Sahpathi aims at providing ongoing academic and extra-curricular support to children from low socioeconomic backgrounds, which can potentially address the significant quality deficit in government/low-cost private schools.
Sahpathi starts by identifying and enrolling a group of 20 children in the age group of 3 – 7 years in a low income community – each such group becoming a cohort. This cohort is entrusted to a community facilitator, an educated young woman from within the community, whose task it is to provide supplementary early childhood care and education to these children. Even if the children are school-going, the community facilitator provides the much-needed supplementary learning support. This support transcends mere academic support, and extends to include overall development of the children – physical, cognitive, social, and psychological.
Sahpathi draws its strength from being rooted in its community of beneficiaries, and yet being connected to more ‘developed’ communities through a “bridge-mentor”.
Regular interaction with parents of the children is an important feature of Sahpathi. The assessment results of the children are shared with them in one-on-one meetings.
Along with studies, lot of emphasis is given on extra-curricular activities such as Sports, Arts, and Music. Every Saturday, for example, the children are taken to a community park for outdoor activities and fun & games.
As a result of Sahpathi’s efforts, the number of children enrolled has more than doubled in the last few months, despite several other NGOs offering free education to children in the same community.
Since the pandemic struck the world and the country, Sahpathi has been trying to accommodate and re-imagine learning for these children. We have been able to continue the learning process for the children with the support of a facilitator from the local community.
However, times are tough and Sahpathi needs your support in helping the children continue their learning. Your support will go a long way in ensuring that this happens.
Each of your contribution and support will ensure that:
- Sahpathi retains a part of the space within the Tigra community where we hope to gradually restart our activities in the weeks ahead.
- The salary of one of the facilitators who has been working in Tigra since we started in Jan 2018 at this centre is supported. This facilitator has continued to take online sessions with the children during the pandemic, and we would really want to remunerate her for her efforts
- Worksheets are printed and distributed to the children.