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Samarthya: Support us to Help Children Access their Right to Education

What is Samarthya?
Samarthya means enabler. Samarthya is an initiative to help children have better and complete access to their Right To Education. The initiative, which is aimed at enforcing Section 21 of the Right To Education, is being run by IIT, BITS, Teach For India Alumni and fellows in Delhi. Samarthya is actively working to empower parent leaders to work towards improving the school and subsequently the future children.

We believe that active parental participation has the potential to improve the efficiency of a school as parents have the highest incentive to demand a better quality of education for their children.

RTE Section 21 mandates the constitution of a School Management Committee (SMC) consisting of parents, a social worker, a representative of the local authority, the principal and a teacher. 75% of this committee comprises of parents. Currently we educate and support the parents by: 
1. Conducting informational sessions with them about RTE, roles and responsibilities as an SMC member.
2. Equipping them with necessary skills like accessing grievance redressal mechanisms, filing complaints, working with principals and local bodies.
3. Working on their mindset to engage with the system with care and empathy, to work in tandem with school authorities and to take greater interest in the life of their children.

The Problem:

What is the problem we are trying to address in the next 15 years?
  • High incidence of illiteracy, lack of awareness of rights, roles and responsibilities and prevailing power structures often interfere with the proper functioning of SMCs
  • Approximately 40% of SMCs in India don't receive any kind of training 
  • 25.9% of the schools at the primary level and 13.4% of the schools at the secondary level violate the RTE norm on student teacher ratio
  • 38% schools don’t have a playground
  • 44% boys and 43% girls passed 8th grade with less than 60% marks in 2015-16.


Who are we?
Samarthya comprises of of 8 youngsters who simply want to do good for the society. With respect to our work, 4 members of this team are themselves working as social workers in SMCs of government schools of Delhi. All the members are or have been a teacher, teacher trainer or parent coach for a duration ranging from few months to a couple of years. Previous professional experience of the members include work with Samsung, Infosys and MMRC.

Who do we currently work with?
Samarthya currently works with 238 parents, from low income communities, who are SMC members in 14 government schools in West and North-East Delhi.

How was the project running in 2016?
Samarthya is a not for profit initiative. All the members were doing pro bono work and in fact contributing from their personal salaries. Most of the costs were on travel, food and resources for training sessions. But this approach is leading to fund constraint and affecting the quality of the program.

What will the funds be used for?

To sustain the quality and work and continue with these parents and school, we have realized two key things:
a) We need to stay with these parents and schools for the long run. Think a couple of years to a decade because deep, sustainable change takes time.
b) We need to take this up full time, so members working on this would need salaries and enough funds to focus all the attention on the problem, solution and impact model in 2017.

Please donate to the project if you connect to the cause or share our belief that informed and equipped parents are going to change the education landscape for the better. In the interest of transparency, the budget of Samarthya is attached below. The session plans, grievance redressal analysis and more details about the organization can be found here.
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Program Budget (2018-19): Delhi
Program Budget (2018-19): Delhi
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30th April 2018
Dear Supporters,

Thank you so much for your donation. Your hard earned money has gone into enabling parents in Delhi NCR region. Your support has meant a lot to us. We are proud to have you as our partner. With every passing day, I am more and more hopeful that quality education for all is going to be a reality very soon.

Please find below a few key updates from the last few months:

Partnership with the Government of Haryana:


We are delighted to inform you that Samarthya has secured its first official partnership with any government. Samarthya will 15 SMCs in partnership with the Government of Haryana.

New Year New Sessions:


In Delhi, new SMCs were constituted in January 2018. We conducted 10 training sessions and 6 support sessions in the last 3 months.

Parents were given circulars about duties and responsibilities of the SMCs. In the support, we facilitated a discussion among parents to prioritize the problems they want to solve in schools.  

Sessions with TFI SMC Social Workers:


We have also conducted 2 sessions in the last 2 months with Teach For India Delhi fellows and staff who are working in SMCs as social workers. We will be working with them throughout the year, supporting them in leveraging SMCs as a
structure to create meaningful impact in their respective schools.

Hubli Diaries Deshpande Foundation:
We got a chance to present our work in the grand finale of Sandbox Samvidha. Samarthya was one of the 6-8 organizations which was invited to run a 3-month pilot in Hubli, Karnataka.



One year of Incorporation: The Retreat
Samarthya was incorporated on 15th February 2017. We celebrated our 1 year of incorporation at the retreat. The team got a chance to reflect, rejuvenate and reconnect in the hills of Naldhera.

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If fidelity to freedom of democracy is the code of our civic religion then surely the code of our humanity is faithful service to that unwritten law that says we shall give our children better than we ourselves received.

The parents we work with epitomize this. They exemplify how a dearth of time or resources is too small a barrier compared to the enormity of their will to give their children a life better than they themselves lead.

Finding these parents and enabling them to shine is what Samarthya is in the pursuit of.

We are not aiming for the stars, we are aiming just an inch higher.

Please do reach out to me for any queries. Keep checking our facebook page for regular updates.

I am attaching our impact report for the last year for your reference.

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