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
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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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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Sports day @ Adharshila
Sports day @ Adharshila

Thank you again for your help to the Adharshila School. The fund transfer from Global Giving to us has only come through to us recently, and we're very excited about using the funds raised to start 2 new schools. 

The 2 new schools will be set up in 2 tribal villages called Paira and Agraa. The schools will become operational with the start of the new academic year in April 2014. This will bring at least 110 new children into the direc ambit of Adharshila’s activities.

Paira is a tribal village in which not many children attend the local primary school regularly. The village has more than 200 children in the 4-15 age group, and we hope to bring at least 55 of these to school from April 2014. Like in the other Adharshila village schools, we will place two young teachers at the government primary school building in village Paira. These teachers will conduct classes during regular school hours, either with or without the assistance of the government school teachers.

The other school will be started in village Agraa. Children from Agraa's tribal settlement have a very low school attendance rate. This is despite the presence of government schools here. The main reason cited by the local Adivasi community is that the children and parents do not prefer to attend schools with a mixed population including children from upper caste families, due to village power dynamics. Using funds donated generously by you, we will hold special classes for tribal children within their settlement every evening in a friendly, familiar and non-intimidating environment. Through this, within a year, we hope to improve their enrolment and attendance in formal schools.

Using funds donated for sports and other activities, an inter-school Sports Meet was held at Adharshila on 14 December. In all 22 gold medals were at stake. It was a day-long event and all the participants were provided with lunch boxes. Around 600 children from 29 schools other than Adharshila came to participate in the event. The winners were given medals and certificates. The accompanying teachers were also given encouragement gifts. The travel expenses of all participating schools were borne by Adharshila.

Sports day @ Adharshila pic2
Sports day @ Adharshila pic2
Winners and runners up of the Cricket tournament
Winners and runners up of the Cricket tournament
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Adharshila on the GlobalGiving Challenge 2013: The statistics so far

Dear Donors,

With your overwhelming support, we have already succeeded in raising funds to adopt one new village and start an Adharshila school there for 50 kids.

  • Total donors: 89 (#1 on the leaderboard)
  • Total funds raised: 3289 pounds (#5 on the leaderboard), which will:
    • Sponsor 16 children's education for 1 year
    • Sponsor the education of 36 children for 1 month;
    • Cover 5 teachers' salary for 1 month
    • Provide warm woolen jerseys for this winter for 150 kids
    • Equip 2 village schools with toys, games and sports equipment for 1 year

In addition, we have raised 1,890 pounds in general donations, which can help us to adopt a second village and educate 50 more children for one year.  

There are 10 more days remaining in the Challenge. Our targets are:

  • To take the number of donors to 150
  • To take the total funds raised to 5000 pounds
  • To remain at the top of the leaderboard in terms of total donors
  • To reach at least the 3rd spot on the leaderboard in terms of total funds raised

If we meet the last two targets, we will get a bonus of 1000 pounds, which will help us adopt our third village and reach out to 50 more kids next year!

Spread the word please. If each of you help us to find one more donor, who gives us as little as $10, we can reach this target easily. Post this on your wall, add a personal message or appeal, and direct people to the Challenge website: http://www.globalgiving.co.uk/projects/education-for-600-tribal-children-india/

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The 5th Annual inter-school cutural programme was held at Adharshila School on 16th November 2013. Children from 4 other schools attended the programme and the audience consisted of hundreds of residents of all surrounding villages.

The programme included music and dance performances by the kids. Many of them are first generation learners who were performing on stage for the first time and were eager to show off their talents to a wider audience. Preparations for the programme had been going on with full participation of students and teachers for the past fortnight.

The stage was a thing of magic, with fairy lights, great music and an eager, enthusiastic audeince. Despie the strong chill in the air, everyone had a great time, and the Adharshila students put up another impressive performance showcasing their local culture as well as the trending music and dance numbers from Bollywood!


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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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