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Help Make Learning Fun and Accessible, for Children in Difficult Areas

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What is i-Saksham?

i-Saksham is working in remote and conflict-ridden areas of the country (Bihar as of now), where local youths are selected and trained in use of digital technology, text books, pedagogy and other relevant tools and techniques to deliver quality education, using low-cost android tablets. These trained youths, significant of whom are girls, in turn run tuition centers where they teach community children at a nominal fee, under the mentoring of i-Saksham team, thus providing them with in-village earning opportunity.

What is the current scale of i-Saksham and future plans?

As of today we i-Saksham has trained more than 1,000 youth.  i-Saksham has started an i-Saksham Fellowship wherein we are working with high potential trained youth for a longer term period. Some of them are running their own learning centres while some of them are teaching in Government schools.i-Saksham aspires to build community of 10,000 community educators and cover 1 Million children  by 2025 along with building a sustainable and an expandable model.

How can you help?

We plan to raise INR 3.5 Million to be arranged through family, friends and their network. This money will be used towards establishing learning centres, buying android tablets  (INR 10,000 for tablets and accessories) and towards logistics costs for training and mentoring the learning centre.

We seek your financial assistance (through you and your friends). Whatever you contribute will go on to make a big difference along it being available for 80G tax benefit under the Income Tax Act.
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30th April 2020

i-Saksham: Experiencing the power of community!
Dear All,

We hope that you and your near-dear ones are safe and healthy. This update is to share with you how our edu-leaders* and community have inspired us in this time of crisis and transformed the ways education is reaching children at home in deep interior pockets of Munger (most affected in Bihar State), and Jamui Districts of Bihar. We seek your support to circulate this update among relevant networks for exploring collaboration opportunities and ideas for further innovative ways.
Step 1: Assessing the ground situation
Our team did a telephonic survey of about 500 parents to check how the community is faring and the status of learning among children. We learned that:


Step 2: Designing delivery for maximum impact: i-Saksham took the following approach:



Edu-leaders teaching over the
 phone for 2 hours every day.
                     
                      Children being assisted by parents.
                                                         
                                                                       
                                              Encouraging self-learning
Step 3: Creative initiatives by edu-leaders

a. Storytelling through phone

Sonam, a fellowship alumna took the initiative to narrate stories to her students through the phone.
After narrating stories to them, she gives writing and drawing based homework to children to express their learning.

b. Teaching mathematics online

Praveen, an edu-leader from the second batch of fellowship convinced parents to share smartphones with children for at least 2 hours/day.
He is now making them solve mathematics exercises through phone/video calls.

c. Distributing worksheets through Kirana store

Anshu, an edu-leader came up with an amazingly innovative idea of distributing worksheets to the parents of her students through her father's Kirana store.

Learning and way forward

Such times push us to the wider limits of our imagination. The challenge is immense, and there can be no substitute for the in-person classroom learning. Our community is taking all the possible efforts in the event of school close-downs and limited internet availability.

We took an integrated approach to train our edu-leaders, give them access to digital content, prepare structured lesson plans, and involve caregivers.

We look forward to your suggestions on strengthening the approach further.




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* Edu-leader is a youth from the local community who undergo a two-year i-Saksham fellowship program. They teach in nearby govt schools as a fellow volunteer daily for 2-3 hours, and work with the community to enhance their participation and ownership in the educational outcomes of children.

i-Saksham: Experiencing the power of community!
Dear All,

We hope that you and your near-dear ones are safe and healthy. This update is to share with you how our edu-leaders* and community have inspired us in this time of crisis and transformed the ways education is reaching children at home in deep interior pockets of Munger (most affected in Bihar State), and Jamui Districts of Bihar. We seek your support to circulate this update among relevant networks for exploring collaboration opportunities and ideas for further innovative ways.
Step 1: Assessing the ground situation
Our team did a telephonic survey of about 500 parents to check how the community is faring and the status of learning among children. We learned that:


Step 2: Designing delivery for maximum impact: i-Saksham took the following approach:



Edu-leaders teaching over the
 phone for 2 hours every day.
                     
                      Children being assisted by parents.
                                                         
                                                                       
                                              Encouraging self-learning
Step 3: Creative initiatives by edu-leaders

a. Storytelling through phone

Sonam, a fellowship alumna took the initiative to narrate stories to her students through the phone.
After narrating stories to them, she gives writing and drawing based homework to children to express their learning.

b. Teaching mathematics online

Praveen, an edu-leader from the second batch of fellowship convinced parents to share smartphones with children for at least 2 hours/day.
He is now making them solve mathematics exercises through phone/video calls.

c. Distributing worksheets through Kirana store

Anshu, an edu-leader came up with an amazingly innovative idea of distributing worksheets to the parents of her students through her father's Kirana store.

Learning and way forward

Such times push us to the wider limits of our imagination. The challenge is immense, and there can be no substitute for the in-person classroom learning. Our community is taking all the possible efforts in the event of school close-downs and limited internet availability.

We took an integrated approach to train our edu-leaders, give them access to digital content, prepare structured lesson plans, and involve caregivers.

We look forward to your suggestions on strengthening the approach further.




_________________________________
* Edu-leader is a youth from the local community who undergo a two-year i-Saksham fellowship program. They teach in nearby govt schools as a fellow volunteer daily for 2-3 hours, and work with the community to enhance their participation and ownership in the educational outcomes of children.
14th February 2020
Dear All,

i-Saksham will be completing 5 years of formal existence on this 24th of March.

We are organising an event at Jamalpur, Munger, Bihar on this occasion. Your presence will encourage the team. Please see if you can make it.

How to reach Jamalpur
By Air:One can fly to Patna and then take a 4 hour road trip to Jamalpur.
By train: There are a number of trains from Delhi/Kolkata to Jamalpur. Alternatively, one can take trains to Patna and then to Jamalpur.

Please provide us information about your travel plans at this link.

Looking forward to see you in Jamalpur. 
Dear All,

i-Saksham will be completing 5 years of formal existence on this 24th of March.

We are organising an event at Jamalpur, Munger, Bihar on this occasion. Your presence will encourage the team. Please see if you can make it.

How to reach Jamalpur
By Air:One can fly to Patna and then take a 4 hour road trip to Jamalpur.
By train: There are a number of trains from Delhi/Kolkata to Jamalpur. Alternatively, one can take trains to Patna and then to Jamalpur.

Please provide us information about your travel plans at this link.

Looking forward to see you in Jamalpur. 
25th October 2019
Happy Diwali Friends,
Here is a request to help making Diwali more enlightening for those who have to face darkness.
Milaap is supporting second leg of our fundraising drive with 15% matching funds, ONLY for DIWALI. Please support i-Saksham in providing quality education to children in difficult areas. Please share this campaign among your friends and relatives. The campaign link is as below:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/i-saksham2019
Happy Diwali Friends,
Here is a request to help making Diwali more enlightening for those who have to face darkness.
Milaap is supporting second leg of our fundraising drive with 15% matching funds, ONLY for DIWALI. Please support i-Saksham in providing quality education to children in difficult areas. Please share this campaign among your friends and relatives. The campaign link is as below:
https://milaap.org/fundraisers/i-saksham2019
Rs.95,800 raised

Goal: Rs.300,000

Beneficiary: i-Saksham Educa... info_outline
80G tax benefits for INR donations

Supporters (13)

N
Neeraja donated Rs.12,000

I wish you could do more. I wish Ahaan knew what you guys are doing. I want him and all of us to be inspired by you guys.

VP
Vijayesh donated Rs.5,000

Please accept my small contribution for the noble cause toward building a bette future of upcoming generation thru skilled education.

GM
Gaurav donated Rs.50,000
Amit
Amit donated Rs.2,500

My best wishes to the kids and the initiative

TS
Tanuj donated Rs.700
PK
Pankaj donated Rs.5,000