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Education for conflict affected children as Schools Re-Open
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    Created by

    Ashish Shrivastava
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    This fundraiser will benefit

    Shiksharth Trust

    from Sukma, Chhattisgarh

80G tax benefits for INR donations

Story

PROBLEM:
“47 out of 53 children in a grade 4 classroom in a tribal region, sketched a combat scene when asked to draw at will.”
 A child that experiences violence, fear, trauma and socio-political instability will find it very difficult to grow as a peace advocating, compassionate and learned citizen of their country and community. Nearly 15 million children live in adverse situations because of conflict and geography. And, because of a lack of representation and not being allowed to make choices, they become the most vulnerable. 
Right from Nepal, down to India’s eastern states down to the south of India, a huge corridor affected by conflict because of Left Wing Extremism has developed. From one district of West Bengal in 1969, now Maoism (Named as Naxalism as it started from Naxalbari district of Bengal), comprising tribal belt, is spread among 8 states covering nearly 33% of the total geographical location of India.
While delivery of services is delayed and inaccessible, destruction of property happens, human rights violations are often heard of, it is the children who have been the most vulnerable facing problems that might exist for generations to come owing to lack of education and resulting in exploitation, health issues, livelihood challenges and poor socio-economic conditions.
The heartland of India has been living with this unbearable suffering and pain. The prominent character of this story is the Maoist and the State. But, pressing elements of this story are ignorance of living realities, the pain of individuals, and the suffering of communities. Armed violence led to the ruining of three generations, and another three are at stake. Often, this tale of catastrophe denies the existence of a completely ignored, innocent and most suffering character i.e., Child. Robbing thousands of children, and exposing them to vulnerabilities of war and violence. Below is a glimpse of robbed childhood in district Sukma:
  • · Born with a most deprived socio-economic and human development index.
  • · Growing up in a region which is lowest-performing in every social or human development indicator. (Aspirational district program of Government of India, along with 120+ other similar geographies which have one of the lowest performances in any social or human development indicators).
  • Getting education in a location where more than 500 schools are either closed or dysfunctional. And, more than 50% of the enrolled children have to study in residential schools moving away from their family, culture and community at a young age of 5/6 years.
  • Living in a geography that is 70% under the control of extremely intense armed violence.
  • Children are facing the worst learning challenges in every regard (worst learning levels consistently in assessments like ASER, NAS, SLAS).
  • Growing into an adult who is clueless about constructive engagements in their lives and communities.
And children primarily suffer with 3 issues:
  1. Access to School
  2. Access to Safe Spaces
  3. Access to contextual learning opportunities
Our Approach
We believe in “safe spaces and excellent learning opportunities for every child irrespective of any adversity.”
 Hence we exist to DEVELOP COMPREHENSIVE EDUCATION MODEL FOR CHILDREN FROM SPACES OF CONFLICT AND ADVERSITY by strengthening pedagogy, systems and community in an integrated approach.
The model is an amalgamation of pedagogy, community and systemic solutions with children at the centre.
Our solutions evolve from the ideology that “education is a fundamental right beyond any ideological conflict” and how can we ensure that every child experiences compassion, non-violence and excellent learning opportunities to grow as an adult who engages in creative contribution towards their eco-system as a learned citizen practising constitution values, compassion, empathy and non-violence.
And to be able to do that we are working towards ensuring the following for every child :
  1.  Access to safe spaces – where a child is compensated for the emotional trauma s/he goes because of the violence. And experiences compassion, socio-emotional well-being practices creativity and collaboration.
  2. Access to school – where every child not only has access to learning opportunities but is also able to build an independent perspective towards the world and can make informed choices.
  3. Access to contextual learning opportunities: Every child gets exposed to excellent teaching-learning methodologies which are universally aligned and globally rooted.
IMPACT
In the last 6 years:
  1.  We have collectively served 3.5 Lakh children during Covid-19 with our offline learning solutions contextualised in 8 languages for 14 states with help of 25_ partner organisations. Detailed report available here
  2. Designed and implemented Contextual learning solutions for 2000 children leading to clueless about constructive engagements in their lives and communities.
  3. Supported 6000 conflict affected out of school children in getting back to formal public education system through re-opening of 93 schools.
  4. 100% learning growth of out of school children using multi-lingual approach and contextualised learning opportunities.
  5. Designed and collaborated for systemic projects with local administration, state to design solutions for 30000+ children at district level.
SUPPORT REQUIRED:
Sponsor a child with the following:
  1. Education of a former out of school child in re-opened school - 1000 /-
  2. Self learning material for every child - 500 /-
  3. Contextualised colouring books - 100 /- per child
  4. Library kit of story books in local languages - 5000 /- per school
Sponsor a Community youth working for education of children in their community - 5000 /- per month

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