Education Beyond Schooling

Tribal peoples – India and Gujarat
  • 104 million tribal peoples in India
  • Globally 2nd largest tribal population
  • 47% live below the poverty line i.e. extremely poor
  • 41% are illiterate i.e. they can’t even write their own name
  • 9% of India’s tribal population live in Gujarat, i.e. 8 million
  • 26 tribes out of which 5 are categorized as extremely vulnerable
  • 38% are illiterate
  • High drop out rates from schools
Why such high illiteracy and high drop out rates from schools for tribal children?
  • Extremely poor with no access to food, healthcare
  • Poor infrastructure – no roads, no electricity
  • Leave school to migrate to cities as laborers in construction sites or nearby villages as farm labor to earn a livelihood
  • Highly discriminated, considered backward and dirty by general population
Can you study on an empty stomach with
  • no fan
  • no tube light
  • no money to buy books
  • no one allowing you to enter school because you’re a tribal
Educational camps – learning beyond schools
Experts told us that intensive inputs in a positive environment can bring about significant learning and nutritional outcomes.
Our window of intervention was during the vacations since the schools are empty and available for the camps. The camp has various activities with innovative and interesting ways of learning such as
  • Educational games
  • Physical exercise
  • Painting and art activities
  • Life skills and perspective building
  • Personal hygiene
  • Field trip(s) to a nearby heritage site/forest reserve
Our team has been trained by organizations like Pratham, Shaishav and Riverside School in various teaching and learning methods.


Q. Why and for how long have you been running these camps?
ANANDI which also stands for Area Networking and Development Initiatives has been working with over 10,000 rural poor women from four districts of Gujarat since 1995.
After a decade or so, the women we worked with identified that education of children needs attention, as they are the future. Since the last 9 years, we’ve been running educational camps twice a year to make a dent in the lives of children from tribal communities.
This year’s camp will be held from May 16th to May 25th 2016.

Q. Who are the target beneficiaries?
Children of tribal communities living in the Panchmahals and Dahod districts of Gujarat.

Q. How are the camps conducted?
  • Empty schools are converted into residential spaces temporarily with the help of school administration
  • Volunteers from local villages help in cleaning, cooking and logistical management
  • Teaching volunteers from nearby towns, schools and supporters of our work help conduct the classes
Q. Are these camps effective?
  • Positive shift in the learning and nutritional outcomes of children after the camp. All data is measured before and after the camp.
  • We’ve seen a positive shift in retention of girls in primary school and reduction in child marriage, and improved learning outcomes
Many children are increasingly confident believing that their lives matter and that they too can become change makers one day.  

Q. How can you help?
We have some committed funds through a donor but we are running short of Rs. 50,000.

Gujarat is facing a major drought and during the summer camps we would have to make special arrangements for water.
Apart from the regular educational camp, this time we plan to invite the adolescent girls to the camp and offer them special inputs on life skills, building their self confidence and talk about laws and provisions for their safety and security.

Breakup of the expenditure
Food & Stay:Rs. 30,000
Teaching & Training Material:Rs. 5,000 
Fees & Books for next year:Rs. 15,000

Any amount of support is welcome to augment our extra burden.
All donations are exempt from tax u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act.
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11th June 2016
The camps organized by ANANDI have been successfully completed. 87 students had  enrolled this spring- 43 boys and 44 girls from 17 backward villages of the Dahod-Panchmal district. 19 volunteers, including six cooking staff, were present there to teach and take care of the kids. 

Kashi, the person in charge of  the different activities of the camp. She says that kids who came to  the camp belonged to the age group of 8-12. They had different levels of education and some of them had never been to school at all. So, the volunteers conducted a pre-test and divided the kids into five groups. The groups had names like “Khiltu Gulab” (Blossoming flower) for kids who had zero level of education, “Shabd na Shehensha” (King of words) and “Watchva na widvan” (Wizards of learning) for kids who had considerably high level of knowledge.
The day in the camp usually started with an extensive lesson in Gujarati language from 9 a.m. till 11 a.m. After a short break, the kids were taught Math for an hour or two. Post noon, they conducted different activities. Here, the more practical things required in life were taught. The kids were given knowledge about their districts and talukas (tehsils). 

They were informed about the different govt services and how to avail them, like booking a ticket, posting a letter, filing a complaint with a post office, opening a bank account, and about basic banking terminologies and procedures. They were taught about their rights and duties as citizens, a little about farming, and caring for the environment too.
But, perhaps, the most important thing that they taught these kids was that they can become anything they want. “Many of these kids are from tribal and migrating families, they have never been to school because of the harsh environment and strict teachers. Such kids are born and bred with the belief that they will never amount to much. It is our duty to motivate them and let them know that they can achieve a lot and that there is a much bigger world out there,” said Kashi. 

The mentors are like friends to the kids. They cannot be strict as the some of these kids are afraid of the typical school environment.To give them proper exposure, they were taken on field trips like to the police station, fire station, heritage sites etc. The whole idea is to have fun while learning.

Here are some pics from the camps

Shy kids taking to the streets with posters about environmental awareness

Kids playing together with the volunteers

Morning exercise

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