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 (15 each in KG and Grade 1), including 10 children with disability, who study together using multi-sensory approach. We follow an ‘inclusive curriculum’ that’s designed to give each child an equal opportunity to learn and participate in activities both in and outside the classroom. Besides, by integrating theories of constructivism, universal design for learning (UDL), and social-emotional learning (SEL), we strive to enhance creativity, expression and learning outcomes for all children with diverse learning needs.

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 ‘Anganwadi’ Transformation
c) Inclusive School in-a-Box
d) Samaaveshi Solar Innovations.

Meet the Core Team

NIVEDITA TIWARI

Co-founder

Nivedita has worked for over eight years in disability and inclusive education, with several 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.

Nivedita is the Director of Samaaveshi, and she leads the inclusive school, teacher-training, and resource development programmes.

Email: Nivedita.Samaaveshi@gmail.com

ASHOK SHAH

Co-founder

Ashok has 10 years of experience in print/online media and development communication. A Nepalese national, he did his BA in Journalism from Bangalore University, during the course of which he 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 Communications Officer with a charity called CBM International, based out of Kathmandu and New Delhi.

At Samaaveshi, Ashok is responsible for programme implementation, community relations, 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 done 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.

BHARATI DABHANE

School assistant

Bharati joined our team as a support staff in the very first month, Dec 2018. Her hard work has transformed our playground into a vibrant garden that has added to the aesthetic outlook of our school.
Besides, she regularly takes part in all Anganwadi training on disability and inclusive education.

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.

SUVARNA DEORE

Primary teacher

Suvarna joined our team as a primary teacher in early 2021 and is responsible for designing an 'inclusive curriculum' for the first batch of Grade 1 comprising of 15 students, including five children with disabilities.
She has a B. Ed degree and has worked as a teacher for three years at a low-fee private school in Karjat.