. This was the first time that a girl’s team played in such a tournament in the region. We are hoping that this will set an example and next year we’ll see more girls joining Sitara Cup.

 

Adharshila is thankful for all your support. We’d like to know about your views, so please write to us. And for all those who wish to engage with us through online medium, the platform is open. You can engage with our students and teachers, sharing experiences of both sides will prove a great means of learning. Write to us and keep visiting our page for another set of cheerful news.

Teachers' training 1
Teachers' training 1
Teacher's training 2
Teacher's training 2
All-girls cricket team @ Adharshila
All-girls cricket team @ Adharshila
Girl power @ Adharshila
Girl power @ Adharshila

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