Education  India Project #15466

Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly

by Adharshila Shiksha Samiti
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Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Help educate 600 tribal children in India yearly
Happiness at Jakhoda SRC.JPG
Happiness at Jakhoda SRC.JPG
Warm greetings to all the well-wishers of Adharshila. We’d like to share some great news with you. We have expanded our Satellite Resource Centre (SRC) network by adding two new SRCs in two tribal villages. These SRCs will cater to nearly 100 primary school kids.
Like most children in her village, Gudiya was enrolled in the Government Primary School in her village. Classes were irregular, learning was not fun, and she was reluctant to even show up at the school gate. Today, however, Gudiya is a regular student. “Adharshila teachers visit the village regularly, interact with parents and spend time with the students. We support their effort and would send Gudiya to school on regular basis” said her parents.
Regular interaction by the teachers becomes a medium of assurance for the parents, who then feel more determined to ensure regular attendance of their child. “Teachers visited us and discussed about Aadesh’s irregular attendance…We’ll definitely make sure that he becomes a regular student” said the parents of Aadesh, a student of our second SRC in village Dangpura.
The two villages were selected after repeated meetings with villagers during the shortlisting phase. Villagers turned up in large numbers and appreciated the intervention that SRCs are making in the surrounding villages. They lent full support in setting up and proper functioning of the SRC. Opening of SRC in their own village has given them high hope of seeing their children getting quality education.

We also want to share the spectacular achievement of one of our Class 12 students, Nalsingh has been honoured by the Madhya Pradesh state government for scoring distinction in the board exams. Nalsingh is from one of the relocated Sahariya villages from Kuno Sanctuary and has been studying at Adharshila since Class 1. He is known for his dedication and hard work and it didn’t come as a surprise when he received the Medhavi Protsahan Puraskar (Award for Encouraging Meritorious Students) for acing the state board examination.
Coming from an Adivasi family with day to day challenges of subsistence, Nalsingh realised that his education can open better life prospects for him and his family. Soon after finishing school, he applied for the post of Satellite teacher at Adharshila. Considering his hard work and dedication, he was appointed as the SRC teacher at our newly opened SRC in village Dangpura.

With nearly 30 beneficiary villages and over 1200 students, Adharshila has built a network of free and quality education with a foundation of strong community relations. We hope to grow further with your support. If you relate to our work and are interested in our initiative, do support us and spread the word amongst your circle. Don’t forget to visit our facebook page for regular updates and exciting news.
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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
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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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Meraj - field team leader
Meraj - field team leader

For the last many months, Adharshila has been sharing with you case studies of its beneficiaries, update on various school activities and its achievements through success stories. This time we decided to introduce you to our team. Meraj, an Economics graduate from the University of Delhi, has been the backbone of Adharshila since its inception. His deep involvement with the local community and unique child centric ideology has helped Adharshila in scaling new heights. Recently he has been joined by two young professionals from Delhi, to work for teacher’s capacity building and professionalizing Adharshila’s administration.

We are proud and happy to announce the expansion of Adharshila’s field team, with two young and inspiring women who have joined us this month. Priyanka Singh has a post graduate degree in Environment and Development from Delhi, and has joined the team as the Administrator. Her courageous attitude enabled her to fight huge social odds and join Adharshila for what she calls a journey of unlearning and relearning for a meaningful life. “What Adharshila School is imparting to its students is indeed appreciable but what it has done beyond that, really echoes through me and my story” says Priyanka.

Kriti Srivastav initially visited Adharshila last year for conducting training workshops for our teachers. Even after working in the field of education for more than a decade, she was starved for a field experience where the ground level dynamics of teaching can be understood and solutions could be derived. We are delighted that eventually, she found that space in Adharshila. “The teachers’ motivation to do something for the community and children was moving…What most attracted me to join the team was that I could sense the presence of psychological and intellectual space, where I may serve with my experience and knowledge”

With each passing year our outreach has been expanding. New challenges have emerged, which require dedicated and specialized team members. As our support network grows worldwide, more people are joining the initiative for support. Team Adharshila is a wonderful combination of individuals who have given up fast-track urban careers based on their strong belief in Adharshila’s vision and the passion to make a difference to society.

Please do spread the word about Adharshila and its fantastic team among your friends, colleagues and family too and those who wish to volunteer can write to us. We’ll be delighted to host you. Also do share your views on our Global Giving page, and on your own social media spaces. Thank you for your constant support in this journey.

Priyanka - Administrator
Priyanka - Administrator
Kriti - Teachers' capacity building
Kriti - Teachers' capacity building

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The tower goes up
The tower goes up

I am delighted to share with you the fantastic news that as of yesterday, Adharshila School obtained its own dedicated broadband internet connection. With this, we hope to make giant strides in the quality of education we are able to provide to our students, with a newly acquired ability to expose them to the fascinating wealth of information on the worldwide web.

Here are a few pictures of the process through which we managed to obtain last-mile connectivity at our school.

We are now looking to set up a dedicated computer centre, and are looking for donors who can help us reach a target of a 30-computer lab.

We'll be grateful if you can spread the word among your friends and associates who might be interested in bringing the world of information technology to our young students.

Warmly,

Asmita

Making the connection
Making the connection
Testing for the network
Testing for the network
Celebration time!
Celebration time!
Hello, World!!!
Hello, World!!!
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Adharshila Shiksha Samiti

Location: Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh - India
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Adharshila Shiksha Samiti
Asmita Kabra
Project Leader:
Asmita Kabra
Sheopur, Madhya Pradesh India

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