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
Students at our new Satellite School in Meghpura
Students at our new Satellite School in Meghpura

Greetings from Adharshila, and we are happy to bring you an update on the recent achievements of the amazing initiative that you are supporting.

July is the month of new admissions to the Adharshila Middle School. This year 22 Sahariya tribal students from Adharshila’s satellite schools supported by you have successfully made the difficult transition from primary school to middle schoo. They will now travel upto 7 km from their home to the Adharshila middle school in village Agraa to carry forward their education. These students reported significant improvement in their reading and writing skills in the satellite schools during the past year. This has motivated them to continue their schooling, something that children in the Sahariya villages seldom manage to do due to the poor quality of government primary schools.

Motivated by their success and with support from great people like you, we at Adharshila have opened six new satellite schools in six different villages. This has expanded our outreach to 13 villages and more than 800 young Sahariya tribal students.

In another landmark achievement, 8 of the 12 new teachers in the satellite schools are students who have graduated from the Adharshila senior secondary school.

We are also celebrating the fact that 16 Adharshila students successfully cleared the State Board examination for class 10. 

Ramraj is a first generation Sahariya learner who has studied at Adharshila since middle school. He graduated from Adharshila just this summer and immediately got a job with us as a Satellite school teacher at village Chentikheda. However, his first job appointment was really short lived, since he has now got an appointment for the post of Postman with India Post, the government run Indian Postal Services. Adharshila wishes him great successes in his new job!

Another Adharshila graduate and satellite teacher Kedar is leaving us to join a new NGO that is setting up operations in the area. Kedar is 24 years old, and his family had been displaced from the Kuno Wildlife Sanctuary when he was 10 years old. There was no functional school in his village in the forest, and he and his friends spent their days roaming in the forest and helping his family to meet food and livelihood needs. At the new relocated village, he started attending the Asha schools run by Adharshila from 2002 to 2007 in the villages that were relocated from Kuno sanctuary. Kedar is not just a first generation learner but also the only educated and employed member in the family. He has continued to pursue higher education and is currently enrolled in the second year of a BSc programme in the nearby town. He firmly believes his journey of graduating from Adharshila and joining Adharshila Satellite School paved way for his escape from the vicious trap of marginalization and extreme poverty.

In the past three months, Adharshila has recruited 15 new teachers and organized a teacher training workshop series in collaboration with the Regional Resource Center for Elementary Education at the University of Delhi.

A sports competition for local sports – kho-kho, kabaddi and swimming were organized for the students of the satellite schools and the Adharshila Middle and High School We also organized an essay writing completion in which students from all the satellite schools participated enthusiastically.

We are feeling proud, celebrating our successes, and looking forward to bringing you many such heartwarming success stories in the future. Our heartfelt thanks go out to people like you. 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 do spread the word among your friends, colleagues and family too, so that the Friends of Adharshila worldwide continue to grow!

Ramraj at Chentikheda Satellite School
Ramraj at Chentikheda Satellite School
Kedar on his last day at Ahirwani Satellite
Kedar on his last day at Ahirwani Satellite
Adharshila girls during Kabaddi competition
Adharshila girls during Kabaddi competition
Inter school kho-kho competition
Inter school kho-kho competition
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Virendra during a workshop
Virendra during a workshop

Virendra Sahariya, from Nayagaon Satellite School, is one of the 8 students from this school who have applied for admission in middle grades of Adharshila.Virendrahas been taking part in various events organized by Adharshila like Annual Athletics Meet and Cultural Program. He fondly recalls his practice session during the Annual Cultural Program, in which he performed a dance number on stage. Though Adharshila is at 5 kms from his village and taking admission there would mean walking 10 kms on daily basis, but Virendra is clearly not concerned about the distance. His only concern is that he wants to complete his schooling.Virendra has seen his elder brother’s journey, a class 8th dropout who is now working as a Mason. The struggle of his brother made him realize the importance of education. He adds “I do not know what will I become in future but one thing I’m determined about is that I want to complete my schooling”. Virendra’sfather is a farmer and he helps him in the field. He is aware that he won’t be able to help his father on daily basis once he gets enrolled in Adharshila, “I know I’ll get busy after  joining Adharshila, but after all what are Sundays meant for, I’ll assist my father on Sundays”  says Virendra.

This year Adharshila received 6-8 such applications from the Satellite schools for admission in middle grades. Like Virendra, these applicants are the students who have shown considerable improvement in their learning levels and have shown willingness to continue their education after primary level. Usually not many students continue their education after primary level due to poor infrastructure, low learning attainments etc. The absence of any improvement in the learning levels of children compels the parents to discontinue the schooling of their children, but the Satellite schools have succeeded in changing this scenario.

Another student from the Nayagaon Satellite School, Manisha completed her 5th grade this year. Manisha’s father is keen on sending her daughter to Adharshila for further schooling and was found making arrangements of her daughter’s accommodation in Village Agraa so that she doesn’t have to walk all the way to Adharshila on daily basis. In a place where majority of the children are first generation learners, the willingness of Manisha’s father to educate her daughter is truly appreciable.

Adharshila started its first Satellite school in the year 2012 and by 2014 expanded it in 5 different villages. The idea behind the initiative was to bridge the gap between the learning levels and class in which the students were enrolled. The main purpose was to improve the learning levels so that the students get motivated to continue their schooling after primary level.Thanks to all the supporters who joined us in this initiative.

If you think well of our work, please do spread the word among your friends, colleagues and family too. Thank you again for all you have done to help this cause.

Manisha at Nayagaon satellite school
Manisha at Nayagaon satellite school
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Sajani sharing her experiences
Sajani sharing her experiences

Sajani and Kasmita are two tribal girls from Ahirwani Satellite School. Both of them aged 12, are currently enrolled in standard 7 in Government Middle School, Ahirwani. Three years back when the Satellite school was started in Ahirwani both the girls were like majority of the other students who didn’t even knew how to write their own names at the age of 9. Their regular attendance at the school and getting promoted to higher classes was not leading to even minor improvement in their learning levels.

Life dramatically changed for these young girls when the Ahirwani Satellite School was started in 2012. Initially both the girls were irregular and even when present in school they were found quietly sitting in the classrooms, only marking their physical presence. They could hardly catch the wavelength of teachers due to skills far below the standard they were enrolled in. Now after studying in the Satellite School for nearly 3 years they are able to display a number of skills which they could not even imagine in their previous life of schooling. Today they are able to translate Hindi sentence into English. One can see them engrossed in solving Mathematical problems as difficult as additions and subtractions of Fraction Numbers and putting their minds in the food cycle or functioning of Panchayati Raj.  They would actively take part in class works and approach teacher without any hesitation and doing group works.

The extent of their satisfaction with the improvement in their learning levels is evident from the enthusiasm they show for attending the school on regular basis. Another thing they are glad about is the opportunities they get to participate in the range of extra-curricular activities. They also participated in the Annual Cultural Programme held in Adharshila on 14th November; 2014.They added (with big smiles) this was the very first time that they had performed on stage. Not only that, Sajani won in an event in the Annual Athletics Meet organized in December 2014. It means they have not only learned the regular subjects at school but also successfully exploited their hidden talent of art, culture and sports.

Sajani’s family is mainly dependent on farming and Kasmita’s father runs a small shop in the village, both the girls are the eldest of the siblings and thus are required to assist their parents in daily chores. But attending school has become a daily ritual for them, which they don’t compromise with for anything and also their respective families have extended their cooperation seeing the overall development in both the girls. Unlike many tribal parents who face the dilemma of whether to send their children to school or use their labor for supplementing family income, parents of Sajni and Kasmita chose to send their girls to school seeing the positive results in their performance.

We thank you all for your support. Please continue to support us in spreading our work.

Joyful Kasmita at the Satellite School
Joyful Kasmita at the Satellite School
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High jump at the interschool sports meet
High jump at the interschool sports meet

Warmest new year greetings from all of us at the Adharshila School. 

Winters are a time of great beauty in the Central Indian landscape. The mustard fields are aglow with flowers, and the sun is warm and mild as it can only be in an Indian winter. It's time to eat gajjak - the traditional sweet of the region made out of freshly harvested sesame - and spend the cold winter evenings in front of wood fires. I spent nine blissful days at Adharshila in mid-December, and enjoyed the fun-filled sports and academic learning activities of the season.

The funds donated by you were used to distribute sweaters and jerseys to kids in three satellite schools. These were particularly welcome for many of the kids, whose parents are desperately poor and who suffer acutely in the days/nights when the winter sun is replaced by the westerly rains.

The students in our satellite schools have made great strides under the guidance of our volunteer Sarfaraz, whose attention to detail and continuous presence has helped the new teachers at these schools to pick up speed in both academic and extra-curricular activities. As a result, the participation of satellite schools in the events and activities organized by the Adharshila Middle and High School have improved significantly this year.

Nearly 600 kids from 11 schools (including the 6 satellite schools of Adharshila) attended the Annual athletics meet at the Adharshila School on 19th Dec 2014. Please see the attached pics for the champions in action in long jump, high jump, races, skipping and shot put competitions.

More good cheer came to us on the sports front as Rashmi, Suraksha and Macchhla, senior students at Adharshila, were chosen to represent district Sheopur at the girls kabaddi championship in the Divisional Sports Meet at Shivpuri. They lost the match by only one point to girls from the Bhind district, but are full of determination to do better next time. Meanhile, Sunil of Class 11 is awaiting his turn to represent our district at the senior boys shot put event, which is to be held soon at Shivpuri.  

Thanks to the tireless effort of some US-based friends of Adharshila, the school is soon going to have it's own dedicated broadband connection. With this, we will move closer to our dream of establishing a computer training center at Adharshila. We request you to donate your old laptops to the school if you are upgrading, or to help us raise funds to buy new laptops. We need a totla of 30 computers to accommodate one class at a time.

Adharshila starts 2015 with a new website. Please visit www.adharshila.org.in and share it with your friends.

We’re looking forward to many milestones in the new year, and are banking on your support.

Surajiya at theJunior girls' high jump competition
Surajiya at theJunior girls' high jump competition
Sarfaraz (first left) at the Sports meet
Sarfaraz (first left) at the Sports meet
Distributing warm clothes: Satellite school Ladar
Distributing warm clothes: Satellite school Ladar
Jersey distribution - Satellite school Khajuri
Jersey distribution - Satellite school Khajuri
Adharshila girls play kabaddi for Sheopur district
Adharshila girls play kabaddi for Sheopur district
Mustard fields near Adharshila
Mustard fields near Adharshila

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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
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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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