SAMAAVESHI PATHSHAALA

KASHELE VILLAGE, KARJAT TALUKA, MAHARASHTRA - 410 201, INDIA.

VISION

One day, all schools will become ‘inclusive’.

MISSION

To bring systemic transformation in schools where every child irrespective of their social background or disability has equal access and opportunity to quality education.

Samaaveshi Pathshaala

Who are we?

‘Samaaveshi Pathshaala Foundation’ is a registered nonprofit based in Karjat tribal block of Maharashtra, founded by two graduates of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. Our mandate is to build an inclusive society: a society for all where no one is left behind and everyone gets equal opportunity to excel in life. And the journey to build an inclusive society starts from an inclusive classroom.

Our flagship programme is ‘Samaaveshi Pathshaala’ – an inclusive school in Kashele village, launched on 3rd December 2018 (World Disability Day). Our goal is to become a model inclusive school where all children irrespective of their social background or disability have equal access and opportunity to quality education.

At present, we have 30 children aged 4-7, including 10 children with disability, who study together using multi-sensory approach. We follow an ‘inclusive curriculum’ that’s designed in a way that each child gets equal opportunity to learn and participate in activities both in and outside the classroom. Besides, by integrating concepts of constructivism, arts-based therapy (ABT) and social-emotional learning (SEL), we strive to enhance creativity, expression and learning outcomes for all children.

Beginning June 2019, we launched a series of new programmes to build an ‘ecosystem of inclusive education’ in Karjat block:
a) Samaaveshi (Community) Library
b) Inclusive Digital Skilling
c) Inclusive ‘Anganwadi’ Transformation
d) Inclusive School in-a-Box
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Meet the Core Team

NIVEDITA TIWARI

Co-founder

Nivedita has worked on disability and inclusive education for over eight years, with grassroots and international organizations based in India and Nepal. She holds an MA in 'Disability Studies and Action' from TISS (Mumbai), and a certificate in ‘Arts-based Therapy’ from the World Centre for Creative Learning Foundation, Pune. In her last job, she worked as a consultant with the inclusive education department of Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan (SSA), New Delhi.

At Samaaveshi, Nivedita leads the inclusive school, Anganwadi teacher-training, and inclusive resource development programmes.

Email: Nivedita.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

ASHOK SHAH

Co-founder

Ashok has over 10 years of experience in print/online media and development communication. A Nepalese national, he did BA in Journalism from Bangalore University, during the course of which he co-founded a students' collective called 'MISSION 5'. Following, he pursued MSW in 'Health & Development' from TISS (Mumbai). From 2012 to 2018, he worked as a Field Communications Officer with CBM International, based out of Kathmandu and New Delhi.

At Samaaveshi, Ashok is responsible for administration, networking, communications and fundraising.

Email: Ashok.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

ANDRIYA CHANDY

Inclusion advisor

Andriya is an assistant professor with the Department of Social Work at Mumbai University. She did 'MA in Disability Studies & Action' from TISS Mumbai, and has worked for a decade in inclusive education.
As an inclusion advisor, Andriya helps ensure our programmes take into account all aspects of diversity and inclusion.

RESHMA SAWANT

Early childhood educator

Reshma holds a 'Diploma in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE)' and has worked as a primary teacher for three years in Karjat.
At Samaaveshi, she's responsible for designing the inclusive curriculum and multi-sensory teaching-learning materials (TLM) for our Kindergarten programme.

JYOTI CHANDEKAR

Special educator

Jyoti is a special educator who leads our inclusive kindergarten programme. She has completed a D.Ed in Special Education from Helen Keller Institute for Deaf & Deafblind, Mumbai.
Previously, she worked with Sanvad Karnabadhir Prabodhini, a school for children with hearing impairment in Dombivali, near Mumbai.

SHITAL PHALE

Shadow teacher

Shital is an shadow teacher tasked with providing individual support to children with special needs. Earlier, she worked as a nurse at the Rural Hospital in Kashele.
Besides, she manages 'Samaaveshi library' and facilitates library-centred workshops on storytelling and creative arts for rural children.