Atleast 20 million in 18/36 states/UT of India co-exist with violence and trauma because of armed conflict.
India has seen violent conflicts of various intensities over the years, with many ongoing in North-East India, Kashmir, and the Left-Wing Extremism (LWE) affected districts and states in the centre of the country. Research points that 20 million coexist with violence and trauma coming from the area that see armed conflict leading to physical violence, abuse, mental trauma and emotional stress. Children who are affected by war have an increased prevalence of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, anxiety, and behavioral and psychosomatic complaints.
Areas with conflict have some of the lowest human development indicators (HDI), also evidenced by the fact that of the 112 districts in the NITI Aayog’s Aspirational Districts Programme, 35 districts are LWE affected. In India, the adverse impact on children is evidenced by the low attendance in schools, low access to schools, early marriages and low-learning outcomes. These are all challenges that are probably easier to see and document. However, the psychological impact on children is much more adverse and life-long which robs them of reaching their full potential.
In this whole turmoil, children are suffering most.
The impact of long drawn low- level conflict on children and the current education system (curriculum, teaching-learning experience, student learning) hardly adds any value to life (quality of life, livelihood, decision making, happiness) of the native people. Some of the most common indicators for quality concerns as per government reports are:
• Lesser access to schools and safe spaces leads to lower learning outcomes
• High dropout rate
• Lack of role models and opportunities
• Lack of safe physical spaces for recreation
This leads us to the problem statement -
How does a child experience excellent education empathy and peace
to grow as a responsible, constructively engaged citizen
Shiksharth has been working in central India (Bastar region, Chhattisgarh) since 2015 which is severely affected by armed conflict because of left wing extremism (commonly known as naxal conflict)
In the last 7 years we have served 50000+ children, 160+ schools, 35 Gram Panchayat and 300+ teachers in the region leading to re-opening of 97 destroyed schools, 6000+ out of school children coming back to school, and 90% growth in learning outcomes ( using contextual pedagogy solutions).
As a response to school closure because of Covid-19 pandemic, our offline learning solutions ensured 3.5 Lakh+ children continued to learn across 14 states through 30+ partners.
Currently we are operational in 140+ schools and community centers in the region, serving 8000+ children in elementary classrooms out of which 97 schools are re-opened schools which were earlier destroyed because of armed conflict.
Our mission is to enable access to Contextually relevant Positive Childhood Experience by 2028 for 1 million children coming from spaces of conflict and adverse geography through co-creation and collective action of organizations working similar contexts.
About the Organisation:
Shiksharth enables and develops Contextual Positive Childhood Experiences for children coming from spaces of conflict and adverse geography, by strengthening classroom instruction, community participation and system support in an integrated approach.
We are a team of grassroot collaborators passionate about collective action with the objective to reimagine the life of children in conflict and adverse geographies through positive childhood experiences.
What we believe in
We believe that irrespective of ideological conflict and geographical adversity every child should deserve PCE and lead to experience compassion, peace and quality education to grow as a constructively engaged learned citizen.