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
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
Painting and art activities
Life skills and perspective building
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.